Judith Ellen Brunton

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Religion in North America
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Environmental Humanities


Judith Ellen Brunton is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion and an anthropologist of religion in North America. Judith’s current project explores how legacies of oil extraction allow for contemporary imaginaries of the good life in Alberta. Judith follows how oil companies, government agencies, and community organizations in Alberta use oil to describe a specific set of morals and values. This includes case studies on: Imperial Oil’s publications, Energy Heritage sites, The Calgary Stampede, and various corporate aspirational initiatives in Calgary. Judith is broadly interested in questions of land and labour, secularity and enchantment, religion-making, and method. Judith held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship to pursue her research and was an Honorary Louisville Dissertation Fellow and a Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Graduate Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute exploring the theme ‘Strange Weather’ in 2019-2020. Judith is an alumni of Massey College and is a current Junior Fellow at Victoria College.