Concordia University

Hillary Kaell, PhD

Associate Professor, Religions and Cultures
Faculty Member, Centre for Sensory Studies

Office: S-R 202 
R Annex,
2050 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2476
Website(s): Religion and the Public Square website
Dr. Kaell's personal website

Hillary Kaell completed her doctorate in American Studies at Harvard University, specializing in the history and practice of North American Christianity. She is author of Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage (New York University Press, 2014) and editor of Everyday Sacred: Religion in Contemporary Quebec (McGill-Queens University Press, 2017). Her current FQRSC-funded project examines the development of a global Christian imaginary through the lens of child sponsorship programs.

Dr. Kaell has written for popular audiences online and in print, and collaborated on a number of public education projects, including as a paid consultant on the PBS television series God in America. Currently, she co-curates the Anthrocybib website and co-hosts the New Books in Religion podcast. At Concordia, she teaches courses related to U.S. Christian history, material religion, and anthropology.

She is a faculty fellow with Concordia's Center for Sensory Studies and has just signed on as co-editor of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion's book series at Palgrave Macmillan press.

Research interests

North American Christianity
Anthropology of Christianity
Material culture and consumption



Field areas

Contemporary Religions and Popular Culture

Selected publications

Recent graduate seminars and reading courses

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