Elizabeth Brusco

Professor of Anthropology

Elizabeth Brusco Profile Photo
Phased Retirement
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 1986
  • M.A., Anthropology, Hunter College/City University of New York, 1982
  • B.A., Anthropology, Boston University, 1974

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Transitionalism and Globalization
  • Kinship and Social Organization
  • Anthropological Approaches to Gender
  • Religion and Social Change
  • Feminist Theory
  • Ethnography-Ethnology of Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Reformation of Machismo: Evangelical Conversion and Gender in Columbia, (University of Texas Press, 2010) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • Second Annual Peter Berger Lecture in the Comparative Study of Religion, Barred from the Pulpit, Absent from the Stage, and Missing in the Analysis: Why We Must Keep Women in the Foreground in Understanding Global Pentecostalism, Boston University (November 8, 2012)


Elizabeth Brusco decided to become a cultural anthropologist at the age of 15 after hearing the late great Margaret Mead speak at a small library in rural Connecticut. She went on to receive her B.A. in anthropology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the City University of New York. She has conducted field research in Colombia, and published a book on the evangelical movement there entitled The Reformation of Machismo (Univ. of Texas Press 1995). She has also written on gender roles in Colombia and religious persecution in that country. She joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in 1988, and teaches courses on Latin America, the Pacific Islands, Anthropology of Religion, Kinship and Family, Linguistics, and Anthropological Methods. She was also the founding Chair of the Women’s Studies Program at PLU in the early 1990s. Her current research interests include religion and culture in the Pacific Islands, and the experiences of new immigrants in the Pacific Northwest.