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
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  • 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, expected), tracks Christian piety’s entanglement with Central American security. His next book, tentatively titled “For Christ’s Sake,” looks at the concomitant rise of crack cocaine and Christian rehabs in Guatemala City.

Professor O’Neill’s work has been published in such journals as Public Culture (22:1), Comparative Studies in Society and History (52:1), Cultural Anthropology (28:2), Social Text (30:2 & 32:3), American Quarterly (63:2), Ethnography (13:4), Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (19:2), Journal of the American Academy of Religion (81:4), and History of Religions (51:4).

A 2013-2014 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, his research has been supported by the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Social Science Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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