Hillary Kaell is associate professor of Religion at Concordia University in Montreal. She has a PhD in American Studies from Harvard University (2011) and writes
about North American Christianity, especially material culture and sensory experience. Her recent work includes studies of wayside crosses in rural Quebec, born-again Christians in Messianic Judaism, and international child sponsorship programs.
She is the 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), the first English-language volume of its kind. Aspects of her work have been published in venues including Religion, Church History, Journal of Material Culture, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She has also worked on public education tools, including the PBS television series God in America and the New Books in Religion podcast, which she co-hosts.
She was a research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion in 2014 and participated in the Young Scholars in American Religion program from 2013 to 2015. Currently she is a faculty fellow at Concordia’s Centre for Sensory Studies.