Giovanna Parmigiani

Giovanna Parmigiani

Lecturer on Religion and Cultural Anthropology
Giovanna Parmigiani


  • BA, MA, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • PhD, University of Toronto


Giovanna Parmigiani is Harvard Divinity School’s Lecturer on Religion and Cultural Anthropology for the 2021–22 academic year. She is an anthropologist of religion and a scholar of Contemporary Paganisms. Her work is firmly grounded in ethnographic and auto-ethnographic practices, and her primary interests are the relationships between religion, politics, and gender. Her first monograph, Feminism, Violence and Representation in Modern Italy: “We Are Witnesses, Not Victims” (Indiana University Press, 2019) dealt with violence against women, and her second, The Spider Dance: Tradition, Time, and Healing in Southern Italy (Equinox Publishing, forthcoming) with contemporary Pagan women and healing.

At HDS, Dr. Parmigiani teaches courses on Contemporary Paganisms, Earth-Based Religions, New Age Spiritualities, the Anthropology of Magic, and Religion and Healing.


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