Frederick Klaits


Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2002
Office: Fillmore 376
Phone: (716) 645-6388

Curriculum vitae [.pdf format]


Research Interests

Care in social practice and political theory; Religion and healing; Self and other in religious practice; Humanitarianism; United States, southern Africa.

My animating questions center on why, how, and with what consequences people come to feel that their well-being is or is not bound up with that of others.  My research investigates these issues in medical, religious, and political dimensions.  I have conducted long-term fieldwork in Botswana, exploring the ways in which members of an Apostolic healing church have made efforts to sustain relationships of care and love in the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  I am pursuing two current projects in Buffalo, New York.  The first project explores how Pentecostal believers understand the nature of the self, and of divine and human others, in relation to substance abuse.  A second project investigates how experiences of disability transform relationships of respect and care among the urban poor.  I serve as director of the Medical Anthropology lab in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo.


Selected Publications


2010 Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana’s Time of AIDS. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

2012 Christianity in Southern Africa: The Aesthetics of Well-Being. In Introducing World Christianity, Charles Farhadian, ed. London: Blackwell.

2011 Introduction: Self, Other and God in African Christianities. Journal of Religion in Africa 41(2):143-153.

2011 Asking as Giving: Apostolic Prayers and the Aesthetics of Well-Being in Botswana. Journal of Religion in Africa 41(2):206-226.

2009 Faith and the Intersubjectivity of Care in Botswana. Africa Today 56(1):3-20.

2005 Review Essay: Postcolonial Civility. Journal of Southern African Studies 31(3):649-662.

2005 The Widow in Blue: Blood and the Morality of Remembering during Botswana’s Time of AIDS. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 75(1):46-62.

2002 Funerals and the Public Space of Sentiment in Botswana. Co-authored with Deborah Durham. Journal of Southern African Studies 28(4):773-791.

1998 Making a Good Death: AIDS and Social Belonging in an Independent Church in Gaborone. Botswana Notes and Records 30:101-119.


Undergraduate Courses Offered

APY 106: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Graduate Courses Offered

APY 575: Special Topics: Gender and the Politics of Health in Africa