Dr Andrew McKinnon

Dr Andrew McKinnon

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew McKinnon
Dr Andrew McKinnon

Contact Details


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. 


Cover image for The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads: The Crises of a Global Church By Christopher Craig Brittain and Andrew McKinnon   Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion (Hardback) book cover

External Memberships and Affiliations

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


Current Research

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 Responsibilities

I 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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