Research

I have been involved in a variety of research projects, mostly concerned with the status of religion in contemporary societies. My primary research focus has been on the role of religion within seemingly secular social spheres; I have carried out empirical research on the experiences of Muslims in Australia’s queer communities, on evangelical punk, heavy metal, and hip hop musicians in secular music scenes in America, Australia, Britain, and South Africa, and on the status of religious ethics in the contemporary finance industry. I have also been involved in collaborative research through La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue (†2014) on Afghan-Australians and other minority communities in the context of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, and in comparative research on the governance of religious and cultural diversity in Australia and Turkey. More recently, I turned my attention to the presence of Evangelicals in extreme sports youth culture. The output from all these projects is indexed on the publications page, with links to the texts where available.

My current research focuses on the relationship between race and class in South African Christianity, seeking to understand how religious morality is enacted in the everyday lives of middle-class South African Protestants. I am also the Principal Investigator on a small project about raising the profile of the study of Africa at the ANU and in the city of Canberra more broadly, with the support of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.