Kevin Lewis O’Neill

Kevin Lewis O’Neill

Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Competition: US & Canada

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 anthropologist, his work focuses on the moral dimensions of contemporary political practice in Latin America. O’Neill has written several books on the politics of Pentecostalism in Guatemala City – City of God (University of California Press, 2010); Secure the Soul (University of California Press, 2015); and Hunted (University of Chicago Press, 2019) as well as a bilingual photography book titled Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio (University of Toronto Press, 2020) with Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela.

His current project considers clerical sexual abuse in Latin America, with a focus on Roman Catholic priests who moved (or were moved) from the United States to Central America to evade suspicion and, at times, prosecution.

Learn more about O’Neill’s research and publications on his website.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

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