About

My research is predominately in the field religion and social theory, specifically in the field of

improvisational conspiracy, the overlapping belief systems of apocalyptic Christian thought and

conspiracy theories, and the impact of these beliefs on the American political system. In my

doctoral work, my focus has been on the John Birch Society of the 1950s and 1960s and how

their form of improvisational conspiracism is linked to contemporary right-wing mobilization. I

also have an interest in religion and pop culture, specifically within subversive or marginalized

religious movements.

Education

PhD – Religious Studies, University of Waterloo

MA – Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

Honours BA – Religion Specialist, University of Toronto

Publications

[1] Chapter: Cage Fighting For Jesus – The Neo-Muscular Christianity Movement in Mixed Martial

Arts, God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s

Most Influential Figure Editors: Dr. Stephen Murray, Dr. Aimee Upjohn Light Publisher:

ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Published: August 2015

[2] Chapter: Fighting ”the System”: The Christian Identity Movement and the Turner Diaries,

Understanding Angry Groups: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Their Motivations and Effects

on Society Editors: Dr. Susan C. Cloninger , Dr. Steven A. Leibo Publisher: ABC Clio

(Imprint: Praeger) Published: January, 2017

[3] Submitted Chapter: Federal Election Commission v. Christian Action Network, Money in

American Politics: An Encyclopedia Editor: Dr. David A. Schultz Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint:

Praeger) Publication Date: June, 2018

[4] Submitted Chapter: National Rifle Association, Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia

Editor: Dr. David A. Schultz Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date:

June, 2018

[5] Submitted Chapter: Billy Graham, Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia

Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Shaw Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: June,

2019

[6] Submitted Chapter: Religious Political Alliances, Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global

Encyclopedia Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Shaw Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication

Date: June, 2019

[7] “Trump, God, Conspiracy and the End Times” Ecumenist a Journal of Theology, Culture, and

Society Editor: Dr. David Seljak Publication: Winter, January, 2017

[8] Submitted Chapter: Freemasonry & Anti-Masonic Party Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories

in American History Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Webb Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger)

Publication Date: April, 2019

[9] Submitted Chapter: Skull and Bones Society Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American

History Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Webb Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date:

April, 2019

[10] Submitted Chapter: Televangelists Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History

Editor: Dr. Jeffrey Webb Publisher: ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) Publication Date: April,

2019

2. NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

[1] Regular contributor to Religion Dispatches a University of Southern California secular, independent

online magazine that stands at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture.

[¯2] Report on Civil Society and the 2014 G7 Brussels, Belgium and the Sochi Summit Department

of Civil Society Studies, G8 Research Group at the Trinity College, Munk School of

Global Affairs, University of Toronto Publication Date: July 2014 – Faith Based Organizations

Curriculum Vita Carmen Celestini

[3] Report on Civil Society and the 2013 G8 Lough Erne Summit and the Sochi Summit Department

of Civil Society Studies, G8 Research Group at the Trinity College, Munk School of

Global Affairs, University of Toronto Publication Date: May 2013 – Faith Based Organizations

[4] Report on Civil Society and the 2012 G8 Camp David Summit Department of Civil Society

Studies, G8 Research Group at the Trinity College, Munk School of Global Affairs, University

of Toronto May 2012 – Faith Based Organizations

http://g8live.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Final-Civil-Society-Camp-David-.pdf

[5] Report on Civil Society and the 2011 G8 Deauville Summit Department of Civil Society Studies,

G8 Research Group at the Trinity College, Munk School of Global Affairs, University

of Toronto February 2012

http://g8live.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Deauville-Civil-Society-Report.pdf

[6] Report on Civil Society and the 2010 G8 Muskoka Summit Department of Civil Society Studies,

G8 Research Group at the Trinity College, Munk School of Global Affairs, University

of Toronto February 2011 – Faith Based Organizations

http://g8live.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/2010-muskoka-civilsociety.pdf

Memberships

Member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Member of the North American Association for Study of Religion (NAASR)

Member of the Society for Utopian Studies (SUS)

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