S. Jonathon O’Donnell

S. Jonathon O’Donnell is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, researching the relationship between neo-charismatic demonology, authoritarianism, and “post-truth” politics in contemporary America. They received their PhD in the Study of Religions from SOAS, University of London, where their dissertation focused on intersections between sovereignty, demonology, and apocalypticism in the post-9/11 era. They have been published in journals such as ReligionEthnic and Racial Studies, and Political Theology, as well as in several edited collections, and their first monograph, Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare (Fordham University Press, 2020), interrogates the links between evangelical demonology and systems of sociopolitical ordering, with a specific focus on homophobia, antiblackness, Islamophobia, and settler colonialism. They are currently researching relations between evangelical climate skepticism, ascendant eco-fascism, and demonology through an ecocritical and critical race lens. News about their ongoing projects can be found at www.drsjodonnell.com and on Twitter @demonologian.

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