Dr Michael Wilkinson

Dr Michael Wilkinson

Department of Theology and Religion
Distance Learning Instructor

I am a part time distance learning instructor living in Canada where I am a Professor of Sociology at a Canadian University.


  • PhD, University of Ottawa
  • MA, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • BA, Carlton University


Sociology of Religion, Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies.

Postgraduate supervision

Global Pentecostalism, Congregational Studies, Religion and Diversity, Religion and Globalization.

Find out more - our PhD Theology and Religion  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Research Interests include the relationship between religion and globalization, religious diversity and public life, immigration and ethnic congregations, culture and embodiment.

Other activities

Professional Associations: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; Association for the Sociology of Religion; Society for Pentecostal Studies; International Society for the Sociology of Religion.



  • Pentecostals and the Body: Ritual, Emotion, and Embodiment. Leiden: Brill. Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, 2017.
  • A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
  • Catch the Fire: Soaking Prayer and Charismatic Renewal. Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.
  • Global Pentecostal Movements: Migration, Mission, and Public Religion. Leiden: Brill, 2012 (editor).


  • “The Prosperity Gospel and the Globalization of American Capitalism.” In Religious Activism in the Global Economy, edited by Sabine Dreher and Jay Smith, Rowman International Books, 2016.
  • “Globalization.” In Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert A. Segal, editors. Brill, 2015.
  • “The Embodiment of Prayer in Charismatic Christianity.” In A Sociology of Prayer, edited by Linda Woodhead and Giuseppe Giordon, Ashgate, 2015.
  • “The Emergence, Development, and Pluralisation of Global Pentecostalism.” In The Handbook of Global Contemporary Christianity, edited by Stephen Hunt. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • “History of English-Speaking Sociology of Religion in Canada.” in National Survey of Histories of Sociology of Religion, edited by Anthony Blasi and Giuseppe Giordon. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2015.
  • “Sociological Narratives and the Sociology of Pentecostalism.” In The Cambridge Companion for Pentecostal Studies, edited by Amos Yong and Mel Robuck, 215-234. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • “Religion and Global Flows.” In Globalization, Religion and Culture, edited by Peter Beyer and Lori Beaman, 375-389. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2007.

Journal articles

  • “Christian Churches and Immigrant Support in Canada: An Organizational Ecology Perspective.” Review of Religious Research 58 (2016) 495-513.
  • “Charismatic Christianity and the Role of Networks: Catch the Fire and the Revival Alliance.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 38 (2016) 33-49.
  • >“Pentecostals and the World: Theoretical and Methodological Issues for Studying Global Pentecostalism.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 38 (2016) 373-93.

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