Professor and Director
Kevin Lewis O’Neill is the Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. A cultural and social anthropologist, Professor O’Neill’s work, deeply ethnographic, examines the moral dimensions of contemporary political practice. His first book, City of God (University of California Press 2010), details Neo-Pentecostalism’s relationship to democratization at the level of citizenship in postwar Guatemala. His second book, Secure the Soul (University of California Press 2015), tracks Christian piety’s entanglement with Central American security.
Professor O’Neill is currently writing two books. Both focus on instances of humans hunting humans. The first is under contract with the University of Chicago Press’s Class 200 Series and looks at compulsory drug rehabilitation centers in Guatemala City. The second considers clerical sexual abuse in Latin America.
The editor or co-editor of volumes on genocide, security, practice, and the will, his articles appear in such journals as Critical Inquiry (43:3), Comparative Studies in Society and History (52:1), Public Culture (22:1, 29:3 & 30:1), Social Text (30:2 and 32:3), Cultural Anthropology (28:2), Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (19:2), American Quarterly (63:2), History of Religions (51:4), and Journal of the American Academy of Religion (81:4).
Professor O’Neill is also the editor of a book series with the University of California Press – Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century.