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S. Jonathon O'Donnell

Visiting scholar, postdoctoral fellow in American Studies, Queen's University Belfast

S. Jonathon O'Donnell is a postdoctoral research in American Studies at University College Dublin, where they study the relation between evangelical demonology, authoritarianism, and "post-truth" politics in Trump's America. They received their PhD from SOAS, University of London, and have held positions in the UK, Japan, and Ireland, bringing a transnational angle to both their research and teaching.

Jonathon's research focuses on critical contemporary issues of global significance, including Islamophobia, antisemitism, and religious nationalism. Their first book, Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare, uses Christian demonology as a lens to examine the white supremacist and colonial foundations of the current US political order. It will be published by Fordham University Press on 1 December 2020.


  • –present
    Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, University College Dublin
  • 2021–present
    Visiting Scholar, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2015 
    SOAS, University of London, PhD Study of Religions