Karen McCarthy Brown

Karen McCarthy Brown

WSRP Research Associate 1983–84

Home institution

Drew University

Research project

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

An ethnobiography and family history of Alourdes Champagne (Mama Lola), a Vodou priestess living and working in Brooklyn as the spiritual head of a large and diverse community of Haitian immigrants. A case study of a woman religious leader and of the role of religion in situations of conflict, oppression, and rapid social change.


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