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.
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, which is currently under review at Oxford University Press. You can find my research and 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.
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.
I am a member of the National Working Group for Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief. You can find our National Action Plan here, and we are currently in the process of updating this document. This cross-sector group works to tackle child abuse that is linked to accusations of witchcraft and spirit possession.
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
2020 – 2016 D. Phil in Theology & 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