Frøystad is a social anthropologist and professor of Modern South Asian Studies. Specializing on religious complexity mainly in Northern India, her research clusters around three topics: Firstly, religious change: What makes people alter their religious priorities? Secondly, friction: Which forms do contemporary religious contestations take, and why? And thirdly, their arguably cosmopolitan opposite: What makes people cross "official" religious boundaries for divine assistance, and how can such crossings contribute to promote social cohesion in plural societies?
Having done in-depth fieldwork to examine these topics since the early 1990s, Frøystad has also contributed to the long-standing debate about anthropological research methods. Snippets of her recent ethnographic material are depicted in the ethnographic film A Kali Temple Inside Out (2018), which is available at RAI and Kanopy.
Frøystad's teaching increasingly pertains to the study of religion, where she teaches religion and politics (KOS4050), Hinduism (REL2220) and field methods (REL4002). She also holds extensive teaching experience from India studies and the anthropology departments at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo.
- 2022 --- : Editor (with Tord Larsen) of Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift, a Norwegian-language peer-reviewed anthropology journal
- 2017-2019 Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Unviersity of Bergen
- 2014 --- : Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, University of Oslo
- 2013: Guest researcher, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen
- 2007-2014: Professor/Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen
- 2006-2007 Visiting scholar, UC San Diego Department of Anthropology (6 months)
- 2003-2007: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
- 2000-2003: Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
- 2000: Dr Polit (PhD), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
- 1995-2000: PhD Research Fellow, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)