Hillary Kaell

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Religion. A joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology

Hillary Kaell
Contact Information
Email address: 
hillary.kaell [at] mcgill.ca

M.A. (Toronto)

Ph.D. (Harvard)


Christianity; Messianic Judaism; Material and sensory studies; Anthropology of religion; Capitalism and consumption; Space, place and landscape; Global networks and imaginaries; North America, primarily the United States and Quebec.


Hillary Kaell specializes in the history and practice of Christianity in North America. Much of her work uses material and sensory studies to examine aspects of capitalism, consumption, and monetization, for example in tourism, heritage creation, or charitable corporations. She also has an abiding interest in how U.S. Christians foster real and imagined connections with symbolically resonant sites faraway, such as ‘the Holy Land’ or the ‘Global Church.’

Professor Kaell co-edits the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series with Palgrave Macmillan Press and is a senior curator of New Directions in Anthropology of Christianity. She also holds appointments as a faculty fellow with the Material Economies of Religion in the Americas (MERA) project at Yale University and the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University.

Selected publications: 

For updated publication and other information see www.hillarykaell.com or follow @hillarykaell

Monographs and Volumes:

Christian Globalism at Home: Child Sponsorship in the United States, Princeton University Press, 2020.

Editor, Everyday Sacred: Religion in Contemporary Quebec, McGill-Queens University Press, 2017.

Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage, New York University Press, 2014.


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