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Kevin O'Neill
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George St., Room 301
416-978-1610 fax
  • Diaspora and Transnationalism
  • Religion in the Americas
  • History of Religions
  • Ethnographic Inquiry


Kevin Lewis O’Neill is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. His work, deeply ethnographic, examines the moral dimensions of contemporary political practice. O’Neill’s first book, City of God (University of California Press 2010), details Neo-Pentecostalism’s relationship to democratization at the level of citizenship in postwar Guatemala. His second book, Secure the Soul (University of California Press 2015), tracks Christian piety’s entanglement with Central American security.

Professor O’Neill is currently writing two books. Both focus on instances of humans hunting humans. TThe first, titled Hunted, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press’s Class 200 Series. It explores the predatory pastoralism that so often underwrites compulsory drug rehabilitation centers in Guatemala City. The second book considers clerical sexual abuse in Latin America.

The editor or co-editor of volumes on genocide, security, practice, and the will, his articles appear in such journals as Critical Inquiry (43:3), Comparative Studies in Society and History (52:1), Public Culture (22:1; 29:3; 30:2), Social Text (30:2 and 32:3), Cultural Anthropology (28:2), Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (19:2), American Quarterly (63:2), History of Religions (51:4), and Journal of the American Academy of Religion (81:4).

Professor O’Neill is also the editor of a new book series with the University of California Press – Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century.

Curriculum Vitae

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Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship
SSHRC Insight Grant
Social Sciences Research Council Research Grant
Open Society Foundations Research Grant
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences Grant
SSRC/OSF Drugs, Security & Democracy Post-Doctoral Fellowship