|O’NEILL, KEVIN LEWIS
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|Department for the Study of Religion & Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
170 St George Street, Room 301
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
PhD Stanford, AM Stanford, MTS Harvard, BA Fordham.
A cultural anthropologist, Kevin Lewis O’Neill’s 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. He has also acted as guest editor of the journal History of Religions.
2013 “Beyond Broken: Affective Spaces and the Study of American Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81(4).
2013 “Verticality.” With Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19(2).
2013 “Left Behind: Security, Salvation, and the Subject of Prevention.” Cultural Anthropology 28(2).
2012 “The Soul of Security: Christianity, Corporatism, and Control in Postwar Guatemala.” Social Text 30(2).
2012 “There is no more room: Cemeteries, personhood, and bare death.” Ethnography 13(4).
2012 “Explorations in Theory and Practice: Thinking with Catherine Bell.” History of Religions 51(4).
2011 Securing the City: Neoliberalism, Space, and Insecurity in Postwar Guatemala. Ed. with Kedron Thomas. Duke University Press.
2011 “Delinquent Realities: Christianity, Formality, and Security in the Americas.” American Quarterly 63(2).
2010 City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala. University of California Press.
2010 “The Reckless Will: Prison Chaplaincy and the Problem of Mara Salvatrucha.” Public Culture 22(1).
2010 “I Want More of You: The Politics of Christian Eroticism in Postwar Guatemala.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 52(1).
2009 Genocide: Truth, Memory, and Representation. Ed. with Alexander Laban Hinton. Duke University Press.
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.