Bio

I am an anthropologist of religion and sexuality.

My research agenda focuses on how religious ideas and practices create experiences of the self, the body and sexuality.


I grew up in London and graduated with a First Class degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, in 2012.

In 2013, I graduated with Distinction from a Master’s degree in the Study of Religions, also from Oxford. My dissertation investigated how the arrival of missionary Christianity, colonialism and later waves of Christian revivals transformed understandings of health and wealth in West Africa.

In between my Master’s and my Doctorate, I taught Philosophy and Religion at a leading secondary school in London. I continued teaching part-time throughout my doctoral studies, and also taught undergraduates and graduates at Oxford. I am also teaching in my current role at Birkbeck, for BA and MA students in History and Gender Studies.

I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2020. My research focused on documenting the recent rise of exorcism (‘Deliverance’) in African Christianity, and the effects of this trend on the status of women in these communities. 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. You can find my publications here.

Since submitting my doctoral dissertation in March 2020, I have held the post of Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. I am a member of the Wellcome Trust funded research project, Hidden Persuaders, which investigates historical and cultural fears around ‘brainwashing’ and mind-control, from various disciplinary perspectives. I am personally interested in religious conversions, and perceptions about religious conversions in liberal Western societies.

From October 2021, I will take up a four year Junior Research Fellow (JRF) post in Anthropology, at Trinity College, Cambridge.

I think public literacy about religion is very important, and I have worked on a number of projects to facilitate meaningful, informed and compassionate discourse about religion in society. You can find information about these projects in the ‘Media‘ section.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2021 – 2025 Research Fellow in Anthropology — Trinity College, University of Cambridge

2020 – 2021 Postdoctoral researcher in History — Birkbeck, University of London

2015 – 2020 Teacher of Philosophy & Religious Studies — North London Collegiate School

EDUCATION

2020 – 2016 D. Phil in Anthropology of Religion — St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

2012 – 2013 MSt in the Study of Religions with Distinction — Keble College, University of Oxford

2009 – 2012 BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology with First Class Honours — Keble College, University of Oxford

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