I am a Lecturer in Sociology in the Institute of Education, Arts and Community at Federation University Australia, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.
After receiving my PhD in sociology from the University of Bristol in 2012, I was a researcher in La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue from 2012 to 2013, and at the University of Helsinki from 2013 to 2018. From 2018 to 2022 I was the Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences in the Humanities Research Centre at the ANU, including a stint as the Convenor of ANU’s Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry in 2019 and 2020. I joined Federation University in early 2023, but retain an honorary affiliation to the ANU.
My research has primarily focused on the role of religion in contemporary society, specifically nominally secular social spheres sch as sex, finance, and rock’n’roll. This has been the topic of my books Evangelical Youth Culture: Alternative Music and Extreme Sports Subcultures (Bloomsbury, 2017), Christian Punk: Identity and Performance (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Race, Class and Christianity in South Africa: Middle-Class Moralities (Routledge, 2021).
A full list of my publications is online, with links to the journals and conference proceedings, where available, as well as Google Books previews of the edited volumes I have contributed chapters to. Details of my various conference and seminar presentations over the years are available as well. You can also learn more about my approach to teaching and my various research projects.
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