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Lecturer in Global Religion and Politics, Lancaster University

I work on religion, culture and politics in Africa and the Americas. My primary focus is global evangelicalism, particularly 20th and 21st century Pentecostal Christianity in Brazil and Nigeria.

While I am trained as an historian, my research interests are fundamentally interdisciplinary and have as much to do with the present as the past. They include faith and modernity; health and healing; the supernatural in politics; race; national identity; globalization; and global and comparative methodologies. I am currently writing a book on spiritual warfare and contemporary global Christianity. My side projects include alternative spirituality, social futures, and the politics of truth.

In addition to my role in PPR, I am also a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University.

I write for both scholarly and general publications, and am particularly interested in sharing my work with the broader public.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer in Global Religion & Politics, Lancaster University
  • 2017–2018
    Honorary Research Fellow in Politics, Philosophy & Religion, Lancaster University
  • 2015–2016
    Assistant Professor of Latin American History, Keene State College
  • 2012–2015
    Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies, Bowdoin College


  • 2013 
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA
  • 2002 
    Harvard University, EdM
  • 1997 
    Wesleyan University, BA