Associate Professor
Contact Areas of Interest
O'Neill, Kevin Lewis Department for the Study of Religion & Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
170 St George Street, Room 301
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-7050
f: 416-978-1610
e: kevin.oneill@utoronto.ca
  • Transnational Christianities
  • Moral dimensions of political practice
  • Pentecostalism and democracy
  • Central American security
  • Geopolitics


Kevin Lewis O’Neill’s work, deeply ethnographic, examines the moral dimensions of contemporary political practice. His 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. The first is titled “For Christ’s Sake” and looks at the concomitant rise of crack cocaine and Christian drug rehabilitation centers in Guatemala City. The second is titled “The Problem of Evil” and considers clerical sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, with a focus on the movement of predators from North America to Latin America.

Curriculum Vitae

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Recent Awards

2013-2014  American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

2013-2015  Open Society Foundations Research Grant

2012-2013  SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences Grant

2011-2013  SSRC/OSF Drugs, Security & Democracy Post-Doctoral Fellowship