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Kennel Maxwell, Ph.D. Student, Western Field

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Maxwell Kennel

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies


Maxwell's work is in the Philosophy of Religion and Political Theology, within the pluralistic and interdisciplinary field of Religious Studies. His dissertation-in-progress traces ontologies and epistemologies of violence through the early work of French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the philosophical turn in Mennonite pacifism, and Grace M. Jantzen's "Death and the Displacement of Beauty" project.

Supervisor: Dr. P. Travis Kroeker


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship (2018-2021).
  • Ontario Graduate Fellowship, Government of Ontario (2017-2018).
  • Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre A. James Reimer Scholarship (2016-2017).
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship (2013-2014). • University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship (2013-2014).


BA (University of Waterloo, 2013). MTS (Conrad Grebel University College, 2015).


Instructor, “What on Earth is Religion?” Spring 2019. Religious Studies, McMaster University.

Instructor, “Violence and Religion.” Fall 2018. Religious Studies, McMaster University.


Journal Articles

Edited Books

Academic Presentations

  • “Secular Mennonite Social Critique: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity, and the Future of Mennonite Studies,” Scholar’s Forum, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre. Toronto, ON. January 8, 2020.
  • “Political Theology and the Politics of Time: Theopolitical Periodization in Adam Kotsko’s Neoliberalism’s Demons and Massimo Cacciari’s The Withholding Power,” Panel on ‘The Devil and the Demons: Neoliberal Theology in the Work of Adam Kotsko.’ Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit. American Academy of Religion Meeting. San Diego, California. November 23, 2019.