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Fred Klaits

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Dr. Klaits' 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.  His research investigates these issues in medical, religious, and political dimensions. Currently, with the support of a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, he is exploring how members of African-American charismatic churches in Buffalo, New York understand tithing as a means of eliciting blessings for themselves and members of their families and communities under circumstances that deeply jeopardize them.