Nathanael Homewood

Nathanael Homewood is a lecturer of religion at Rice University specializing in Global Christianity. He is also the General Secretary of the African Association for the Study of Religions and the editor for Modern and Global Christianity in the Religious Studies Review. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 2018.

His areas of specialization include African Christianity, Global Pentecostalism, and religion and sexuality. His first book, Sex with Spirits, is under review and explores the sexual demons of Ghanaian Pentecostalism. Current projects include investigating the decolonial possibilities of demons and a wide-sweeping exploration of the global influence of faith-healer Benny Hinn.

Publications (selected):

2021 “Zoompartation: Benny Hinn’s Touch in Zoom Healing” in Religions (forthcoming)

2021 “Wrestling with Homosexuality: Kinesthesia as Affect and Resistance in Ghanaian Pentecostalism.” Pages 253-272 in Embodying Black Religions in Africa and Its Diasporas. Edited by Jeanette Jouili and Yolanda Covington-Ward. Durham: Duke University Press.

2019 “Leaky Anuses, Loose Vaginas, and Large Penises: A Hierarchy of Sexualized Bodies in the Pentecostal Imaginary.” Pages 113-128 in Routledge Handbook of Queer African Studies. Edited by S.N. Nyeck. New York: Routledge.

2018 “The Fantastic Fetus:  The Fetus as a Super-Citizen in Ghanaian Pentecostalism” in Citizenship Studies Journal 22.6: 618-632.

Reprinted: Pages 62-76 in Christianity, Sexuality, and Citizenship in Africa. Edited by Adriaan Van

Research Areas

Global Christianity


PhD, Rice University

MA, Rice University

M.Div, Yale University

BA, University of Western Ontario


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