A cultural anthropologist, Kevin Lewis O’Neill is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. His ethnographic work examines transnational Christianities, emphasizing in particular the moral dimensions of contemporary political practice and engagement.
His first book, City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala(University of California Press 2010), details Neo-Pentecostalism’s relationship to democratization at the level of citizenship.
His second book, Secure the Soul: God and Gangs in Guatemala, is under contract with the University of California Press. The book tracks Christianity’s entanglement with the geopolitics of Central American security.
Professor O’Neill’s current book project is titled “For Christ’s Sake: Crack, Christianity, and Captivity.” It looks at the concomitant rise of crack cocaine and compulsory rehabilitation centers in postwar Guatemala.
His work appears in such journals as Cultural Anthropology (28:2), Public Culture (22:1), Social Text (30:2), Comparative Studies in Society and History (52:1), American Quarterly (63:2), the Journal for the Royal Anthropological Institute (19:2), Ethnography (13:4), History of Religions (51:4), and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (forthcoming). He is also co-editor of Securing the City (Duke University Press 2011) and Genocide (Duke University Press 2009) as well as a guest editor of History of Religions.
A 2013-2014 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, Professor O’Neill’s research has been supported by the the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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PhD Stanford University
AM Stanford University
MTS Harvard University
BA Fordham University