I am Sociologist/Anthropologist of Religion. I am a researcher of New Monasticism in the UK, US, and Canada, and of Christian evangelicals. I have lectured in anthropology of religion and in sociology at Cardiff University for four years. I’m interested in issues of migration and EU citizenship. Here, I’m collating the research I come across. I also write and commission articles as Associate Editor of the European page of openDemocracy.
I write ‘tongue-in-cheek’ sociological analyses of films and TV shows on my other blog Cinema and Sociology. I’m Editor for the Sociology of Religion Section of the open access journal Open Theology (De Gruyter) and Managing Editor for the journal Secularism & Nonreligion. I’ve been lecturing on Globalisation and Social Change at Cardiff University and carried out some research on co-housing and intentional communities.
I was awarded a PhD with no corrections in sociology of religion from Cardiff University. The thesis put forward a concept of authenticity to better understand the individual religious identity of Christian evangelicals in pluralistic times. The theory draws on Georg Simmel and is illustrated by ethnographic research carried out in a Christian evangelical church. It is available online here.
I’m an experienced policy and public affairs’ professional. I lobbied successfully for policy changes. I was in politics for ten years and was an elected councillor for two terms in Cardiff.
I’m a symbolic interactionist and devotee of Georg Simmel and Luigi Pirandello. I love noir and horror films, chocolate and tea, proper tea, (Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong tea).
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