Monographs and Edited Volumes
2017 A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement. University of California Press.
- Awarded 2017 Sharon Stephens Prize by the American Ethnological Association.
- Awarded honorable Third Place in the Clifford Geertz Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
- Currently published or in-press reviews: Journal of the American Academy of Religion(early release); Times Literary Supplement(November 14, 2017); Religion and Society(forthcoming); Journal of the Royal Anthropological Association; AnthroCyBib.
In Preparation: A Machine for Making Gods: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Speculative Religion.
Under Contract: Handbook for the Anthropology of Christianity. Co-editors Joel Robbins, Naomi Haynes, and Tom Boylston. University of California Press.
Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
In press: “Introduction: Anthropology and Character, Part Two.” (co-authored with Adam Reed). InSocial Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.
In press: “Reterritorializing Religion, Reterritorializing Money.” In David Pedersen and Taylor Nelms, eds., The Cultural History of Money in the Modern Age. London: Bloomsbury.
In press: “Can we Have our Nature/Culture Dichotomy Back, Please?” (co-authored with Nigel Clark and Rupert Stasch). In An Anthropology of the Enlightenment: Moral Social Relations Then and Today. London: Bloomsbury.
In press:“‘TheLord Says You Speak as Harlots’: Affect, Affectus, and Affectio.” In Yelle, Robert, Christopher Lerich, and Courtney Handman, eds.Language and Religion. Berlin: De Gruyters.
In press:“Anthropology, Theology, and the Challenge of Immanence.” In J. Derrick Lemons, ed., Theologically Engaged Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
In press:“Virtual Religion.” In Oxford Handbook of the Anthropology of Religion, edited by Simon Coleman and Joel Robbins.
In press: “Christianity.” Entry in International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Hillary Callan. Wiley-Blackwell.
2018 “Introduction to special section 2: Anthropology and Character.” (co-authored with Adam Reed). In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(3): 305-313.
2018 “Introduction to special section 1: Anthropology and Character.” (co-authored with Adam Reed). In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(2): 159-167.
2018 “Character as Gift and Erasure.” In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(2):211-221
2018 “Judgement and critique, anthropology and religion.” Critical Research on Religion 6(1): 10-15.
2018 “Deleuze.”Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology.http://doi.org/10.29164/18deleuze
2017 “Eschatology, Ethics and Ēthnos:Resentment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity.” Religion and Society: Advances in Research8: 42-61.
2017 “Dialogic Prophecies and Monologic Vision.” In Tomlinson, Matt and Julian Millie, eds. The Monologic Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2017 “After, and Before, Anthropos” Platypus: The Castac Bloghttp://blog.castac.org/2017/04/after-and-before-anthropos/
2017 “Anthropos Tomorrow: Transhumanism and Anthropology” (co-authored with Ian Lowrie). Platypus: The Castac Blog http://blog.castac.org/2017/02/anthropos-tomorrow-transhumanism-and-anthropology/
2017 “Assemblages: (Pre)Political, Ethical, and Ontological Perspectives.” (co-authored with Razvan Amironesei). SubStance 46(1): 3-20.
2017 “The Tragic Political Assemblage: Implications of Contemporary Anthropological Debates on Hierarchy, Heterarchy, and Ontology as Political Challenges.” SubStance46(1): 140-154.
2017 “’Religion’ after Religion, ‘Ritual’ after Ritual.” In The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology, Simon Coleman and Sue Hyatt, eds., Routledge Press.
2016 “Diagramming the Will: Ethics and Prayer, Text and Politics.” Ethnos 81(4): 712-732.
2016 “The Ancient-Future Time Crystal: On the Temporality of Emerging Christianity.” (co-authored with James Bielo). In April Stace and Mike Clawson, eds., Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Emerging Church. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock.
2016 “Apocalyptic Diversity, Demonic Anthropology, and the Evangelical Ēthnos: Modes of imagining alterity among American Charismatic Evangelicals.” In North American Dialogue 19(2): 85-101.
2016 “Descending Beneath Our Christian/Secular Divide,” a contribution to “An Author Meets His Critics: Faith in Anthropology: A Symposium on Timothy Larsen’s The Slain God” The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology34(2): 140-152 (with Timothy Larsen, Brian Howell, Derrick Lemons, James Bielo, and Tanya Luhrmann).
2016 “Protestant Language, Christian Problems, and Religious Realism” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 40(4): 37-42 (lead article in a forum entitled “Is there such a thing as Religious Language? Is there such a thing as Religion?”).
2016 “Ethnography at its Edges: The Insistence of Religion” American Ethnologist 43(2):369-373. (Long-form essay on Janice Boddy and Michael Lambek, A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion).
2016 “Apostolic Networks in the Third Wave of the Spirit: John Wimber and the Vineyard.”Pneuma 38(1): 23-32.
2015 “Affect: Intensities and Energies in the Charismatic Language, Embodiment, and Genre of a North American Movement.” In The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, Simon Coleman and Rosalind Hackett, eds., New York: New York University Press.
2015 “The Third Wave and The Third World: C. Peter Wagner, John Wimber, and the Pedagogy of Global Renewal in the Late Twentieth Century.” Pneuma37(2): 177-200.
2015 “Special Section Introduction: What is an Individual? The View from Christianity.” (co-authored with Girish Daswani) Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5 (1): 271–294. Part of a Special Section “The anthropology of personhood, redux: Views from Christianity,” Jon Bialecki and Girish Daswani, special editors.
2015 “The Judgment of God and the Non-Elephantine Zoo: Christian Dividualism, Individualism, and Ethical Freedom After the Mosko-Robbins Debate.” AnthroCyBib Occasional Paper Series http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/anthrocybib/2015/03/17/occasional-paper-bialecki-the-judgment-of-god-and-the-non-elephantine-zoo/
2014 “After the Denominozoic: Evolution, Differentiation, Denominationalism.” Current Anthropology55(S10):S193-S204.
2014 “Does God Exist in Methodological Atheism? On Tanya Lurhmann’s When God Talks Backand Bruno Latour.” The Journal of the Anthropology of Consciousness 25(1):32-52.
2012 “Virtual Christianity in an Age of Nominalist Anthropology.” Anthropological Theory 12(3): 295–319.
2011 “Introduction.” (Lead author; co-author Eric Hoenes del Pinal). Anthropological Quarterly84(3): 575-593. Part of a special issue “Beyond Logos, Extensions of the Language Ideology Paradigm in the Study of Global Christianity(-ies),” E. Hoenes del Pinal and J. Bialecki, special editors.
2011 “No Caller I.D. for the Soul – demonization, charisms, and the unstable subject of Protestant language ideology.” Anthropological Quarterly84(3): 679-703. Part of a special issue “Beyond Logos: Extensions of the Language Ideology Paradigm in the Study of Global Christianity(-ies),” E. Hoenes del Pinal and J. Bialecki, special editors.
2011 “Quiet Deliverances” in Practicing the Faith: The Ritual Life of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians(edited by Martin Linderhart). Oxford: Berghan Press, pp. 249-276.
2010 “Angels and Grass: Church, Revival, and the Neo-Pauline Turn.” South Atlantic Quarterly 109(4): 695-717.
2009 “The Bones Restored to Life: Dialogue and Dissemination in the Vineyard’s Dialectic of Text and Presence”in The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (edited by James Bielo). New Brunswick:Rutgers University Press, pp. 136-156.
2009 “Disjuncture, Continental Philosophy’s New ‘Political Paul,’ and the Question of Progressive Christianity in a Southern Californian Third Wave Church.” American Ethnologist 36(1): 110-123.
2008 “The Anthropology of Christianity.” (Lead author; co-authors Naomi Haynes and Joel Robbins). Religion Compass2(6): 1139-1158.
2008 “Between Stewardship and Sacrifice: Agency and Economy in a Southern California Charismatic Church.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 14(2): 372-390.
2018 (co-edited with Adam Reed) “Anthropology and Character, Part Two.” In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(3).
2018 (co-edited with Adam Reed) “Anthropology and Character” In Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale26(2).
2017 (co-edited with Ian Lowrie) “Anthropos Tomorrow: Transhumanism and Anthropology.” Platypus: The Castac Blog http://blog.castac.org
2017 (co-edited with Razvan Amironsei) “Assemblages: (Pre)Political, Ethical and Ontological Perspectives.” SubStance46(1).
2015 (co-edited with Girish Daswani) Special Section “The anthropology of personhood, redux: Views from Christianity,” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(1).
2011 (co-edited with Eric Hoenes del Pinal) Special issue “Beyond Logos: Extensions of the Language Ideology Paradigm in the Study of Global Christianity(-ies),” Anthropological Quarterly84(3).
2018 “Anthropology and Theology in Parallax: a review of Douglas Erickson, Living the Future: The Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit in the Vineyard Movement. 22(May). http://aotcpress.com/articles/anthropology-theology-parallax/
2017 “Turn, Turn, Turn,” a review of Martin Holbraad and Morten Axel Pedersen, The ontological turn: an anthropological exposition. http://www.publicbooks.org/turn-turn-turn/
2016 “TheGenealogy of Ethical Life,” areview ofWebb Keane, Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories. In Marginalia Review of Books (an LA Review of Books Portal).http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/genealogy-ethical-life-jon-bialecki/
2015 “The Problem with Critique, and Critique as a Problem,” a review of Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, Is Critique Secular? (2ndEdition). In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21(1):202-205.
2014 Review of Daniel Colucciello Barber, Deleuze and the Naming of God: Post-Secularism and the Future of Immanence and F. LeRon Shults Iconoclastic Theology: Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism. In Religion in Society: Advances in Research 5:261-267.
2014 Review of Brent Nongbri, Before Religion: History of a Modern Concept. In AnthroCyBib: The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog http://anthrocybib.net/2014/03/06/ending-a-conversation-with-system-r-book-review-of-nongbris-before-religion/
2013 Review of Daniel Colucciello Barber, On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity. In AnthroCyBib: The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Bloghttp://anthrocybib.net/2013/03/20/against-heresiologies-book-review-of-barbers-on-diaspora-christianity-religion-and-secularity/
Book and Media Reviews
In press: Review of Gina Calvin and Joanna Brooks, eds. Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion. In Mormon Studies Review.
2018 Review of Kevin Lewis O’Neill, Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 24(1):216-217.
2016 Review of Anna Strhan, Aliens & Strangers? The Struggle for Coherence in the Everyday Lives of Evangelicals. In Theology119(4):281-282.
2016 Review of Matthew Tomlinson, Ritual Textuality: Patterns and Motion in Performance. In Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 10(2):242-244.
2016 Review of Talena Sanders, Liahona. In AnthroCyBib:The Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/anthrocybib/2016/01/19/liahona-film-review/
2014 Review of Alice Beck Kehow, Militant Christianity. In Religion in Society4:221-223.
2014 Review of Liana Chua, The Christianity of Culture. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute20(1):160-161.
2013 Review of T.M. Luhrmann, When God Talks back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. In Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft8(2):204-209.
2012 Review of James Faubion, An Anthropology of Ethics. In Soumen Anthropologi: The Finnish Journal of Anthropology 37(1):54-55.
2012 Review of Omri Elisha, Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches. In Anthropological Quarterly 85(3):973-978.
2011 Review of Jarrett Zigon, HIV Is God’s Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia. InSoumen Anthropologi: The Finnish Journal of Anthropology36(3):82-83.
2009 Review of Brian Howell, Christianity in the Local Context. InAnthropology News 50(4):47-48 [As part of the Society for Anthropology of Religioncolumn].
2008 Review of David Smilde, Reason to Believe. H-Pentecostalism, H-Net Reviews, July, 2008. http://www.hnet.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=19667121692816.
2006 Review of Vincent Crapanzano, Imaginative Horizons. InJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 12:687-688.
2018 Response to Paolo Heywood, Making Difference: Queer Activism and Anthropological Theory.Current Anthropology 59(3):314-331. [Bialecki response, pgs. 324-325].
2018 “The Highpoint Church Standing Ovation.” Anthropology News (Society for Linguistic Anthropology section news page). January 26th(http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2018/01/26/the-highpoint-church-standing-ovation/)
2014 “A morale booster on careers, job searches, and grants: if you’re doing it right, it hurts!” The Dirt: UCSD Graduate Anthropology Student Newsletter.
2010 “Virtual Christianity,” posted in the Social Science Research Council’s Immanent Framewebsite on October 29th(http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2010/10/29/virtual-christianity/)
Interviews (with self as subject)
2018 “AE Interviews Jon Bialecki, winner of the Sharon Stephens Prize for his book A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement.” Interview by Bryan Dougan. American Ethnologist website, April 9, 2018. http://americanethnologist.org/features/interviews/aes-interviews-jon-bialecki
Interviews (with self as interviewer)
2018 “Naomi Haynes on her book, Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt.” CaMP Anthropology. https://campanthropology.org/2018/05/21/naomi-haynes-moving-by-the-spirit/