NSRN Directors

The NSRN Directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of the network, in addition to its overall direction and goals. All have been involved with the NSRN since its inception in 2008. In addition to the directors, a small team of researchers are actively involved in the maintenance and updating of NSRN Online.

The NSRN is also grateful for the support of Nicholas Gibson, Chris Bunn and David Lehmann at the University of Cambridge.

Press queries should be directed to the editor or to any of the NSRN directors. For  email addresses, please follow the hyperlinks at each person’s name.

Dr Stephen Bullivant (Theology, St Mary’s University College)

Stephen Bullivant is Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. He is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (OUP, 2013) with Michael Ruse, and is the guest coeditor of a special issue of Journal of Contemporary Religion, entitled  ‘Nonreligion and Secularity: New Empirical Perspectives, with Lois Lee (January 2012). He has been a co-director of the NSRN since its inception in 2008, and is a member of the editorial board of Secularism and Nonreligion. A Catholic theologian by training, he has published widely on both the sociology and theology of contemporary atheism.

Dr Stacey Gutkowski (International Studies, King’s College, London)

Stacey Gutkowski is a Lecturer in Conflict / Post-conflict Studies in the Middle East the Mediterranean Studies Programme, King’s College London. She is currently finishing a monograph entitled Secular Ways of War: Religion, Myth and Modernity. She has published in Security Studies, International Relations, the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Religion, State and Society, and Studies in Ethnicity & Nationalism, as well as the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security (2012). She has been a co-director of the NSRN since its inception in 2008, and is a member of the editorial board of Secularism and Nonreligion. Her research is in the area of security studies and international political sociology, focusing on the relationship between the West and the Middle East.

Dr Lois Lee (Sociology, University of Cambridge)

Lois Lee is Blackham Fellow for 2011-2012 and a Visiting Fellow at Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College University of London. Her work deals with theories of thought and action in differentiated and highly mediated societies, and her empirical research has focused on British nonreligious and secularist cultures. She is completing her doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge and is currently developing the thesis into a monograph, provisionally titled, Separating Sociologies: Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity in Society and Social Research. She is guest coeditor of a special issue of Journal of Contemporary Religion, entitled  ’Nonreligion and Secularity: New Empirical Perspectives’, with Stephen Bullivant (January 2012). She has publications in (or forthcoming in) the Annual Review of Sociology of Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Ethnicity & Nationalism andCritique and Humanism, and will contribute to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to Atheism (2013).

Lois is founding director of the NSRN, the editor of its website, co-editor of the journal Secularism and Nonreligion (NSRN and ISSSC), and features editor for the LSE-based journal, Studies in Ethnicity & Nationalism (Wiley-Blackwell). She lectures and teaches the study of religion (and nonreligion), sociology of religion, social theory of modernity, introduction to sociology, and qualitative social research methods.

Dr Johannes Quack (Anthropology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)

Johannes Quack studied Religious Studies, Social Anthropology and Philosophy at the Universities of Bayreuth, Edinburgh, and Heidelberg. He has worked as a lecturer at the Departments of Religious Studies and Anthropology at the Universities of Heidelberg, Luzern, Münster, Tübingen, and in collaboration with the LMU in Munich. Quack was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia & Europe,” Heidelberg University and research fellow at McGill University, Montreal. He is currently the principal investigator of the project “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” funded by the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Council. His regional focus is on North-India.

With respect to the work of the NSRN he published one monograph (Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), an edited volume (Religion und Kritik in der Moderne, Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2012 – co-edited with Prof. Ulrich Berner), and a couple articles (see http://nsrn.net/bibliography/bibliography-author/).

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