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Research Students

For a list of past students since 2008 please see PhDs Awarded

Shumaila Ahmed (2016)
  • Research Title: Between “Islamic Piety” And “Britishness”: Ethical Self-Making
  • Among Devout British Muslim Women
  • Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw
Clarissa Baerenfaenger (2017)
  • Research Title: Christianity, Gendered Imaginaries and Changing Ni-Vanatu Notions of Personhood
  • Supervisor: Professor Joel Robbins
Matteo Benussi (2013)
Research Title: A New Continent: Islam, Class, and Halal Form-of-Life in Post-Atheist Tatarstan.
  • Supervisor: Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey
Amy Binning (2014)
  • Research Title: The Practice of Printing: Sacred Tibetan Texts, Transnational Activism, and the Imagining of Tibet in California's Nyingma Buddhism
  • Supervisor: Dr Hildegard Diemberger
Mikkel Kenni Bruun (2015)
  • Research Title: Scientific Persuasions: as ethnography of evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Supervisor: Dr Maryon McDonald
Kasia Buzanska (2017)
  • Research Title: Language, Identity and Plurinationalism in the Schooling Environment of Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Supervisor: Dr Sian Lazar
Danny Cardoza (2017)
  • Research Title: Monologic technologies among Jehovah's Witnesses: Working out sameness in Satan's system of things
  • Supervisor: Professor Joel Robbins
Thandeka Cochrane (2015)
  • Research Title: Telling Tales: Struggles of power, discourse and epistemology in southern Africa
  • Supervisor: Prof Harri Englund
Juliet Davies-Horn
  • Supervisor: Dr Maryon McDonald
Norma Deseke (2014)
  • Research Title: Practices of Innovation & Ethics at the Intersection of Art, Science and Technology in Barcelona.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Matei Candea
Joe Ellis (2013)
Research Title: An Exemplary Cosmology: (De)Contextualisations, Moral Horizons and the Structure of Freedom in Mongolia
  • Supervisor: Professor Caroline Humphrey
Sam Farrell (2017)
  • Research Title: Democracy, Morality and Imagination: the Importance of Elections in a Chewa Village in Rural Malawi
  • Supervisor: Professor Harri Englund
Priscilla Garcia (2015)
  • Research Title: Faithful Citizens: Pentecostal Politics, Cultural Change and Morality in Brazil
  • Supervisor: Prof Joel Robbins
David Ginsborg (2015)
  • Research Title: We don’t know what we’re saying: Irony, community, and resistance politics among the ultras of CS Lebowski football club in Florence, Italy
  • Supervisor: Dr Matei Candea
Logan Green (2016)
  • Research Title: "Global Climate Change and Christian Theology in Kiribati"
  • Supervisor: Professor Joel Robbins
Victoria Hall (2016)
  • Research Title: Imaginal Selves and Animal Narratives: The Complexities of Personhood in Rajasthan
  • Supervisor: Dr Francoise Barbira-Freedman
Dominik Hoehn (2016)
  • Research Title: The science of cities: an ethnography of evidence-based approaches to urban design, the politics of data and scientific thinking in Scandinavia
  • Supervisor: Dr Maryon McDonald
Sophia Marie Hornbacher-Schönleber (2016)
  • Research Title: Education and Values among Young Muslim Intellectuals in Java
  • Supervisor: Dr. Paolo Heywood
Anthony Howarth (2012)
Research Title: Recalling the Invisible: Nomads Land, or a Right to he City? Nomadic perceptions of place and space in the case of Romany Gypsies in North East London, examined through a focus on what are known as ‘stopping places’.
  • Supervisor: Dr Hildegard Diemberger
Corinna Howland (2014)
  • Research Title: Miracle grain: Indigeneity and the globalisation of quinoa from the Bolivian Altiplano
  • Supervisor: Dr Sian Lazar

Rosalie Jones-Jennings (2014)
Research Title: Empathy and Knowledge in British Horsemanship
  • Supervisor: Dr Matei Candea
Cara Kerven (2012)
  • Research Title: The State, Power and pastoral populations in Central Asia.
  • Supervisor: Dr David Sneath

Nicholas Lackenby (2015)
  • Research Title: Time, History and Divinity amongst Serbian Orthodox Christians
  • Supervisor: Prof Joel Robbins
Camille Lardy (2015)
  • Research Title: 'Not Letting Go': Christian Engagements in French Secular Politics and Activism
  • Supervisor: Dr Matei Candea
Johannes Lenhard (2013)
  • Research Title: How do people who beg in Paris cope?
  • Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw
Shuai Li (2013)
  • Research Title: Great Leap Backward: An Ethnographic Inquiry into China’s Heritage Fever
  • Supervisor: Dr Uradyn E Bulag
Peter Lockwood (2015)
  • Research Title: African Intellectuals on the Workshop Floor: An ethnography of non-elite political thought in central Kenya
  • Supervisor: Prof Harri Englund
Michael Long (2015)
  • Research Title: Environment and Historical Memory: A Case Study of Hoboksar Mongolian Autonomous County of Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China
  • Supervisor: Dr David Sneath
Zuzanna Marciniak (2015)
  • Research Title: "Good Migration": Navigating Catholic and State Visions for Migrants in Singapore
  • Supervisor: Prof Susan Bayly
Ori Mautner (2016)
  • Research Title: Self-Cultivation and Political Engagement among Israeli Jews
  • Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw
Malcolm McLean (2016)
  • Research Title: Slaves to Righteousness: How do British conservative Evangelicals produce and practice their ethics?
  • Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw
Julia Modern (2014)
Research Title: The disability rights movement in Bunyoro, Uganda: human rights, value, and negotiations of belonging
  • Supervisor: Professor Harri Englund
Heidi Mogstad (2017)
  • Research Title: Affective interventions: volunteer humanitarianism in response to the 'refugee crisis'
  • Supervisor: Professor Harri Englund
Claire Moll (2017)
  • Research Title: Political Pentecostals: the Salvadoranization of Christianity and its implications on the economic development of El Salvador
  • Supervisor: Professor Joel Robbins
Edward Moon-Little (2017)
  • Research Title: The Metaphysics of Pakhangba: Kingship and ritual in Manipur
  • Supervisor: Dr Mark Elliott
Natalie Camille Morningstar (2015)
  • Research Title: Fantasy, Crisis, and Speculation 'Under Neoliberalism': The Collapse of Representationalist Meaning in Situationist Art and Politics (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Supervisor: Prof Harri Englund
Jacinta Victoria S Muinde (2013)
  • Research Title: Woman-Household Headship, Cash Transfers and Matrilineal Relations in the Kenya South Coast
  • Supervisor: Professor Henrietta Moore

Angel Naydenov (2017)
  • Research Title: Time and Sociality: Work, Celebration, and Death in a Chinese Village
  • Supervisor:
Patrick O'Hare (2012)
  • Research Title: Classifying Clasificadores: Governing Waste and its Workers in Post-Neoliberal Uruguay.
  • Supervisor: Dr Sian Lazar

Falk Parra Witte (2011)
  • Research Title: The Reality behind Ecology: Kogi Ontological Knowledge
  • Supervisor: Dr Françoise Barbira-Freedman
Alice Pearson
  • Supervisor: Dr Andrew Sanchez
Tom Powell Davies (2015)
  • Research Title: Of wood and flesh: human/tree relations in Asmat carving and cosmology
  • Supervisor: Dr Rupert Stasch
Yi Qiao (2015)
  • Research Title: Historicity, Ethics and Change in a Chinese City
  • Supervisor: Prof Joel Robbins
Lucia Rojas Rodriguez (2016)
  • Research Title: From the hacienda to the uprising: community, memory and historical narrative among indigenous leaders in Simiatug - Ecuador
  • Supervisor: Sian Lazar
Emmanuelle Roth (2016)
  • Research Title: After/before an Ebola outbreak: waiting for a new epidemic 'emergence' in Forest Guinea
  • Supervisor: Dr Maryon McDonald
Giulia Sciolli (2017)
  • Research Title: Between ‘Force’ and ‘Choice’, ‘Involvement’ and ‘Detachment’: Striving for Good Care in Eating Disorders Treatment
  • Supervisor: Dr Maryon McDonald
Julian Sommerschuh (2015)
  • Research Title: Changing Notions of the Good - Christianity and the State in the Transformation of a South Ethiopian Society
  • Supervisor: Prof Joel Robbins
Zoia Tarasova (2016)
  • Research Title: Adoption, new reproductive technologies and animals: kinship transformations among the Sakha (Yakut) of northeastern Siberia
  • Supervisor: Dr Piers Vitebsky
Alexander Taylor (2014)
  • Research Title: Future-proofing the Digital World: The Data Centre Industry and the Developing Threats of Electromagnetic Pulse and Space Weather
  • Supervisor: Dr Christos Lynteris
Jordan Thomas (2017)
  • Research Title: Silencing Forests: The Political Ecology of Biocultural Survival
  • Supervisor: Dr Francoise Barbira-Freedman
Laura Tradii (2017)
  • Research Title: From the Battlefield to the Memorial: Soldiers’ bodies and commemoration in contemporary Germany
  • Supervisor: Dr Paola Filippucci
Lee-Shan Tse (2017)
  • Research Title: Othering, identity and home-space: experiencing diasporic community in the global gateway of Hong Kong
  • Supervisor: Professor Susan Bayly
Sofia Ugarte (2015)
  • Research Title: Haitian women and the problem of labour migration in Santiago, Chile
  • Supervisor: Dr Sian Lazar
Elizabeth Ann Walsh (2016)
  • Research Title: Constructing a Public Iñupiat Identity in Barrow, Alaska
  • Supervisor: Dr Anita Herle
Hugh Williamson (2013)
  • Research Title: Between Nature and Politics: Agriculture & Sociality in the Saxon Villages of Transylvania, Romania
  • Supervisor: Dr Matei Candea

Frederick Wojnarowski (2016)
  • Research Title - Settling the desert: narratives of nomadic pacification and sedenterisation in the inter-war Arab world.
  • Supervisor - Dr David Sneath
Anna Wood (2015)
  • Research Title: Dependence and Freedom: an ethnography of family grant beneficiaries in urban Senegal
  • Supervisor: Prof Harri Englund
Christina Woolner (2014)
Research Title: ‘It’s about love, of course! We don’t sing about war anymore': Love songs, persons and publics in post-war Somaliland
  • Supervisor: Profesor Harri Englund
Liangliang Zhang (2017)
  • Research Title: Self-Cultivation and Nationalist Spiritual Revival in the PRC: The Resurgence of Popular Daoism and the Quest for 'Quality' Chinese Citizens
  • Supervisor: Professor James Laidlaw
Ruiyi Zhu (2017)
  • Research Title: Earning Money and Losing Face: Exploring Subjectivity of Chinese Miners in Mongolia
  • Supervisor: Dr Uradyn Bulag