Simon Coleman

Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Arts
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
  • Sweden, England, Nigeria


Simon Coleman 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 was President, Society for the Anthropology of Religion, from 2017-19. He is currently co-editor of the journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research and of the book series Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism. 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; English cathedrals; the Redeemed Christian Church of God) and Nigeria (Redeemed Christian Church of God). With Rosalind Hackett, he edited The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism (New York University Press, 2015) and his book Powers of Pilgrimage: Religion in a World of Motion was also published by NYU Press, in 2021. With English and Nigerian colleagues he is engaged on an British Academy-funded project investigating the religious infrastructures in Lagos.


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