Religious Studies

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Dr Manoela Carpenedo

Lecturer in Religious Studies


Office: Cornwallis George Allen Wing 122,

Office hours: Mondays 15.00-17.00, Tuesday 14.00-16.00


Manoela Carpenedo is a lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent.
Social scientist and ethnographer, her work is dedicated to understanding Christian syncretic movements and their intersections with gender and ethnicity in Latin America.  

Manoela is currently working on her first manuscript: “Becoming Jewish believing in Jesus: Conversion, Gender and Ethnicity in the production of the Judaising Evangelical subject”. Building on her ethnographic work in Brazil, the monograph explores the reasons why former Charismatic Evangelicals (with no Jewish background) are now embracing Orthodox Jewish tenets and lifestyles.

Before joining the University of Kent, Manoela supervised courses on Sociology of Religion and on World Christianities at the Divinity Department, Cambridge University. She also taught courses on Race/Ethnicity and Modern Societies in the Sociology Department at Cambridge.

Manoela studied Social Psychology (BA, UFRGS - Brazil/Tubingen University - Germany); Gender Studies (MA, University of Oviedo – Spain/ Central European University - Hungary). She also holds a MPhil & PhD in Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK.

Her broad research interests focus on topics related to; the Anthropology of Christianity, Sociology of Religion, Geopolitics of Faith, Religious Syncretism, Anthropology of Moralities, Gender and Religion.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Carpenedo, M. (2017). Collective memory in the making of religious change: the case of 'emerging Jews' followers of Jesus. Religion [Online] 48:83-104. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 1 [See all in KAR]
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Manoela teaches modules on themes related to the Sociology of Religion, Religion in Contemporary Societies and Global Christianities.

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Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Religious Studies

Last Updated: 17/10/2018