Michelle MacCarthy

Faculty of Arts

Faculty Member Information


Dr. MacCarthy joined the faculty of Saint Mary's University in 2017. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow on the project Gender and Pentecostal Christianity: A comparative analysis with a focus on Africa and Melanesia at the University of Bergen, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and led by project director Prof. Annelin Eriksen. Dr. MacCarthy is originally from New Brunswick.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Auckland, 2013
M.A., Anthropology (Prehistoric Archaeology), Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2003
B.A., Anthropology, McGill University, 1999

Scholarly Contributions


Rio Knut, MacCarthy Michelle, Blanes Ruy. "Pentecostalism and Witchcraft: Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia" (Fall - 2017)
MacCarthy Michelle. "Making the Modern Primitive" (Fall - 2016)

Journal Articles

Eriksen Annelin, MacCarthy Michelle. "Introduction to Special Issue of TAJA: Gender and Christianity in Melanesia: Towards a Unified analysis", The Australian Journal of Anthropology 27:2 (Summer - 2016), 139-148
MacCarthy Michelle. "The morality of mweki: Performing sexuality in the ‘Islands of Love’ ", The Australian Journal of Anthropology 27:2 (Summer - 2016), 149-167
MacCarthy Michelle. "'Like Playing a Game Where You Don't Know the Rules': Investing Meaning in Intercultural Cash Transactions Between Tourists and Trobriand Islanders", Ethnos Special Issue: Primitivist Tourism 80:4 (Winter - 2015), 448-471
MacCarthy Michelle. "“More than Grass Skirts and Feathers”: Negotiating Culture in the Trobriand Islands", International Journal of Heritage Studies 19:1 (Spring - 2013), 62-77
MacCarthy Michelle. "Playing Politics with Yams: Food Security in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea", Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 34:2 (Spring - 2012), 136-147