Dr. Yonatan Nissim Gez

Buber Fellow: 
Academic interests: 

Development Studies, Anthropology, African Studies, Religious Studies

Current Projects: 
  • Religion and international development
  • Religion and society  in Kenya 
  • Theorizing religious mobility
  • Notions of self-accomplishment in East Africa
  • Development project failures in Africa
  • The internationalization of private education
Curriculum Vitae: 

2008-2014 / PhD in Sociology and Anthropology Development, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Thesis title: "Religious Identity and Mobility in Nairobi: A 'Religious Repertoire' Approach"

2006-2008 / Master of Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations, University of Cambridge

2003-2006 / BA in General Humanities and Jewish Philosophy, Tel Aviv University

  • Forthcoming. Religious Mobility and Religious Repertoires in Urban Kenya: Historical Churches and Pentecostalism. Palgrave Macmillan, Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies.
Edited books
  • Forthcoming. International Development in Africa: Between Theory and Practice. Haifa: Pardes (with Reut Barak-Weekes, in Hebrew).
  • 2014. Mobilité religieuse: Retours croisés des Afriques aux Amériques. Paris: Karthala (with Yvan Droz, Philippe Chanson, & Edio Soares).

Peer-reviewed articles
  • Forthcoming. "Le fondamentalisme pentecôtiste à l’épreuve du butinage religieux au Kenya". Canadian Journal of African Studies (with Yvan Droz).
  • Forthcoming. “‘It’s All Under Christianity’: Religious Territories in Kenya.” Journal of Africana Religions (with Yvan Droz).
  • 2018. “Borders and Boundaries: Eritrean Graduates Reflect on Their Medical Interpreting Training.” The European Legacy (with Michal Schuster).

  • 2017. “The Sheep-Stealing Dilemma: The Ambiguities of Church Visits in Kenya.” Journal of Religion in Africa (with Yvan Droz).

  •  2017. "From Converts to Itinerants: Religious Butinage as Dynamic Identity." Current Anthropology 58(2): 141–159 (with Yvan Droz, Edio Soares & Jeanne Rey).

  • 2016. " La mobilité religieuse à l’aune du butinage." Social Compass 63(2): 251–267 (with Yvan Droz, Edio Soares & Jeanne Rey).

  • 2015. “Negotiation and Erosion of Born Again Prestige in Nairobi.” Nova Religio 18(3): 18-37 (with Yvan Droz).

  • 2012. “From ‘Crime of Passion’ to ‘Love Does Not Kill’: The Murder of Einav Rogel and the Role of Na’amat Women’s Organization in the Construction of Violence against Women in Israel.” Israel Studies 17(2): 129-155 (with Anat Herbst).

  • 2011. “The Phenomenon of Jewish Buddhists in Light of the History of Jewish Suffering.” Nova Religio 15(1): 44-68. (Reprinted in: Perry Schmidt-Leukel (ed., 2012) Buddhism and Religious Diversity, volume III: Islam and Judaism. London: Routledge).

Chapters in books
  • Forthcoming. “Conclusion.” In: R. Barak-Weekes and Y. N. Gez, International Development in Africa: Between Theory and Practice. Haifa: Pardes (in Hebrew).
  • Forthcoming. “Pentecostalism and alternative paths for self-accomplishment in Kenya.” In Ezra Chitando and Joram Tarusarira (eds.), Religion and Human Security in Africa vol. II, London: Routledge (with Yvan Droz, Carmen Delgado Luchner, and Hervé Maupeu).
  • Forthcoming. “Religious tribalism, local morality and violence in Christian Kenya.” In Ezra Chitando and Joram Tarusarira (eds.), Religion and Human Security in Africa vol. I, London: Routledge (with Yvan Droz and Hervé Maupeu).
  • Forthcoming. “Tikkun Olam and Jewish Outreach within Jewish Faith-Based Organizations.” In A. Heuser and J. Köhrsen (eds.), Faith-Based Organizations (title to be finalized). ZRWP & Nomos-Pano. (with Adi Maya and Ido Benvenisti).
  • Forthcoming. “Les formes du religieux au Kenya.” In C. Thibon, M.-E. Pommerolle & M.-A. Fouéré (eds.), Le Kenya contemporain. Paris: Karthala (with Yvan Droz).
  • 2016. “Kitvei hakodesh kemitve lehekerut: zehut Yehudit-yisraelit murkevet bemifgash im natzrut shamranit bekenya” (“Scripture as a Template for Familiarity: Encounters Between a Complex Jewish-Israeli Identity and Conservative Christians in Kenya”). In R. Ginio, N. Levy & L. Schler, Hasadot beafrika: chavayot shel mechkar vehavnayat yeda (“The Fields in Africa: Research Experiences and Construction of Data”). Haifa: Pardes, 129-144 (in Hebrew).
  • 2015. “A God Trap: Seed Planting, Gift Logic, and the Prosperity Gospel.” In A. Heuser (ed.), Pastures of Plenty: Tracing Religio-Scapes of Prosperity Gospel in Africa and Beyond. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, New York, Oxford, Vienna: Peter Lang, 295-308 (with Yvan Droz).
  • 2015. “Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and the 2013 Kenyan Elections: Between Politics of the Spirit and Expanding Entrepreneurship.” In C. Thibon, M. Ndeda & M.-A. Fouéré (eds.), Kenya’s Past as Prologue: Voters, Violence and the 2013 General Election. Nairobi: Twaweza & Heinrich Böll, 96-115 (with Tanya Alvis).
  • 2014. “Les répertoires religieux: une approche englobante pour décrire la dynamique des identités religieuses.” In Y. Droz, P. Chanson, Y. N. Gez & E. Soares (eds.), Mobilité religieuse: Retours croisés des Afriques aux Amériques. Paris: Karthala, 53-69.
  • 2012. “Butinagem religiosa: a importancia da metafora para pensar o religioso.” In A. P. Oro, C. A. Steil, R. Cipriani and E. Giumbelli (eds.), A religião no espaço public. São Leopoldo: Editora Oikos, 111-137 (with Edio Soares & Yvan Droz).
  • 2010. “‘I Know Nothing about Africa’: Children of Undocumented Sub-Saharan African Labor Migrants in Israel, between Integration and Deportation.” In D. Soen, M. Shechory & S. Ben-David (eds.), Searching for Better Future: Who Pays the Price? Foreign Workers – Multi-Layered Analysis. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 77-93 (with Galia Sabar).
Edited reports
  • 2016. (Re)Searching the Middle Class in Nairobi. Geneva: Kompreno (with Johannes M. Waldmueller & Anthony Boanada-Fuchs).
Articles in non-peer reviewed academic journals
  • 2015. “(Re)Searching the Middle Class in Nairobi: Insights from an Interdisciplinary Workshop.” Ifriqiya 1(10):1-4 (with Johannes M. Waldmueller & Anthony Boanada-Fuchs.)