In July 2013 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Before coming to Kent, I worked in the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University and prior to that at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.
I was educated at Cambridge University, the LSE and Keele University, where I took a PhD in criminology.
I am currently working in the area of the sociology of religion and have recently completed an ESRC-funded study of ex-Muslims in Britain and Canada.
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NZ
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Apostasy; deviance; political violence and terrorism; war.
The Apostates (September 2011-June 2013)
I have recently completely an ESRC-funded study of Islamic apostasy (RES-000-22-4308).
This study explores the phenomenon of Muslim apostasy from the perspective of self-described Muslim apostates. Drawing on life-history interviews with a group of ex-Muslims in Britain and Canada, it provides a detailed qualitative account of what it means and what it is like for apostates to disaffiliate from Islam. The main focus of the study is on the leaving-process and its ramifications as they are experienced and understood by apostates themselves.
I welcome research proposals from anyone interested in studying religious defection, deviance, political violence, terrorism or war. Two of my current Phd students are from Saudi Arabia and are exploring counter-terrorism initiatives in that country. I am particularly interested in oversees students who can bring a global perspective to their work.
I currently convene a third year undergraduate module called War, Atrocity and Genocide.
I also contribute to a first year module - Crime, Culture, and Control, and a second year module - Criminal Justice in Modern Britain.
In addition to this, I will be teaching this year on the master’s level module Criminological Theory.
- Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
- Member of the Association for the Sociology of Religion
I am also a member of the following:
- Editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
- ESRC College
- Board of Advisors of the Center for the Study of Terrorism in Rome, Italy