I was trained at the Universities of British Columbia and Toronto before coming to Aberdeen at the beginning of 2008. Most of my long-standing research interests involve two themes: the place of religion in social life, and our fundamental theories of the social world. I have also spent a lot of time thinking about metaphors in religious thought and practice, as well as in scholarly theories of religion. I am not committed to a particular methodological approach having done quantitative, qualitative, and historical research, and think it is most important for methods to be appropriate to the questions we're asking.
Over the past several years I have been doing research on conflicts over homosexuality in the worldwide Anglican Communion with Christopher Brittain, interviewing church leaders in Britain and from around the globe.
I am an experienced PhD supervisor, and I am happy to hear from prospective PhD students interested in either sociology of religion (especially religion and conflict, sexuality, Anglican/Episcopal churches, evangelicalism, historical sociology of religion) or theory (especially critical or classical theory; rhetoric). Please take a look at my publication list and see if you think there might be a good fit with the doctoral research you might wish to undertake.
Editorial Board for Studies in Critical Research on Religion (book series) and Critical Research on Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Associate Editor of The Canadian Journal of Sociology
I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Current research interests include:
• Sociological theory, especially with reference to religion (sociological use of metaphors, classical theory, critical theory)
• Conflict in the Anglican Communion (research conducted with Dr. Christopher Brittain, Divinity, University of Aberdeen)
• Historical Sociology (especially in relation to religion and conflict, violence and social control, energy).
Teaching ResponsibilitiesI currently teach the postgraduate Advance Social Theory (SO5014) a level four honours course, Sociology of Religion and Culture (SO4539), and I contribute to the postgraduate Advanced Qualitative Methods (SO5011).
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The sociology of conversion narratives: A conundrum, a theory, and an opportunityJournal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 89-105Contributions to Journals: Articles
Marx and MarxismsThe Cambridge History of Atheism. Bullivant, S., Ruse, M. (eds.). Cambridge University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Christians, Muslims and Traditional Worshippers in Nigeria: Estimating the relative proportions from eleven nationally representative social surveysReview of Religious Research, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 303-315Contributions to Journals: Articles
Anglican disputes over sexuality in the intersection of global power relationsIntersecting Religion and Sexuality: Sociological Perspectives. Yip, A., Page, S. J. (eds.). Brill, pp. 85-102Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Growth of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion): fishing for converts, but are there holes in the net?Journal of Empirical Theology, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 188-200Contributions to Journals: Articles
Reshaping Offline Community in the Image of Online Experience: The Impact of Digital Media on Church Conflict in the Episcopal Diocese of PittsburghEcclesial Practices, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 48-66Contributions to Journals: Articles
Demography of Anglicans in Sub-Saharan Africa: Estimating the Population of Anglicans in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and UgandaJournal of Anglican Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 42-60Contributions to Journals: Articles
HabitusChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Symbolic Power and ViolenceChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Ritual, narrative and time: Bridging between Durkheim and RicoeurJournal of Classical Sociology, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 215-230Contributions to Journals: Articles