I've come to Toronto from having been Chair of the Dept of Anthropology at Sussex, and before that Deputy Dean at the University of Durham, UK. My PhD was from Cambridge.
What I'm Working On:
Areas of research: evangelical and charismatic Christianities; religion in mega-cities; creation science; pilgrimage; chaplaincies and intersections between religious and medical discourses; ritual, language, aesthetics, material culture; intersections and tensions between religious and political discourse; Sweden, the UK, Nigeria. Co-editor of Religion and Society with Ramon Sarro (University of Lisbon); former editor of Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Examples of recent publications: Special Issue “Against Belief” (with G. Lindquist) Social Analysis 52(1), 2008; “The Social Life of the Bible” in Encountering the Text: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism, ed. James S. Bielo New York: Rutgers University Press, 2008; “Science Versus Anthropology, Not Religion” in The Edge of Reason? Science and Religion in Modern Society, ed. A. Bentley London: Continuum 2008; “Transgressing the Self: Making Charismatic Saints” Critical Inquiry 35(3) 2009; "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Urbanism" in When God Comes to Town: Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts, eds R. Pinxten and L. Dikomitis Oxford: Berghahn, 2009; “On Mirrors, Masks and Traps: Ambiguity, Risk and ‘Lateral Participation’ in Ritual” Journal of Ritual Studies 23(2), 2009; “An Anthropological Apologetics” South Atlantic Quarterly (forthcoming 2010).