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Masoumeh Sara Rahmani

Lecturer/Research Religious Studies, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

I’m fascinated by New Religious Movements, contemporary spiritualities, meditation groups, and Asian religions especially as they are received in non-Asian contexts. As an ethnographer, understanding peoples’ notions of themselves and their realities is at the heart of my academic endeavours. I use a combination of analytical frameworks (e.g., narrative, linguistic, and discourse analysis) to explore these phenomena.

After completing her B.A. Honours (2012) in Study of Religions at Bath Spa University in England, Sara travelled to New Zealand to begin her PhD. research at the University of Otago. She received joint supervision from the departments of Religion and Anthropology. Her doctorate dissertation, ‘Drifting through Samsara,’ gained an Exceptional Theses Award in 2017 Otago’s Division of Humanities. Sara joined the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at the Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, as Research Associate in July 2017. She is now a lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer in Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2017–2019
    Associate Researcher in Anthropology of Religion, Coventry University


  • 2017 
    University of Otago, PhD Anthropology of Religion