Committee

​BASR’s executive committee is responsible for the day-day running of the society

Dr Stephen E. Gregg Dr Stephen E. Gregg
President
s.gregg@wlv.ac.uk
Stephen is Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published on method and theory in the Study of Religion, minority religions and on the interaction between Hinduism and Christianity. He spends time away from academia exploring Neolithic archaeology and following Portsmouth Football Club all over the country.
Dr Suzanne Owen Dr Suzanne Owen
Secretary
s.owen@leedstrinity.ac.uk
Suzanne is Reader in Religious Studies at Leeds Trinity University. Her research interests are in indigenous and pagan studies, Newfoundland studies and on the academic study of religion. To revitalise, she walks in the Yorkshire Dales and does creative writing.
Dr Christopher R. Cotter Dr Christopher R. Cotter
Treasurer
basr.treasurer@gmail.com
Chris is Staff Tutor (Lecturer) in Sociology & Religious Studies at The Open University. Specializing in all things “non-religious”, Chris co-founded The Religious Studies Project, enjoys singing and Dungeons & Dragons in his spare time, and maintains a personal website: https://drchriscotter.wordpress.com/
Dr Stefanie Sinclair Dr Stefanie Sinclair
Teaching and Learning Representative
stefanie.sinclair@open.ac.uk
Steffi is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, with special interests in religion and identity as well as creativity and multisensory learning and assessment. She is the founding Director of FASSTEST, a centre supporting innovation and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at the OU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. When she’s not working, she likes spending time with family & friends, going for walks, reading, watching films and swimming.
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Dr Aled Thomas
Web Officer
a.j.l.thomas@leeds.ac.uk

Aled is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds and Associate Lecturer at the Open University. His research interests include fluid forms of contemporary religions, ‘cultic’ discourses, and lived/material religion. Aled is the author of Free Zone Scientology: Contesting the Boundaries of a New Religion (Bloomsbury 2021) and has presented papers on his research at conferences in the UK, Europe, and USA.

Dr Melanie J. Prideaux Dr Melanie J. Prideaux
Committee Member
M.J.Prideaux@leeds.ac.uk 
Mel has two main (but distinct) research interests – inter religious relations in the UK, and students as researchers. She is Director of the Community Religions Project and Pro Dean for Student Education in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds. When not at work Mel volunteers for three organisations and plays netball (badly).
Dr Joseph Webster Dr Joseph Webster
Committee Member
jw557@cam.ac.uk 
Joe is Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion within the Cambridge Divinity Faculty and Fellow in Anthropology at Downing College. A Social Anthropologist by training, Joe’s research focuses on Protestant fundamentalism and millenarianism in Scotland and Northern Ireland, including ethnographic studies of the Exclusive Brethren, the Orange Order, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Joe also advises the Scottish Government on policy issues related to sectarianism and hate crime. Outside of academia, Joe spends most of his time with family.
Dr Theo Wildcroft Dr Theo Wildcroft
Bulletin Editor
tw36@soas.ac.uk 
Theo is a PhD, yoga teacher, trainer, writer and scholar, whose innovative research considers the democratisation of yoga post-lineage, and the evolving practice of teaching yoga for community health. She is the author of ‘Post-lineage Yoga: from guru to #metoo’, an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, and Project Co-ordinator for the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies.