Dr. Evgenia Fotiou

Dr. Evgenia Fotiou

Department of Anthropology
Assistant Professor
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Evgenia Fotiou has a PhD in cultural anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed doctoral research on ayahuasca use in the context of tourism. She is interested in health and healing in cross-cultural perspective as well as indigenous religions, and is currently researching the revitalization of pre-Christian religion in modern Greece. She has taught as a lecturer at the UW-Madison departments of Anthropology and Gender and Women’s Studies (2011–2012), and as an ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Indigenous Religions at Luther College, where she taught courses in the Department of Religion and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work (2012–2014). She was guest editor of a special issue on ayahuasca and healing for the journal Anthropology of Consciousness (Spring 2012). She is on the board of directors for the Society of the Anthropology of Consciousness and a founding member of the International Society for the Academic Research on Shamanism.



Cultural anthropology, Religion, Medical Anthropology, Gender, Lowland South America & Greece, Prejudice and acceptance, diversity and intercultural dialogue, global disease and health, religion and globalization, Women's Health, reproductive justice


  • 2014 “One Heart”: Personal Insights into Spiritual Dimensions of Participation in Contemporary Ayahuasca Rituals. In Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances, Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God. J. Harold Ellens ed. Pp. 71-99. Westp
  • 2014 “We are the Indians of Greece”: Indigeneity and Religious Revitalization in Modern Greece. CrossCurrents 64(2):219-235.
  • 2014 On the Uneasiness of Tourism: Considerations on Shamanic Tourism in Western Amazonia. In Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond. Beatriz C. Labate and Clancy Cavnar eds. Pp. 159–181. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2012 Working with “La Medicina”: Elements of Healing in Contemporary Ayahuasca Rituals. Anthropology of Consciousness23(1):7-29.
  • 2010 Encounters with Sorcery: an Ethnographer's Account.Anthropology and Humanism 35(2):192-203.
  • 2008 Shamanic Tourism and the Commercialization of Ayahuasca.Peripheria 11:12-15.

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative