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Pamela E. Klassen

Professor of the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

I am a Full Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, cross-appointed to Anthropology, at the University of Toronto. I work on religious diversity in North America most broadly, with connections to Indigenous studies, legal studies, and the anthropology of religion, medicine, and gender. My most recent books are The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land (U Chicago Press, 2018) and Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State, co-authored with Paul Christopher Johnson and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (U Chicago Press, 2018), and I also recently co-edited of The Public Work of Christmas: Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019). I write often for The Immanent Frame ( a blog of the Social Science Research Council. Together with a team of students from U of T and community members from Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre and the Rainy River First Nations, I recently launched a digital project called “Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations” at I currently hold the Anneliese Maier Research Award from Germany’s Humboldt Foundation, in support of a five-year international project entitled “Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies.” I'm a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Fellow of Massey College.


  • –present
    Professor of the Study of Religion, University of Toronto


  • 1997 
    Drew University, PhD, Anthropology of Religion


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada