I am an anthropologist of religion and sexuality.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Birkbeck, University of London, working on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Hidden Persuaders. This project explores cultural fears about ‘brainwashing’ and mind-control.
My current research explores gender, sexuality and selfhood in African Christianity. I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2020, which investigated how the rise of Pentecostalism in Nigeria affects the way Christians feel about their bodies and the treatment of women in this context. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork at one of Nigeria’s largest churches, which specialises in exorcisms (‘Deliverance’), and has highly developed beliefs about witchcraft and the demonic.
My thesis was titled, ‘Sex and the Spirit: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in a Global Deliverance Movement’, and forms the basis of a forthcoming book, which is currently under review at Oxford University Press. My other publications can be found here.
My research on spiritual abuse means I work closely with law enforcement, health professionals, safeguarding leads, charities and journalists. If you are interested in finding out more, or collaborating with me, please reach out.