Postdoctoral Fellow

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Carmen Celestini

Carmen Celestini PhD. (University of Waterloo) is a Post Doctoral Fellow with The Disinformation Project in the School of Communications. 

Carmen is working with Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi on the Understanding hate groups narratives and conspiracy theories in traditional and alternative social media project. This project empirically examines Canadian right-wing extremism (RWE) narratives, conspiracies, and discourses on traditional and alternative social media.


  • Ph.D. 2018 Religious Studies (Religious Diversity in North America)
    Supervisor: Dr. Scott Kline, University of Waterloo
    Dissertation: God, Country, and Christian Conservatives: The National Association of Manufacturers, the John Birch Society, and the Rise of the Christian Right.
  • M.A. 2012 Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Honours B.A. 2011 Religion Specialist, University of Toronto





  • “Conspiracy: The Aftermath of QAnon” in Critical Theology, Ottawa: Novalis-Saint Paul University, Volume 2, no. 4.
  • Book Review of Watchman on the Tower: Ezra Taft Benson and the Making of the Mormon RightMormon Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Volume 9.
  • “The 1964 Presidential Election: Goldwater v. Johnson” “FOX NEWS: From Outfoxed to Hannity and Trump” “The 2016 Presidential Election: Clinton v. Trump” in Anti-intellectualism and Elitism in America: An Encyclopedia of Conflict. Dr. Tim Lacy, editor. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • “Billy Graham” “Religious Political Alliances” in Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia. Dr. Timothy J. Demy and Dr. Jeffrey M. Shaw, editors. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Freemasonry and Anti-Masonic Party” “Skull and Bones Society” “Televangelists” in Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History. Dr. Christopher R. Fee and Dr. Jeffrey B. Webb, editors. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • “Federal Election Commission v. Christian Action Network” “National Rifle Association” in Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia. Dr. David Schultz, editor. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • “Fighting ‘the System’: The Christian Identity Movement and the Turner Diaries” in Understanding Angry Groups: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Their Motivations and Effects on Society. Dr. Susan C. Cloninger and Dr. Steven A. Leibo, editors. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • “Trump, God, Conspiracy and the End Times” in The ecumenist: a journal of theology, culture, and society. Dr. David Seljak, editor. Ottawa: Novalis-Saint Paul University
  • “Cage Fighting for Jesus: The Neo-Muscular Christianity Movement in Mixed Martial Arts” in God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influential Figure (Volume 2). Dr. Stephen Butler Murray and Dr. Aimée Upjohn Light, editors. Santa Barbara: Praeger.


  • MARBL Short-Term Fellowship
    Funding for a residency at Emory University to undertake dissertation research at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
  • George P. Grant Memorial Award
    Paper: “Marx, Hegel and the Occupy Movement”
    This annual scholarship was established to honour George P. Grant, the eminent Canadian philosopher, social theorist, and a pioneer of religious studies in Canada. The scholarship is granted only to outstanding candidates whose work serves as a suitable memorial to Dr. Grant.


  • Conspiracy Theory
  • Apocalyptic Thought
  • Right Wing Extremism
  • Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Social Media
  • Religion and Social Theory
  • Populism