I am an anthropologist of religion.
My research agenda focuses on the ways religious ideas and practices generate experiences of the self, the body and sexuality.
In 2013, I completed a Master’s degree in the Study of Religions with distinction, 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.
After my Master’s, I taught Philosophy and Religion at a secondary school in London. I continued teaching part-time throughout my doctoral studies, and also taught religion, theology and anthropology to undergraduates and graduates at Oxford. At Birkbeck College, I taught courses in African history and gender studies to BA and MA students.
I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2020. My research focused on documenting the rise of exorcism practices in sub-Saharan Africa and its implications on debates around gender and sexuality on the continent. 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 (Oxford University Press). You can find my other publications here.
Between 2020 and 2021, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. I was a member of the Wellcome Trust funded research project, Hidden Persuaders, which investigated historical and cultural fears around ‘brainwashing’ and mind-control. My research examined perceptions about religious conversions in liberal Western societies.
2021 – Title A Research Fellow in Anthropology — Trinity College, University of Cambridge
2020 – 2021 Postdoctoral Researcher in History — Birkbeck College, University of London
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