Joel Robbins has been the Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College since 2013, having previously taught in and chaired the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He has broad interests in the anthropology of ethics and values, the anthropology of religion, and anthropological theory.

Much of his work to date has focused on developing the anthropological study of Christianity and on helping to construct theoretical models of the role of values in social life generally and in processes of radical cultural change in particular.  His latest research focuses on the nature of religious knowledge and processes of religious education.  His publications include the books Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society and Theology and the Anthropology of Christian Life, and numerous edited volumes, including most recently Where is the Good in the World: Ethical Life Between Social Theory and Philosophy.

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