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

International Studies, King’s College London, UK

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 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, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany


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 of articles (see https://nsrn.net/bibliography/bibliography-author/).

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