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Professor Andrew Dawson

Professor of Modern Religion

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592418

Office Hours:

Tutorial appointments arranged via email. I'm in B31 County South College.

Research overview

Ever since A-level studies in Sociology and Religion I've been fascinated by the interface of religion and modern society. Originally explored through the academic study of Christianity in South America, I now also engage this interface through the discourse and practice of minority religions and nonmainstream religiosity across the global-modern world.

PhD supervision

I'm open to supervising research students in the following areas: religion and modern society, sociology of religion, new and nonmainstream religiosity and contemporary Christianity.


DPhil, Oxford University, UK.

MA Social Science (Distinction), University of Liverpool, UK.

STM (First in year), Chicago Theological Seminary, USA.

BA Hons Theology & Religious Studies (First Class), University of Manchester, UK.



Research Interests

My academic curiosity is driven in large part by the transformative nature of globalising modernity and its impact on religion and society in its institutional, associational and subjective aspects. In addition to a number of smaller projects, I'm working on a larger long-term project concerned with cosmopolitan nationalism.


University Responsibilities

I am Lancaster University Academic Lead for the AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) and Director of the FASS Research Training Programme (RTP).

Extra-University Responsibilities

I am a member of the Strategic College of the AHRC, Peer Review Pool of the British Council and the Outer Review Board of the IRC.

I sit on the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary Religion and Ciências da Religião - História e Sociedade.

External Research Funding

AHRC International Research Network (2014-16)

AHRC Research Fellowship (2011-12)

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2008-10)

British Academy Research Grant (2007-08)

AHRC Research Leave Award (2006-07)

Current Projects

Cosmopolitan nationalism. Dynamic diversity.

Current Teaching

FASS510: Qualitative Research Methods

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