Ruth Marshall

Associate Professor

On Leave

January 01, 2023 to June 30, 2023
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 300, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Religion, politics and public life
  • Secularism and democratic theory
  • Continental political philosophy
  • Continental philosophy of religion
  • Post-colonial theory, African Studies
  • Citizenship, state politics and violence in Nigeria & Cote d’Ivoire
  • Pentecostalism, radical reformist Islam and religious revival in the Global South


Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on the study of the political implications of Pentecostalism and postcolonial politics in West Africa.  Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary, drawing on critical theory, political science, political philosophy, study of religion, anthropology, African and postcolonial studies. In 2013-14 she was a Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute.


DPhil, Oxford University
Master of International Affairs, Columbia University
BA, Queen’s University