Pamela E. Klassen
July 15, 2019
Ph.D. with Distinction, Anthropology of Religion, Drew University
Dissertation: “Blessed Events: Religion and Gender in the Practice of Home Birth”
M.A. with Distinction, Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University
Thesis: “Going by the Moon and the Stars: Stories of Two Russian Mennonite Women,” awarded Graduate Gold Medal for Academic Excellence
B.A., First Class Honours, Political Science, McGill University
Vice-Dean Undergraduate and International, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
Full Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, Cross-Appointed to Anthropology, University of Toronto
Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Anthropology of Modern Religion, Ludwig-Uhland-Institut of Historical and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto
Acting Director, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto (January – June)
Visiting Professor, Institut für Ethnologie, University of Tübingen
Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Honours, Awards, and Fellowships
Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: award to support collaborative research program: “Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies”: 250,000 Euro
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, April 26 – May 18.
Dean’s Excellence Award (also awarded every year between 2009-2017)
Northrop Frye Award of Excellence for the integration of Research and Teaching, University of Toronto Alumni Association
Senior Fellow, Massey College
Elected Member, American Society for the Study of Religion
Winner of the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in Analytical-Descriptive Studies for Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011).
John Albert Hall Lecturer, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria. Four public lectures, January 19-25.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Returning Research Fellow
Jackman Humanities Institute Fellowship, U of Toronto
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, residential 12-month Fellowship, University of Tübingen, Germany, July 2004 – June 2005
Fellow, Victoria College, University of Toronto
Louisville Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Fulbright Scholarship, Canada/U.S. Scholar Program
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
Selected Research Grants
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant, “Supernatural Resources: Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples, and Mining in Northwestern B.C.; Collaborators: Prof. John Lutz, University of Victoria; Dr. Rachel Olson, Director, Firelight Group; Dr. Nicholas May, McGill University; Prof. Cara Krmpotich, University of Toronto: $172,345
Thyssen Foundation, conference support for Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance, held at Jewish Museum Berlin, May 2019, 8000 EUR.
Canada 150 Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, for “Restorying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and Public Memory”, co-applicant with Emma Anderson and Hillary Kaell, conference to be held May 2017 at University of Ottawa: $34,290.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Grant, for “Restorying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and Public Memory”, co-investigator with Emma Anderson and Hillary Kaell, conference to be held May 2017 at University of Ottawa: $15,000.
Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts for “Sites of Memory: Religion, Multiculturalism, and the Demands of the Past” a workshop of the Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies Project, U. of Toronto, September 15-17, 2016: $4952
Germany/Europe Research Fund (U of Toronto) for graduate student travel to University of Tübingen, June 2016: $10,950.
Victoria College Research Publication Grant, for German translation costs for Christmas in the Multicultural City, co-edited with Monique Scheer, for submission to McGill-Queen’s University Press: $9375
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant, “Supernatural Resources: Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples, and Mining in Northwestern B.C.; Collaborators: Prof. John Lutz, University of Victoria; Dr. Rachel Olson, Director, Firelight Group; Dr. Nicholas May, McGill University; Prof. Cara Krmpotich, University of Toronto: $172,345.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connections Grant, Collaborator: “Norms of Religious Minority Participation: Fields of Practice, Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop”, P.I. Prof. Avigail Eisenberg, University of Victoria, November 28-29: $11,990.
Innovation Grant for Digital Dissemination of Spiritual Invention of a Nation: Media and Missionaries on Indian Land, from Religion & Diversity Project, U of Ottawa: $19,000.
Germany/Europe Research and Study Fund, Faculty of Arts and Science, U of T, in support of a student study tour, co-applicant with Prof. Amira Mittermaier: $10,000
DAAD/German Academic Exchange Program Study Tour Grant, 6000 Euros
Strand Leader, Religion & Diversity Project, SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative directed by Prof. Lori Beaman, 7 year grant, $2.5 million
SSHRC Standard Research Grant, “Protestant Experiments with Truth: Testimonies of the Spirit in a Scientific Age,” $82,843.
Principal author of Academic Initiative Fund (U of T) Grant for the Religion and the Public Sphere Initiative: $500, 000.
Victoria College Research Grant, $2000.
SSHRC Workshop Grant, for After Pluralism, $19,000.
U of T Student Experience Fund, co-applicant with Prof. Frances Garrett, $24,000.
U of T Research Opportunities Program (for student research abroad), $7,070.
U of T Research Opportunities Program (for student research abroad), $10,000.
Victoria College Research Grant, $1,900.
Victoria College Research Grant, $1,975.
SSHRC Standard Research Grant, “Healing Practices”, $40,300.
Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, University of Toronto, $9,000.
1. Refereed Books
2019 The Public Work of Christmas: Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies, co-edited with Monique Scheer, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 296 pp.
2018 The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 319 pp.
2018 Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State, co-authored with Paul Christopher Johnson and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, TRIOS Series, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 224 pp. (Introduction co-written; my chapter: “Spiritual Jurisdictions: Treaty People and the Queen of Canada”, pp. 107-174.)
2011 Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 304 pp. Winner of the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in Analytical-Descriptive Studies.
2010 After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement. Co-edited with Courtney Bender. New York: Columbia University Press, 341 pp.
2001 Blessed Events: Religion and Home Birth in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 316 pp.
1994 Going by the Moon and the Stars: Stories of Two Russian Mennonite Women. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 151 pp.
2. Refereed Journal Articles
2015 “Suppressing the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and the Mediation of Sacred Historiographies in the Tibetan Borderlands,” Co-authored with Matthew King (former DSR PhD student), History and Anthropology, 26(5): 529-552.
2015 “Fantasies of Sovereignty: Civic Secularism in Canada” Critical Studies in Religion, 3(1): 41-56.
2014 “Making Religion Mental: A Response to Birgit Meyer’s ‘Mediation and the Genesis of Presence’” Religion and Society, Volume 5, 231-237.
2014 “AAR Centennial Roundtable: Indebtedness: Race, Debt, and Slavery in Religious Imaginaries” co-authored with Ebrahim Moosa, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82(3, 2014), 588-590, (introduction to set of papers that I convened and edited).
2014 “The Politics of Protestant Healing: Theoretical Tools for the Study of Spiritual Bodies and the Body Politic” Spiritus 14(1, Spring): 67-75.
2012 “Saint as Cipher: Paul and the Politics of Ritual Repudiation”, co-authored with John Marshall, History of Religions, 51(4, May): 344-363.
2007 “Radio Mind: Christian Experimentalists on the Frontiers of Healing” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 75(3, September): 651-683.
2006 “Textual Healing: Mainstream Protestants and the Therapeutic Text, 1900-1925” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 75(4, December): 809-848.
2005 “Ritual Appropriation and Appropriate Ritual: Christian Healing and Adaptations of Asian Religions” History and Anthropology, 16(3): 377-391.
2004 “The Robes of Womanhood: Dress and Authenticity among African American Methodist Women in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Religion and American Culture, 14(1): 39-82.
2001 “Sacred Maternities and Post-Biomedical Bodies: Religion and Nature in Contemporary Home Birth” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26(3): 775-810.
1998 “‘Sliding Around between Pain and Pleasure:’ Home Birth and Visionary Pain” Scottish Journal of Religious Studies. 19(1): 45-67.
1998 “Practicing Conflict: Weddings as Sites of Contest and Compromise” Mennonite Quarterly Review. 72(2): 225-241.
1994 “What’s Br(e)ad in the Bone: The Bodily Heritage of Mennonite Women” Mennonite Quarterly Review 68(2): 229-247.
1994 “Submerged in Love: An Interpretation of the Diary of Lydia Reimer” Studies in Religion 23(4): 429-440.
3. Refereed Chapters in Books (blind review marked with *)
forthcoming “Religion and Home: Sites of Sanctuary and Suspicion” A Cultural History of the Home in the Modern Age, 1920-2000, Edited by Despina Stratigakos, Bloomsbury (9616 words).
forthcoming “The Study of Indigenous Religions in North America” co-authored with Meaghan Weatherdon, Oxford Handbook of the Anthropology of Religion, ed. Simon Coleman and Joel Robbins, (9000 words).
*2019 “‘The First “White” Xmas’: Settler Multiculturalism, Nisga’a Hospitality, and Ceremonial Sovereignty on the Pacific Northwest Coast”, The Public Work of Christmas, ed. Pamela Klassen and Monique Scheer, Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 18-41.
*2019 “Contraception and the Coming of Secularism: Reconsidering Reproductive Freedom as Religious Freedom” Secular Bodies, Affects, and Emotions, eds. Monique Scheer, Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, and Nadia Fadil, London: Bloomsbury, pp. 17-30.
2016 “Narrating Religion through Museums” Narrating Religion, ed. Sarah Iles Johnston, MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbook, pp. 333-352.
2016 “Medicine” The Oxford Handbook for the Study of Religion, ed. Steven Engler and Michael Stausberg, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 416-429.
2016 “God Keep our Land: The Legal Ritual of the McKenna-McBride Commission, 1913-1916” Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority, edited by Benjamin Berger and Richard Moon, London: Hart Publishing, pp. 79-93.
2014 “Mentality, Fundamentality, and the Colonial Secular; or How Real is Real Estate?” Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics, ed. Rosi Braidotti, Bolette Blaagaard, Tobijn de Graauw and Eva Midden. London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 175-194.
2013 “Christianity as a Polemical Concept” The Companion to the Anthropology of Religion, ed. Michael Lambek and Janice Boddy, London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 344-362.
*2013 “Material Witnesses: Women and the Mediation of Christianity” co-authored with Kathryn Lofton, Media, Religion, and Gender, ed. Mia Lövheim, New York: Routledge, pp. 52-65.
2012 “Ritual, Tradition, and the Force of Design” Ritualdesign. Zur kultur- und ritualwissenschaftlichen Analyse »neuer« Rituale, ed. Janina Karolewski, Nadja Miczek, Christof Zotter. Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 327-352.
2012 “Religion and Myths of Nationhood in Canada and Mexico in the Twenty-first Century.” Concluding Essay in The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Volume III: 1945 to the Present, ed. Stephen J. Stein, Cambridge University Press, pp. 719-745.
*2010 “Habits of Pluralism” After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement. Co-written with Courtney Bender. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 1-30.
2008 “Practice” Keywords in the Study of Media and Religion, ed. David Morgan, New York: Routledge, pp. 136-147.
2008 “Ritual” The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, ed. John Corrigan, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 143-161.
*2004 “Mothers between God and Mammon: Feminist Interpretations of Childbirth” in Consuming Motherhood, ed. Janelle Taylor, Danielle Wozniak, and Lynda Lange, Rutgers University Press, pp. 249-270.
2004 “Procreating Women and Religion: The Politics of Spirituality, Healing, and Childbirth in North America,” Religion and Healing in America, ed. Susan Sered and Linda Barnes, Oxford University Press, pp. 71-88.
*2002 “The Scandal of Pain in Childbirth” Suffering Religion, ed. Robert Gibbs and Eliot Wolfson, New York: Routledge, pp. 73-100.
*1997 “Speaking Out in God’s Name: A Mennonite Woman Preaching” Undisciplined Women: The (Dis)placement of Female Traditional Culture in Canada, ed. Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 242-249.
*1993 “Feminist Practice in Visual Ethnography” Eyes Across the Water: Perspectives on Visual Sociology and Anthropology, ed. Douglas Harper and Robert Boonzajer-Flaes, Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp. 37-45.
4. Digital Scholarship
2018 Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations, an ongoing collaborative digital storytelling project in consultation with the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre of the Rainy River First Nations, launched June 15, 2018 at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung.
5. Non-Refereed Books
2009 Women and Religion: Critical Concepts. 4 volume edited collection. With Shari Golberg and Danielle Lefebvre. London: Routledge, 1622 pp.
6. Selected Conference Proceedings, Review Essays and Encyclopedia Contributions
2018 “Fending Off Foreclosure: Options for thinking about bodies, religion, medicine, and secularity” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, published online January 3.
2015 “Liberalism vs. Pluralism as Models of Interpretation” Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Conference of Religion and American Culture, edited by Philip Goff and Rebecca Vasko, Indianapolis: Centre for the Study of Religion in America, IUPUI, pp. 67-70.
2009 “Keeping the Faith, Discerning the Divine: Terms and Conditions in New Research on Christianity and Healing in North America”, review essay in Church History, 78(3, September), pp. 640-646.
2006 “Religion, Ritual, and Healing in North America” Teaching Religion and Healing, Eds. Linda Barnes and Inez Talamantez, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 329-340.
2004 “American Protestant Fears” Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, September 17, 2004,
2004 “Agency, Embodiment, and Scrupulous Women,” Review Essay in Journal of Religion, 84(4, 2004): 592-604.
2003 “Mind Cure” Encyclopedia of Religion and American Cultures, Vol. 1. Gary Laderman and Luis Leon, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 271-273.
2000 “Birth” in Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religion. Ed. Wade Clark Roof, New York, NY: Macmillan Reference, 64-66.
7. Selected digital scholarship, responses, and translations
2019 “Revelations in Method” for Modernity’s Resonances, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, a Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Forum, New York, April 16.
2019 “Networks of Reception: Conditions of Audibility” response to two reviews of my book The Story of Radio Mind, as part of Modernity’s Resonances, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, a Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Forum, New York, March 9.
2019 “White Supremacy and the Humanities: A Challenge to the University” co-written with Kambiz GhaneaBassiri and Steven Wasserstrom, Religious Studies News, American Academy of Religion, April 24.
2019 “Reconciliation: A Canadian Issue”, Faculty Forum in Vic Report, March issue.
2019 “Bringing Students to the Objects: Reflections on the Exhibition of Bones and other Animate Matter” for “In Conversation: Using Objects in the Classroom” Material Religion Feb 13.
2018 “Job readiness is learned both inside the classroom and out” University Affairs November 8.
2018 “‘Reconciliation’ with Indigenous Peoples is comforting for many Canadians, but is a Christian concept up to the task?” Religion Dispatches, co-written with Joseph Wiebe. March 19.
2018 “When Secularism Fails Women”, in Public Books; a review of Joan Wallach Scott’s Sex and Secularism, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017, February 8.
2018 “Epic Lives: Mothers, Daughter, and Books” for Is This All There Is? Tenth Anniversary Forum for The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, a Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Forum, New York, January 15.
2017 “Secular Christian Power and the Spiritual Invention of Nations” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2014 “Genre Intervention: Taming Lawmakers through Prayer, Poetry, and Song” Reverberations: New Directions in the Study of Prayer, an SSRC Forum
2014 “Off-the-cuff”, a discussion of The Charter of Quebec Values, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2011 “Max Weber’s Grave” Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality,
2011 “Divine Pervasion and the Change that Isn’t” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2010 “Blinded by the light, or, Why can’t liberals see?” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2010 “The Spiritual Politics of Health Care” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2010 “Power Spots” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2010 “Fantasies of Sovereignty” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2008 “Repossessing the Past: Eliade’s Youth without Youth” The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere
2004 “Deadly Eros,” Response to Stephen Prothero’s “Belief Unbracketed.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin 32(2004, 3), 17-18.
2002 “Why Bonhoeffer, why now? A response to Stanley Hauerwas’ ‘Bonhoeffer as a Political Theologian’” Conrad Grebel Review 20(3: 58-62).
1996 English translations of German Anabaptist martyr hymns in Profiles of Anabaptist Women, ed. Arnold Snyder and Linda H. Hecht, Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 121-22; 199-201; 345-348.
8. Selected book reviews (since 2002)
forthcoming Britt Halvorson, Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota (University of Chicago Press, 2018), Anthropological Quarterly.
2017 Donovan Schaefer, Religious Affects, Syndicate, posted November 27.2015 Frances Swyripa. Storied Landscapes: Ethno-Religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies. Wpg: U of Manitoba Press, 2010, Canadian Ethnic Studies 47.4 (2015): 369-370.
2013 Wendy Cadge, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013, in Times Higher Education Review. 6 June
2013 James Bielo, Emerging Evangelicals: Faith, Modernity, and the Desire for Authenticity. New York: NYU Press 2011, in American Anthropologist 115(4): 678-9.
2010 Christopher G. White, Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance, 1830-1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, in Spiritus, 10(1): 112-114.
2009 James Opp, The Lord for the Body: Religion, Medicine, and Protestant Faith Healing in Canada, 1880-1930. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005, in Studies in Religion 38(1): 179-182
2008 Eric Robert Crouse, Revival in the City: The Impact of American Evangelists in Canada, 1884-1914. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005, in University of Toronto Quarterly 77(1): 289-291.
2007 Bernadette McCauley. Who Shall Take Care of Our Sick? Roman Catholic Sisters and the Development of Catholic Hospitals in New York City Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, in American Historical Review 112(1): 230-31.
2005 Margaret Lamberts Bendroth and Virginia Lieson Brereton, ed. Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism. Urbana and Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 2002, in Journal of Religious History 29(2): 209-212.
2004 Mary Keller. The Hammer and the Flute: Women, Power, and Spirit Possession. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002, in History of Religions 43(3):256-58.
2004 Rennie B. Schoepflin. Christian Science on Trial: Religious Healing in America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003, in Church History, 73(3, 2004): 701-702.
2002 Linda B. Arthur, ed. Undressing Religion: Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-Cultural Perspective. Dress, Body, Culture Series. Joanne B. Eicher, Series Editor. Oxford, New York: Berg, 2000, in Material History Review 56 (Fall 2002), 67-69.
2002 Royden Loewen. Hidden Worlds: Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, University of Toronto Quarterly 72(1): 438-440.
9. Selected Projects in Preparation
- “Crown Land and the Spiritual Jurisdiction of Colonial Property” for submission to Comparative Studies in Society and History
- Suzanne van Geuns and Pamela E. Klassen, “Evangelical Women and Digital Infrastructures of Biblical Mediation” chapter for Digital Humanities and Material Religion, edited by Emily Clark and Rachel Lindsey, De Gruyter.
- Routledge Handbook of Religion and Medicine, co-edited with Dorothea Lüddeckens, Philipp Hetmanczyk, and Justin Stein. (Two authors’ workshops planned for January and May 2019, held in Lavin, Switzerland, hosted by the University of Zürich).
- “Sites of Memory: Religion, Multiculturalism, and the Demands of the Past”, co-edited with Monique Scheer, and Benjamin Berger.
Conference/Workshop Papers, Invited Lectures, and Conference Organization:
- “Ceremonial Morality: What a History of Oath-Making Reveals about Practices of Living in a Good Way” Keynote Lecture, University of Tübingen Summer School on “Problematizing Morality”, September 26, 2019.
- “Recognizing Religion and Siting the Secular” Invited Lecture, Marty Centre Series on Religions in the Americas, University of Chicago, November 5, 2019.
- Roundtable and Pop-up Museum participant for #CaptioningReligion: Characterizing the Material Economies of Religion in the Americas, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2019.
- Panelist in “Modernity’s Resonances” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2019.
Professional Contributions to Advancing the Field
2018 – Editorial Board member, Religion
2017 – Co-Chair, North American Religions Section, American Academy of Religion (AAR)
2017 – Advisory Board Member & Chair of the Interpretive Scholarship Panel, American Religious Sounds Project, Ohio State University
2015-16 Chair, AAR Prize Jury, Analytical & Descriptive Category
2015-16 Steering Committee Member, North American Religions Section, AAR
2013-16 Appointed Commission Member, Seminar on Responsible Research Practices: Toward an AAR Code of Conduct
2013-16 Steering Committee Member, History of Christianity Section, AAR
2012 – 15 Religious Diversity Youth Leadership Project, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, $500,000. Joint application with Religion in the Public Sphere, The Multifaith Centre, and Centre for Community Partnerships, all at U of Toronto
2007 – 16 Founder and Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative, U of Toronto
2007 – 10 Chair, AAR History of Religions Jury (awards Best First Book in the History of Religions Prize; convenes American Lectures in the History of Religions)
2006 – 2010 Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association, Elected Board Member
2000 – 2005 Co-founder and co-chair of Anthropology of Religion consultation, AAR, achieved Group status, January 2004
Selected Keynote and Invited Lectures
2019 “Crown Land and the Spiritual Jurisdiction of Colonial Property”, Religion, Culture, and Politics Workshop, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, March 29.
2019 “Going Out on a Limb with The Story of Radio Mind: The Study of Religion after the TRC” University College Senior Common Room Talk, March 18.
2019 “Truths & Reconciliations: Writing about Christians, the Crown, and Treaty People” Massey College Senior Fellows Lunch Talk, February 24.
2018 “Stories of Canada,” Trinity College Fall Forum on Indigenous-Settler Relations, October 10.
2018 “Spiritual Jurisdictions in a Secular Age”, Master Class at Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, May 16.
2018 “The Value of Stories in an Age of Reconciliation” Culture & Values Lecture Series, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, May 10.
2018 “The Medium is the Medicine: Stories and the Work of Reconciliation in Canada”, Public Lecture, Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, May 3.
2018 “Radio Mind: Stories, Sovereignty, and the Spiritual Invention of Nations” Victoria University of Wellington, Aoteoroa/New Zealand, April 23.
2018 “Treaty People and the Spiritual Vulnerability of Colonial Settlement”, University of Otago, Dunedin, Aoteoroa/New Zealand, April 20.
2018 “Frequencies for Listening: Telling Stories of Missionary Colonialism in the Wake of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools”, Religion Programme, University of Otago, Dunedin, Aoteoroa/New Zealand, April 18.
2018 “Photography, Resistance, and Re-mediation on Manidoo Ziibi” Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, Dunedin, Aoteoroa/New Zealand, April 11.
2018 “Telling the Story of Radio Mind” Plenary Lecture, American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Region Annual Meeting, Provo, Utah, March 15.
2018 “Telepathy, Empire, and Public Memory” Max-Planck-Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany, February 15.
2018 “Spiritual Jurisdictions: Thinking about Treaty People, Ceremony, and the Crown” University of Winnipeg, January 31.
2017 “Protest on the Page: Print as an Affordance for Revolutionary Spirits,” Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 25, 2017.
2017 “Ceremony, Reconciliation, and the Study of Religion in a Digital Age” and “The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land” Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, October 4.
2017 “The Story of Radio Mind” Material Economies of Religion in the Americas Project, University of San Diego, June 11.
2016 “Public Memory and Indigenous Sovereignty: The Afterlives of the Royal Proclamation of 1763” Department of Religious Studies, University of Waterloo, November 2.
2016 “Religion and Medicine as Techniques of Intervention in the Lives of Others” Department of Religious Studies, Missouri State University, October 27.
2016 “Religion and Law: The Stories We Tell”, with Benjamin Berger, Chester Ronning Centre for Religion and Public Life, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, May 26.
2016 “The Margin is the Medium: Reading Religion on the Edge of Empire” Keynote Lecture, Syracuse University Religion Graduate Student Conference, March 25.
2016 “The Iron Pulpit: The Printing Press as a Colonial Spiritual Medium” Keynote Lecture, Book History and Print Culture Program Graduate Student Conference, U. of Toronto, March 5.
2016 “The Secular Sublime” Secular Bodies, Affects, and Emotions Conference U. of Tübingen, February 13.
2015 “Recognizing Religion: Public Memory and Modes of Apprehension” Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis: Preisverleihung und Fachkolloquium, Leipzig, Germany, September 14.
2015 “Photographing Body and Soul on the Rainy River” Body & Soul Colloquium, Institute für Ethnologie and Institut für Empirische-Kulturwissenschaft, University of Tübingen, April 30.
2015 “Mapping the Spiritual, Imperial City” Keynote Address at the Department for the Study of Religion Graduate Student Symposium, April 16.
2015 “Slow Media: The Sensory Cultures of Stories in Missionary-Indigenous Relations” Sensory Cultures Research Group, Material and Visual Cultures of Religion Project, Yale University, January 20.
2014 “Supernatural Resources: Religion, Capitalism, and the Value of Land in Colonial British Columbia” Resource Cultures: Sociocultural Dynamics and the Use of Resources, SFB 1070, University of Tübingen, November 7.
2014 “Why the Study of Religion, Health, and the Body is not a Case of Mind over Matter.” The Armstrong Lecture, Kalamazoo College, May 15. This lecture also served as the Plenary Address for “Religion, Health, and the Body in North America,” a conference jointly organized by Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Kalamazoo College.
2014 “God Keep our Land: The Hole in the Heart of Sovereignty”, Invited presentation at “Visceral Nation: Postsecularism, Affect, and American Religion” a Mellon Foundation Symposium, March 28th, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.
2013 “Fantasies of Sovereignty: Maps and Myths on the Northwest Coast” Is the Post-colonial Post-secular? Conference held at Syracuse University, September 20-21.
2012 Invited panelist for discussion of my book, Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity, at Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, February 23.
2011 “Supernatural Liberalism: Healing and the Transformation of Protestant Missionary Cosmopolitanism” Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany, February 22.
2011 “Anthropologists, Missionaries, and the ‘Christian’ Indian”, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Tübingen, January 11.
2010 “The Material Witness of Photographs: Christian Missionaries and the Transcultural Self”, Institut für Religionswissenschaft/Zentrum für Europäische Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany 1 December.
2010 “We Can Never Be Traditional: Ritual Proximity and the Force of Design”, Ritual Dynamics Research Centre, University of Heidelberg, May 3.
2011 “Is the Personal Public? Gender and Religion in the Public Sphere” Trinity Western University, January 26.
2009 “Religion and Childbirth”, Midwifery Program, Ryerson University, October 28.
2008 “Reconsidering ‘Theological’ Anthropology: The Holistic Trinity of Body-Mind-Spirit in Twentieth-Century Protestantism,” Northwestern University, Department of Religion, Evanston, Illinois, April 16.
2005 “Christian Healing on the Frontiers of Empire” Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Graduate Student Annual Symposium, University of Toronto, December 5.
2004 “American Protestant Fears” Spirituality, Religious Wisdom, and the Care of the Patient, St. Vincent’s Hospital/Beth Israel Hospital/Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Manhattan, April 19.
2003 “Religion and Home Birth” Midwifery Program, Ryerson University, March 6.
2003 “Agency and Experience: Birth and the Power of Religious Interpretation,” Association for Research on Mothering, York University, October 26.
2003 “The Scandal of Pain in Childbirth,” University of Rochester, Depts. of Religion and Classics, Anthropology, Programs in Women’s Studies, Health & Society, January 24.
2001 “Reproducing Religion” University of Rochester, November 2.
Selected Conference Presentations (since 2000)
2019 “Solemn Promises and As-if Oaths: Refusing Allegiance to the Crown and the Stories of Treaty People,” Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 3.
2019 “White Rites: Kinship, Anglicanism, and Sovereignty in Early-Twentieth-Century Canada”, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 3.
2019 Respondent to panel on my book, The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land at the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 2.
2019 “Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations” panelist at Exhibiting Faith: Getting Religion into Public History, National Council on Public History, Hartford, Connecticut, March 28 (refereed).
2019 “The Thorn in the Crown: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Dilemma of Crown Land” Monarchy & Modernity Conference, Faculty of Law, Cambridge University, Jan. 9 (refereed).
2018 Authors Meet Critics Session: Jennifer Graber’s The Gods of Indian Country and Pamela Klassen’s The Story of Radio Mind, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, Nov. 18. I responded to four panellists discussing my book and that of Prof. Graber. (refereed).
2018 “Remembering Saba Mahmood” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado November 18 (invited).
2017 “Secular Geologies and Sublime Vistas” at “Anthropology Within and Without the Secular Condition,” Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop held at CUNY, September 5 (invited).
2017 “Secular Geologies and Sublime Vistas” Invited paper for “Anthropology Within and Without the Secular Condition,” Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop held at CUNY, September.
2017 Master Class Professor at “Does the Secular Matter: Rethinking Secular Materiality and the Secular Body” a NOSTER Thematic Workshop at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, April 18 (invited).
2017 Response to Matthew Engelke, “Modes and Moods of Enchantment” at “Does the Secular Matter,” University of Utrecht, April 18 (invited).
2016 “Treaties”, panel presentation for “We Need the Cultural History of THAT! (or: Got Genealogy?)” Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 20, 2016 (invited).
2016 “Story Nations: A Digital Storytelling Project in Conversation with the Rainy River First Nations” with Judith Brunton and Annie Heckman (Ph.D. students) at the Annual Meeting of the Religion & Diversity Project, Montreal, May 5.
2016 “Syncretism and the Secular in Missionary Colonialism” American Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 30 (invited).
2016 “Story Nations: A Digital Storytelling Project in Conversation with the Rainy River First Nations” at Mapping Sense, Space, and Time: A Digital Mapping Workshop” U. of Toronto, April 28 (invited).
2016 “A Policy of Non-Interference by the State”: Early Twentieth-Century Disputes over “Religious Teaching” on the Northwest Coast, Workshop on Religious Education in a Democratic Society, Faculty of Law, McGill University, January 29 (invited).
2015 “Cosmologies of Land: The Story of the Resource-Rich Nation”, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 22 (invited).
2015 “Emotional Appeals in a Settler Colony: Protestant Missionaries in early-twentieth-century British Columbia” IAHR XXI World Congress, Erfurt, Germany, August 28 (refereed).
2015 Panelist, “Liberalism vs. Pluralism as Models of Interpretation” Fourth Biennial Conference of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI, Indianapolis, June 6, 2015 (invited).
2015 Invited Participant in Workshop and Public Panel: Blumberg Dialogues on Astrobiology (focus on Religion and Astrobiology), Library of Congress, Washington, DC, March 18-19.
2014 “Contraception and the Coming of Secularism”, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., December 3 (refereed).
2014 Respondent for “Medicalizing Religion, Spiritualizing Medicine” Panel, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., December 6 (refereed).
2014 “The Craft of Ritual” AAR Annual Meeting, November 23 (refereed).
2014 “Cursed is He that Removeth His Neighbor’s Land Mark”: Christianity, Indigenous Peoples, and the Rituals of the McKenna-McBride Commission of 1912-1916” Religion and the Public Exercise of Authority Workshop, Osgoode Hall Law School, November 15 (invited).
2014 “Media and Missionaries on Indian Land” at Missionaries, Materials, and the Making of the Modern World, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, September 16 (refereed).
2014 “Cognition in Colonial Spaces: Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychic Research in a Cleric’s Study” Co-authored with Sarina Annis: at “Intellectual Hinterlands”, International Society for Intellectual History Conference, Toronto, June 27 (refereed).
2013 “Railroads and the Colonial Spiritual Imagination,” panel on “Religious Change and Technological Mediation in Modern America” AAR Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Nov. 25, (refereed).
2013 “The Politics of Protestant Healing: Theoretical Tools for the Study of Spiritual Bodies and the Body Politic” AAR Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 23, (refereed).
2013 “Religious Publics and Modes of Publicity” American Ethnological Society Graduate Student Workshop, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 21, (invited faculty facilitator, with Prof. Matthew Engelke).
2013 “Religion and Law” invited panel participant at Law, Culture, Critique, Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Students Conference, May 10.
2013 “Missionary-Indigenous Collaborations and Historical Perspectives” BC Studies Conference, Vancouver, May 4, (refereed).
2013 “Maps and the Mediation of the Colonial Spirit” International Symposium, Mediating Religion: Emotional, Material, and Ideological Practices, University of Tübingen, April 6, (invited).
2013 Co-written with Matthew King, “Taming the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and Mediating Conversion” Mediating Religion: Emotional, Material, and Ideological Practices, University of Tübingen, April 6, (invited).
2013 “Procreation and Power: The Politics of Making Babies in a Postsecular Age” Contemporary Currents in Sexual Diversity Politics: A Symposium in Honour of David Rayside, University College, March 1 (invited).
2012 “Confessing Nations: Mediums and Missionaries on Indian Land” Humboldt Foundation Colloquium: Excellence in Research, Toronto, November 3 (refereed).
2012 “Cosmologies of Mediation: How Stories and their Tellings Make the World” Materiality, Mediation and the Study of Religion Symposium, Department of Religious Studies and Theology, Utrecht University, October 19, (invited).
2012 “Christianity as a Polemical Concept”, invited presentation at Companion to the Anthropology of Religion Workshop, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto, April 25, (invited).
2012 “The Last Big Blast: Mapping the Spiritual, Imperial City”, (Re)-placing the City: Sacralizing Migrant Materialities, Jackman Humanities Institute Workshop, U. of Toronto, April 12, (invited).
2011 “Confession/Anti-Confession: Catching Culture in the Act”, American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, November 18, Montreal, (refereed).
2011 “Mentalities and Fundamentalities” Postsecular Publics Workshop, U. of Utrecht, October 27, (invited).
2011 “Mediating Memory: Religion and Confessional Production”, Global Seminars in Media, Religion, and Culture, Hyderabad, India, August 15-18, 2011, (invited).
2011 “History and Divining” Conference on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life, Social Sciences Research Council, Columbia University, June 3, (invited).
2011 “The Material Witness of Photographs: Christian Missionaries Picturing the Spirit” Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 30, (refereed).
2010 “Strange Places of the Spirit: Health Care as a Site of Spiritual Politics”, Social Science Research Council, Spiritual Politics/Politics of Spirituality Workshop, NYC, September 24-25, (invited).
2010 “The Burden of Anxiety: Mid-Twentieth Century Liberal Protestants and the Healing of Cosmic Guilt” American Society of Church History Annual Meetings, San Diego, January, (refereed).
2009 “The Burden of Proof: Protestant Testimonies and Photographic Memory” Invited Seminar paper for Sensations: Religious Mediations and the Formation of Identities, 4th International Seminar on Media, Culture, and Religion, Accra, Ghana, August 15-18, (invited).
2009 “The Great Psychic Apostle”: Paul, Authority, and the Contemporary Reader, presented at the Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meeting, Pacific Grove, California, March 27, (refereed).
2009 “Religion and Medicalization: Etiology, Mimesis, Contamination” presented at Interrogating Religion: Politics, Etiology and Social Consequences of a Problematic Concept, University of Ottawa, April 19, (invited).
2008 “The Holistic Trinity: Body, Mind, and Spirit among Twentieth-Century Protestants”, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meetings, Vancouver, June 3, (refereed).
2008 “Protestants and the Problem of Possession” Altered States of Mind Conference, University of Toronto, March 29, (invited).
2008 “Anthropology of Religion in Canada,” Religion in Canada Institute Workshop, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C., February 8, (invited).
2007 “The Baptism of the Holy Scientific Spirit”: Protestant Experiments with Psychic Science in Mid-Twentieth-Century North America,” American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting, November 28, (refereed).
2007 “Protestants and their Occult Spirits” with contributions from Jenny Gilbert and Emma Sheppard, Society for the Anthropology of Religion Meetings, Phoenix, AZ, April 14, (refereed).
2007 “Conquest by Healing? Missions, Medicalization and Transformations of Protestantism” American Society of Church History Annual Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia, January 7, (refereed).
2006 Respondent for AAR Annual Meeting session “Wrestling with Method: Case Studies in Religion, Media and Culture” in Religion, Media and Culture Consultation, Washington, Nov. (invited).
2006 Respondent for AAR Annual Meeting session “Religion through the Senses” in Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group, Washington, November (invited).
2005 “Radio Mind: Anglo-Protestants on the Frontiers of Healing” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, History of Christianity Section, Philadelphia, November 21, (refereed).
2005 “Medicalization and Protestant Christianity,” Institut für Ethnologie, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, June 8, (invited).
2004 “Healing History: Appropriation and Embrace in Protestant Self-Representation,” European Anthropology and Sociology Association Biennial Meeting, Vienna, September 11, (refereed).
2004 “Healing Christians: Religion, Medicine, and Anxieties of Difference” Social Sciences and Humanities Group Selected Presentation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellows Conference, October 8, University of Stuttgart, (refereed).
2004 “The Magic Word: Text as Talisman in early twentieth-century Anglo-Protestant Discourses of Healing” Windows and Mirrors: American Popular Culture at Home and Abroad, Chancellor Jackman Program for the Arts Conference, University of Toronto, March (invited).
2003 “New Debates about the Old: Appropriations of the Marginal in North American Protestantism” Society for the Anthropology of Religion Annual Meeting, Providence, April 25 (refereed).
2002 Panel participant, “Re-envisioning North American Religious History,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 25, (invited).
2002 “Teaching about Religion in a Canadian University,” Teaching and Learning Committee, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November, (invited).
2002 “The Disruptive Body of Birth,” Canadian Women’s Studies Association Meeting at the Congress of Learned Societies, Toronto, May 28, (refereed).
2002 “Cosmologies of Healing” presented at the Society for the Anthropology of Religion Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April 7, (refereed).
2002 Panel participant in “Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion: Where do we go from here?” at Society for the Anthropology of Religion Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5 (invited).
2000 “Sacrifice, Agency and Religious Healing” presenter in panel: “Sacrifice and Empowerment: Religion, Gender, and Agency in Trans-Cultural Context,” 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences, Oslo, Norway, August 8, (refereed).
2000 “The Birthing Body in Pain,” Critical Issues in Gender and Health Symposium at The Centre for Research on Women’s Health, at U of T and Women’s College Hospital, October 27 (invited).
Conference and Workshop Organization
2019 Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation & Remembrance, a Religion & Public Memory (RPM) Workshop at the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, May 9-11, 2019, https://rpm.religion.utoronto.ca/
2017 “Schloss Conversations 2017: The Reformation and Refugees: Alternative Histories,” featuring Prof. Nicholas Terpstra (UToronto) and Prof. Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen), co-organized with Prof. Monique Scheer, (UTübingen), November 14.
2017 “Restorying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and Public Memory in 2017: A Conference and Public Art Event” Conference Co-organizer, with Prof. Emma Anderson (UOttawa) and Prof. Hillary Kaell (Concordia). University of Ottawa, May 18-20, http://artsites.uottawa.ca/restorying-canada/en/
2016 “Sites of Memory: Religion, Multiculturalism, and the Demands of the Past” Workshop Co-organizer with Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer and Prof. Benjamin Berger:, University of Toronto, September 15-17, 2016, www.sites-of-memory.religion.utoronto.ca
2016 “Metals and Memory,” three-part colloquium co-organized with Cara Krmpotich (Faculty of Information), a Jackman Program for the Arts Event, January 14, February 4, and March 3.
2015 “Christmas in the Multicultural City” a workshop of the Religion and Public Memory Project, co-organized with Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer, University of Tübingen, December 10-11.
2015 “Protestant Emotional Practices: Scales of Proximity & Christian Missions in Comparative Perspective” Organizer and participant, International Association for the History of Religion, XXI World Congress, Erfurt, Germany, August 28.
2014 “Rethinking Church, State, and Sovereignty” Organizer and chair of panel, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 23; with Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Roberto Blancarte, and Paul Christopher Johnson.
2014 “Gender, Biography, and Religion in Colonial Contexts: Methodological and Theoretical Challenges”, Organizer and chair of panel, Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Toronto, May 23; with Elizabeth Elbourne, Rebekka Habermas, Heather Curtis, Nicholas May
2014 “Devotion and Display: Curating Religion in an Age of Diversity” an RPS Public Forum and Community Research Workshop co-organized with Ajay Rao, in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto, January 30-31.
2012 “Spiritual Economies”, a joint initiative between the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto and the Centre for the Humanities, University of Utrecht, co-chaired by Pamela Klassen and Simon Coleman, Jackman Humanities Institute, U of Toronto, November 8-9.
2012 “The Care of Souls and the Soul of Care: Religious Diversity and Healthcare”, RPS Public Forum & Community Research Workshop co-organized with Simon Coleman, U of Toronto, Sept 27-28.
2011 “Postsecular Publics”, a joint initiative between the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto and the Centre for the Humanities, University of Utrecht, co-chaired by Pamela Klassen and Patrick Eisenlohr, Utrecht, October 27-28.
2011 “Force of Laws: Legal Subjects and the Power of Commandment in Liberal Democracies”, workshop organized with Prof. Avigail Eisenberg, U of Victoria & Ruth Marshall, U of T, May 24.
2009 “Our Home and Native Land: Our Home and Native Land: Colonial Encounters and the History of Religion, Spirituality, and the Secular”” Centennial Scholars & Artists Plenary Panel at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Montreal, November; Speakers: Alanis Obomsawin, George Elliott Clarke, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Ines Talamantez
2007 “After Pluralism II,” with Prof. Courtney Bender, Columbia University, October 12-14.
2007 “After Pluralism: Reimagining Models of Interreligious Engagement”, with Prof. Courtney Bender, held at University of Toronto, March 22-24.
Undergraduate courses designed and taught:
BIG102Y: Big Ideas Course: The Internet: Saving Civilization or Trashing the Planet? Co-taught with Prof. Steve Easterbrook, Computer Science and Prof. Miriam Diamond, Earth Sciences, 2013-14, 2014-15
RLG100Y/280Y: World Religious Traditions/Comparative World Religions, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01
RLG203Y: Christian Religious Tradition, 1997-8, 1998-9, 2002-3, 2011-12
RLG237F: Women and Western Religions, 2000-01, 2002.
RLG299Y: Research Opportunities Program: Healing Practices, 2001-2, 2002-3, 2005-6, (directing 1-6 students as research assistants)
RLG299Y: Research Opportunities Program: Spiritual Invention of a Nation Digital Storytelling Project, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16 (directing 1-4 students as research and technical assistants)
RLG306S: Anthropology of Christianity (co-taught with Kevin O’Neill), 2012
RLG308F: Religion and the City, 2007
RLG314S: Gender Issues in Religion, 2003
RLG315F: Rites of Passage, 1998, 2002
RLG332S: Memoir and Confession, 2010, 2011
RLG333F: Christianity and Conflict, 2006
RLG381F: Museums and Material Religion, 2014, 2015
RLG399Y: Research Experience Program 2015, held at Rainy River First Nations
Research Experience Program 2006-7, held in New York City
Research Experience Program 2003, held in Cambridge, MA
RLG426S: Religion in the Public Sphere Community-Engaged Learning, 2008, 2010, 2016
RLG492S: Religion and the City II, 2008
RLG498H: Digital Humanities Research Methods Course, 2017, 2018
Graduate courses designed and taught:
BKS2000: Mediascapes: Text, Land, Stories, Ph.D. Seminar for Book History and Print Culture Collaborative Program, Winter 2016.
RLG1000S: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 (Winter), 2013 (Fall)
RLG2027: Law & Religion: Critical Conversations, co-taught with Prof. Ben Berger, Osgoode Hall, 2017
RLG2037S: Religion and Healing, 2000, 2002
RLG2085F: Genealogies of Christianity, 2009, 2015
RLG3931S: Topics in North American Religion: Religion & the Body, 2002
Topics in North American Religion: Body, Mind & Spirit in Christianity, 2008
Topics in North American Religion: Confession, Consumption, & Security, 2012 (co-taught with Kevin O’Neill)
Topics in North American Religion: Making up Selves and Souls, 2013 (co-taught with Kevin O’Neill)
Topics in North American Religion: Narrative, Race & Gender, 2019
University of Tübingen:
Everyday Multiculturalism, June 2016
Museums and Material Religion, April 2015, April & July 2017
Anthropology of Christianity, 2010-11
2014 Museums and Material Religion, M.A./Ph.D.
2011-12 Spiritual Science in a Secular Age, Ph.D.
2006 Christianity and Medicine, M.A.
2006 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, M.A.
2006 Christianity in 19th and 20th century North America, Ph.D.
2004 Theory and Method in Ethnographies of Religion, Ph.D.
2000 North American Women’s Religious Life Writings, Ph.D.
1999 Religion and Healing, Ph.D.
1999 Ethnographic Approaches to Religious NGOs, M.A.
Ongoing Student Supervision
2018 – Sarina Annis, “Mennonites, Sexuality, and Decolonization”
2017 – Kyle Byron, “To Every Creature: Street Preaching and the Politics of Persecution in America”
2016 – Suzanne van Geuns, “Media and Right-Wing World-Making: Anti-Feminism, Biblical Living, and White Nationalism Online”
2016 – Christina Pasqua, “Drawing Out the Word: Retelling the Bible through Comics”
2016 – Roxanne Korpan, “Ruling by the Book: Colonial Formations of the Bible in Nineteenth-Century Canada”
2014 – Judith Brunton: “Oil Publics & the Good Life in Alberta”
2013 – Meaghan Weatherdon, “Indigenous Social Movements in Motion: Walking the Land as Decolonizing Practice in the Journey of Nishiiyuu”
2013 – 2017 Helen Mo (†), “Evangelicals in the Ethnoburbs: Chinese Christian Imaginaries and the Landscape of the Canadian Dream”
2009 – Elizabeth Klaiber (co-supervision with David Galbraith): “Rituals of Book-burning in Early Modern England”
Ph.D. Committee membership:
2016 – Greg Fewster, “Textualizing the (Inauthentic) Paul”
2016 – Annie Heckman, “How They Worked: Labour and Religion in Tibetan Buddhist History and Literature”
2013 – Saliha Chattoo, “Performance-Based Conversion Events and the Cultivation of Young Pentecostal Political Identities in the U.S.”
2018 – Valeria Vergani, “Interfaith Movements and Decolonial Ritual”
2016 – Audrey Rochette, “Decolonizing Museums from an Indigenous Perspective”
Comprehensive Exam Committee Membership:
2014-5 Julia Rombough, Department of History
Visiting Graduate Student Supervision:
2014-5 Su Dehua, Sichuan University
Post-doctoral Fellow supervision:
2013-2015 Marc Blainey, SSHRC
2012-2016 Florence Pasche-Guignard, Swiss National Science Foundation
Completed Graduate Student Defense of Dissertation/Thesis Committees
2019 Marisa Franz, “Desired Taxonomies: On the Collection of Siberian Shamanic Materials in Late Imperial Russia”
2017 Justin Stein: “Hawayo Takata and the Circulatory Development of Reiki in the Twentieth-Century North Pacific”
2017 Aldea Mulhern: “Fit for Food: ‘Eating Jewishly’ and ‘The Islamic Paradigm’ as Emergent Religious Foodways in Toronto”
2015 Amy Fisher: “‘This Place Should (Not) Exist’: An Ethnography of Shelter Workers and the In-Between”
2013 Jodie Boyer: “Sin and Sanity in 19th c. American Christianity”
2012 Rebekka King: “The New Heretics: Progressive Christians and the Historical Jesus”
2009 Arlene Macdonald: “Resurrected Bodies: Religious Interpretations of Organ Donation”
2008 Laurel Zwissler: “Demonstrations of Faith: Religious and Political Identity among Feminist Activists in North America”
2008 Kerry Fast: “’but what a strange commixture am I’: Borders of Self and Religion in the Making of Women’s Lives”
Ph.D. Committee Memberships
2016-8 Ashley Morford, “Re-Mapping Coast Salish Territory through Pauline Johnson’s Legends of Vancouver, Department of English/Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC Practicum Supervisor)
2017 Jennifer Bright, “Women and Hormones in Tibetan Medical Literature”
2016 Rebecca Bartel, “Card-Carrying Christians: Credit, Debt, and Believing in Emerging Colombia”
2014 Erin Vearncombe, “What would Jesus Wear?: Dress in the Synoptic Gospels”
2013 Shari Golberg, “When Beruriah Met Aisha: Textual Intersections and Interactions among Jewish and Muslim Women Engaged with Religious Law”
2011 Christina Reimer, “A Fountain Sealed: Virginity and the American Family”
2010 Stuart Parker, Department of History, “Mormon Historiography”
Completed M.A. Supervision
2017 Ayan Kassim, “Rendering Bioavailable Subjects: Secular Embodiments, Religion, and Racializing Biopolitics in Ontario Organ Donation Advocacy”
2016 Hannah Wilkinson, “The Devil is in the Details: An Examination of the History Possession and Exorcism in the Catholic Church”
2015 Judith Brunton, “Keeping Safe: The Toronto Birth Centre, Indigenous Midwifery and Culturally Safe Care”
2010 Jennifer Gilbert, “Adoption and Christianity in Canada” SSHRC CGS Award
2010 Kendra Hawke, “Keeping Us Sober: Prohibition, Protestants and Physicians in Early Twentieth-Century Ontario”
2010 Roselle Gonsalves, “Purity Balls: A 21st century, American Method of Ensuring Female Sexual Purity and Creating Feminine Identity”
2009 Natalie Merglesky, “Immanent God, Divine Physician: Protestant and Catholic Faith Healing Narratives in 19th c. Quebec” SSHRC CGS Award
2008 Jennifer Bailey, “Religious Diversity and Midwifery Care in Toronto” SSHRC CGS award
2006 Dace Veinberga, “Postcolonial Approaches to Baltic Folktales”
2003 Marie Connor: “Indigenous spirituality and the Anglican Church”
External Examiner Duties
2017 External examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics
2016 External examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Département de Sociologie, Université de Montréal
2015 U of T examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of History
2015 External examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of English, Germanic, and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen
2014 External examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Waterloo
2014 U of T examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Anthropology
2014 U of T examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. for the Study of Religion
2013 U of T examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of History
2013 External examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of History, Carleton University
2007 External examiner: Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Psychology, University of Cape Town
2006 External examiner: M.A. thesis, Religious Studies Dept., Memorial University
Research Awards for Students working under my supervision:
2017 University of Toronto Excellence Award for Keith Garrett, undergraduate
2016 University of Toronto Excellence Award for Audrey Rochette, undergraduate
2012 University of Toronto Excellence Award for Sarina Annis, undergraduate