Frøystad is a social anthropologist working on religious complexity in India. Since 2014 she has primarily been interested in practices assumed to promote cohesion in multi-religious societies, paying particular attention to ritual participation across religious boundaries and the legal regulation of religious offence.
Frøystad has also conducted research on the growth of New Age-inspired religious movements amongst the Indian middle classes since the 1990s as well as on everyday Hindu nationalist rhetoric and its articulation with social inequalities.
- 2017-2019 Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Unviersity of Bergen
- 2007-2014: Associate Professor (Professor from 2014), 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
- Dr Polit (PhD), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, 2000
- 1995-2000: PhD Research Fellow, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)