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, and Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

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.

Christopher R. Cotter

Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK


Christopher R. Cotter is a fourth year Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies at Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses upon the discourses on ‘religion’ in the Southside of Edinburgh, the concepts of ‘nonreligion’ and ‘the secular’, and the ensuing theoretical implications for Religious Studies. His previous degrees at the University of Edinburgh focused upon ‘New Atheism’ and alternative typologies of ‘nonreligion’. Chris joined the NSRN directorial team in late 2014, having previously served as Managing Editor of NSRN Online. His primary role at the NSRN is to liaise between the NSRN Directors and the NSRN Online Team.

Chris is co-editor of Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular (Ashgate, 2013), After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Routledge, 2016), and New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates (with Philip Quadrio and Jonathan Tuckett, Forthcoming, Springer). He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief at the Religious Studies Project, and Honorary Treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Religions. See his personal blog, or Academia.edu page for a full CV.

Dr Stacey Gutkowski

Conflict Studies, King’s College London, UK

Stacey Gutkowski is a Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King’s College London. Her interdisciplinary research interrogates the various relationships between peace, conflict, religion and the secular. She is the author of Secular War: Myths of Religion, Politics and Violence (I.B. Tauris, 2013) and articles and book chapters on the relationships among politics, security, religion and secularism in Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, the United States and the United Kingdom. She has conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Israel/Palestine and the United Kingdom. With Lois Lee and Johannes Quack she is co-editor of the book series Religion and its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (DeGruyter). She sits on the editorial boards of Religion, State and Society and Secularism and Nonreligion. Her current book project examines how Israeli Jews who identify themselves as not very observant understand peace, violence and security.

Dr Lois Lee

Sociology, University College London, UK


Dr Lois Lee is Research Associate at the Religion and Political Theory Centre at the School of Public Policy, UCL, and founding director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN). She is co-editor of the academic journal Secularism and NonreligionNSRN Online and the De Gruyter book series, Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity. She has published widely on social scientific approaches to nonreligion, atheism and secularism, in academic journals (e.g. Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Social Analysis) and in edited collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (2013) and The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion (forthcoming). She has co-edited volumes, including Negotiating Religion (Ashgate, forthcoming) and Secularity and Non-Religion (Routledge, 2013), and journal special issues with Religion (2014) and the Journal of Contemporary Religion (2012). Her first monograph, Recognizing the Non-religious: Reimagining the Secular was published by OUP in September 2015.

Dr Johannes Quack

Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Johannes Quack is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Zurich. His (ethnographic) research interests include popular Hinduism; secularity, secularism and nonreligion; therapeutic pluralism; knowledge (trans)formations; biographic and ethnographic methods.

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 of articles. Further he was PI of the research project “The Diversity of Nonreligion”. See his website [in German].

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