Personal profile


Professor Myscofski teaches courses on Myth and Ritual, Women and Religions, Religion and Magic, Native American and African Religions, Latin American Religions, Religions of the African-American Diaspora, and Cults in America. She was honored in 2001 as the recipient of the Dupont Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests are aspects of women’s religious lives in colonial Brazil, and she has published on messianic movements, marriage and sexuality, women and magic, and women's confessions to the Brazilian Inquisition. For her archival research, she traveled to Brazil in 1979-80, and again in 1990, 2005, and 2009. 

Education/Academic qualification

Divinity School, Ph. D, University of Chicago

1981 → …

Summer Institute in Portuguese Language, University of California at Santa Barbara

1977 → …

Divinity School, A.M., University of Chicago

1976 → …

History and Philosophy of Religion, A.B., University of Chicago

1975 → …


  • Women's Studies
  • Religion
  • Other Religion