I am an anthropologist of religion.
My research focuses on contemporary debates in religion, particularly in relation to gender, sexuality and health. My regional focus is on Christianity in Nigeria and the diaspora.
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 ideas about 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 at the school during my doctoral studies, whilst also teaching religion, theology and anthropology at Oxford to undergraduates and graduates. At Birkbeck, I contributed to teaching courses on 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 the rise of Pentecostalism in Nigeria and its implications on gender and sexuality, especially the status of women. 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 other publications here.
Between submitting my doctoral dissertation and starting my fellowship at Trinity, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. I was employed on the Wellcome Trust funded research project, Hidden Persuaders (2014-2021), which investigated historical and cultural fears about mind control, and the roles, real and imagined, of the ‘psy’ professions in that history. In particular, the project examined what came to be known, post-war, as ‘brainwashing’, and contextualised our fears of a range of psychological states – from mild suggestion all the way to systematic indoctrination and ‘thought-reform’.