Jon Bialecki (Born 1969, JD 1997, Ph.D. 2009) is a fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His academic interests include the anthropology of religion, anthropology of the subject, ontology and temporality, religious language ideology, and religious transhumanist movements.
He received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and his JD from the University of San Diego. In addition to his current position, he was previously a lecturer in Anthropology at both the University of Edinburgh (2013-2015) and at University of California, San Diego (2009-2013); he was also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (2006-2009). He writes on North American neocharismatic Christianity, on global Christianities, on the anthropology of Christianity, on religious transhumanist movements, and on anthropological theory. His first monograph, A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement, is a study of the miraculous and of modes of differentiation at the individual and institutional level in the Vineyard church-planting movement, with a focus on how these processes are expressed in ethics, politics, language and economic practices. He is currently working on his second manuscript, A Machine for Making Gods: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Speculative Thought. His work has also been published in several edited volumes, as well as in academic journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Theory and The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute; he was also recently a co-editor of a special issue of Anthropological Quarterly that focused on Christian Language Ideology and in of a special section of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory entitled “What is an individual? The view from Christianity.”