BiographyI am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. I teach various undergraduate sociology modules (Religion and Society and Work, Organisations and Society) and supervise PhD students.
I am a sociologist of religion specialising in gender and sexuality issues. I am currently involved with three research projects: Abortion Debates in Public Spaces, an ethnography of prayer vigils at abortion clinics; Understanding Abortion in Catholic Communities (British Academy funded); and Examining the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s Anglican Church Investigation.
I came to Aston in 2012; before then, I was at the Universities of Durham (for my postdoc) and Nottingham (where I undertook my PhD which focused on clergy mothers and clergy husbands in the Anglican Church). The University of Nottingham is also where I worked on the Religion, Youth and Sexuality project (2009-2011), a mixed-methods investigation into the attitudes and experiences of sexuality for 18 to 25 year olds from various religious traditions.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Sociology of religion
I love going to the theatre, travelling, and walking.