Simon Coleman

Chancellor Jackman Professor, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 333, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Ethnography of Christianity
  • Pilgrimage
  • Pentecostalism
  • Religion in urban contexts


Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor. He came to U of T in 2010 from the University of Sussex, where he had been Head of the Department of Anthropology. Prior to that, he had been Reader in Anthropology at the University of Durham, and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health at Durham. He obtained his undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Simon is currently co-editor of the journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research and of the book series Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage. Formerly, he was editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has carried out fieldwork in Sweden (Word of Life Ministry, Uppsala), the United Kingdom (Walsingham pilgrimage; the Redeemed Christian Church of God) and Nigeria (Redeemed Christian Church of God). With Rosalind Hackett, he has just edited The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism (New York University Press). With Dee Dyas (University of York) and Marion Bowman (Open University) he is engaged on an AHRC-funded project investigating past and present uses of English cathedrals.

Simon moderates an anthropology list-serve for the European Association of Social Anthropologists.


PhD, University of Cambridge
MA, University of Cambridge
BA, University of Cambridge