NSRN Online Team

The NSRN Online team are responsible for everything that appears on this website and the NSRN Blog. Each member of the team is at various stages of their research, and all have distinct roles within NSRN Online. For information on those involved in the day-to-day running and overall vision of the NSRN as a whole, please see the NSRN Advisory Board page.

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


Suvi Karila

Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland

Suvi began as the Managing Editor of NSRN Online at the beginning of 2016. She maintains the NSRN website.

Suvi is a PhD candidate of cultural history at the University of Turku, Finland. She is working on a dissertation unraveling “lived nonreligion” of unbeliever women in the nineteenth-century United States. For more information about Suvi and her research, see her homepage.

Joanna Malone

Religious Studies, University of Kent, UK
Joanna Malone website photo

Joanna is a Deputy Editor of NSRN Online and, together with Jacqui Frost, co-edits the NSRN blog. Joanna is also responsible for the commissioning and publication of NSRN blog posts.

Joanna is currently working towards her PhD in Religious Studies in the University of Kent, as part of the Understanding Unbelief Programme (for more information please visit the programme’s website). Joanna’s PhD research will qualitatively explore the experiences, understandings and significance of non-religion for older adults living in the UK and how this manifests itself in everyday life. The research will examine the nature of older adults’ non-religious identity, working with older adults from a range of different ethnic and social backgrounds, and who do not participate in a non-religious organisation in the UK.

Cory Steele

Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Cory is responsible for the commissioning of blog posts relating to law, theory, and culture in Canada and the U.S.

Cory is a PhD student in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His research explores the intersection of nonreligion, religion, and law. His doctoral thesis seeks to examine the ways in which nonreligion is conceptualized in the legal discourse about various social issues such as physician-assisted dying. Cory is also interested in (non)religious diversity and questions pertaining to the freedom of (and from) religion.

Assistant  Editors

Nathan Alexander

History, University of St. Andrews, UK

Nathan provides editorial support for the NSRN blog on research-related posts with an historical theme.

Nathan is a historian of atheism, race, and racism. He is the author of Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization in Britain and the United States, 1850-1914 (NYU Press and Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2019). He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany.

Ryszard Bobrowicz

Center for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Sweden


Ryszard is responsible for the commissioning of NSRN blog posts relating to nonreligion, policy-making and the law.

With a background in law, philosophy and religion, Ryszard is currently pursuing a PhD in Practical Theology at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. His research focuses on the role that religion and non-religion play in the public sphere in Sweden and Denmark. He also studies the theoretical assumptions, such as secularism, multiculturalism or liberalism, that stand behind the legislation and policies guiding the state in the approach to belief and unbelief. He is also interested in the notions of public theology and conditions of possibility for true freedom of religion or belief.

Ernils Larsson

Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ernils is responsible for the commissioning and publication of NSRN blog.


Ernils is a PhD candidate in the history of religions at Uppsala University in Sweden. He holds BA and MA degrees in the history of religions from Uppsala University, as well as an MA degree in international relations from Waseda University in Tokyo. In his dissertation research he studies how the concept of “religion” is negotiated in Japanese postwar court rulings. He is also interested in contemporary Japanese politics, in particular issues related to Shinto lobby groups and constitutional reform.

Scott Midson

Theology, University of Manchester, UK

Scott is responsible for the commissioning of NSRN blog posts relating to the relationship between religion and nonreligion.

Scott has recently completed doctoral studies at the University of Manchester. His thesis explored the notion of the ‘cyborg’ and the challenges that it poses to understandings of humans, assessed through theological anthropology. This investigation reflects his wider interests in theology and posthumanism, which spans to cover questions about popular culture, technology, religion, and secularity.

Sharday Mosurinjohn

School of Religion, Queen’s University, Kingston (ON), Canada

Sharday is responsible for the commissioning of blog posts relating to North America.

Sharday (BA [Art History, Sociocultural Anthropology], University of Western Ontario; MA, PhD [Cultural Studies], Queen’s University) is Assistant Professor (Contemporary Religious Context) at the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. She studies the discursive construction of spirituality and religion as well as concepts of nonreligion and secularity. Specific interests include the study of “new religious movements” [NRMs], ritual, and religion and/as media. Her major line of research continues to be about the relationship between boredom and spirituality – the modern concept of boredom as a spiritual crisis, and whether boredom motivates religious or spiritual seeking, switching, and leaving.

Zach Munro

Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada

Zach Munro Photo

Zach is responsible for the commissioning of blog posts on the topics of secularization, addiction, and affect, and for covering upcoming events in Canada

Zach is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is currently writing his dissertation on the Secular AA movement within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), specifically looking at how the nonreligious engage in modes of translation when navigating the theistic-spirituality of the Twelve-Step model. Further, he looks at how secularity comes to structure the existential and ethical engagements of Twelve-Step participation and how these contextualize within personal understandings of addiction and recovery.

Stefania Palmisano

University of Turin, Italy and Lancaster 
University, UK

Stefania provides editorial support and review editing services for the NSRN blog.

Stefania Palmisano is Lecturer in the Sociology of Organization at the University of Turin, Italy, where she teaches the Sociology of Religious Organizations. She is Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in Lancaster University (UK). She also has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology in Boston University (USA). At the moment she is doing research on new monasticism and its relationship with monastic tradition. She is also editing a book in Italian on the study of relations between religion and economics. Recent publications include: Ambiguous Legitimation: Grassroots Roman Catholic Communities in Italy and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies (Temenos. Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion); New Monastic Organizations. Innovation, Recognition, Legitimation (Journal for the Study of New Religions); Catholicism and Spirituality in Italy, (Journal of Contemporary Religion).

Jesper Petersen

Religious Studies and Teacher Education, NTNU, Norway

Jesper is responsible for maintaining the NSRN’s dynamic directory of Resources for teachers and students of Nonreligion and Secularity. If you are aware of any omissions please do get in touch.

In 2011, Jesper defended his PhD thesis on modern Satanism entitled Between Darwin and the Devil: Modern Satanism as Discourse, Milieu, and Self, putting a provisional end to years of studying religious and nonreligious Satanists. He is currently an associate professor at the Programme for Teacher Education, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, concentrating on social science and religious studies related to education, non-religion and alternative currents. He has published extensively on Satanism and controversial religions, but his research interests include religion and science, nonreligion and secularity, religion and popular culture, and the interface between education, methodology and theory. For a list of publications, see Christin; for contact, see academia.edu.

Laurie Petty

Sociology, University of Kansas, US

Laurie is responsible for the commissioning and publication of NSRN blog.

Laurie is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Kansas in the US.  (BA and BS from the University of Missouri; MA from the University of California, Los Angeles). Her doctoral research explores the experiences of atheist parents in the US and England, reflecting on differences in national context for parenting practices and perceptions regarding nonreligion.  This project reflects Laurie’s wider interests in inequality and in exploring the experiences of those in socially marginalized positions. 

Timothy Stacey

Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Tim is responsible for the commissioning of blog posts relating to social policy in the North Atlantic West and social theories.

Dr Timothy Stacey is a graduate of and Research Assistant at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. Against a backdrop of a perceived decline of solidarity in secular modernity, especially in the North-Atlantic West, Tim’s doctoral thesis explored the sources of solidarity in religiously plural spaces. The thesis combined a genealogical exploration of constructions of solidarity in theology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and social policy, with an ethnographic study of groups seeking to develop solidarity in London. Tim is interested in research into and visions of solidarity that defy binaries such as religious/secular, embodied communitarian/cartesian individualist, and socialist/capitalist. His aim is to undertake research that strengthens solidarity by connecting with policy makers and activists.

Lauren Strumos

Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Lauren is responsible for the commissioning of blog posts relating to environment and law.

Lauren is a PhD student in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on religious, nonreligious, and Indigenous environmental activism in Canada.  Using a lived (non)religion approach, her dissertation explores how individuals conceptualize the importance of protesting against an oil pipeline expansion project, and what creates foundations for cooperative environmental activism. Lauren’s other interests include theories of environmental and ecological justice and human-nonhuman animal relations.

Former Team Members

We are very grateful for the service of our former team members:

  • Katie Aston (Anthropology, University of London, UK)
  • Anna Hennessey (Philosophy, California State University, Fresno, USA)
  • Bethany Tamara Heywood (Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK)
  • Lorna Mumford (Anthropology, University College London, UK)
  • Amanda Schutz (Sociology, University of Arizona, USA)
  • Per Smith (Religious Studies, Boston University, USA)
  • Katie Sissons (Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK)
  • Yutaka Osakabe (Divinity, University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Evelina Lundmark (Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Galen Watts (Cultural Studies, Queens University, Canada)
  • Fernande Pool (Anthropology, London School of Economics and Politics, UK)
  • Ron Dart (Political Science, University of Fraser Valley, Canada)
  • Janet Eccles (Independent Researcher, UK)
  • Jonathan Jong (Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK)
  • Emilio Di Somma (Divinity, University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Josh Bullock (Sociology, Kingston University, UK)
  • Jacqui Frost (Sociology, University of Minnesota, USA)

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