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Dr Lois Lee

Research Associate

Lois Lee


Lois Lee is Research Associate with the ERC-funded Religion and Political Theory research project at the School of Public Policy, UCL.

Her research focuses on different understandings of ‘religion’s other’, as ‘nonreligious’, ‘atheist’, ‘secular’, ‘secularist’ and/or ‘liberal’; and on the nature of intellectual culture in modernity more generally. Lois is currently conducting empirical research into the extent to which religious, alternatively spiritual and nonreligious positions and cultures differ from one another and the nature of this difference, as well as a critical review of political and legal accounts of ‘religion’s other’.

Lois is founding director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN), editor of Secularism and Nonreligion, features editor of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and editor of the new book series, Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (RIO), published by De Gruyter.


Previously, Lois was associate lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent and Blackham Fellow for 2011-2012. She has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths College, London and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, and was research assistant on the State Management of Religion in Europe (University of Cambridge) and the Distributed Working (Cambridge-MIT Institute) project.

She has a PhD and MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from the University of Leeds. Her PhD was funded by the ESRC.


Edited Volumes
  • Forthcoming. Negotiating Religion. Ashgate. With François Guesnet, Cécile Laborde.
  • Forthcoming, 2014. Making sense of surveys and censuses: Issues in religious self-identification. Religion, special issue. With Abby Day.
  • 2013. Nonreligion and Secularity. London: Routledge. With Elisabeth Arweck and Stephen Bullivant.
  • 2012. Nonreligion and secularity: New empirical perspectives. Journal of Contemporary Religion, special issue. With Stephen Bullivant.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 2012. Talking About a Revolution: Terminology for the New Field of Nonreligion Studies. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 27 (1): 129-139.
  • 2011. Education, education, education: British Higher Education and the attempt to Quantify Quality (Published in Burgarian as ‘Образование, образование, образование - Три идеи за качеството на висшето образование в Англия и Уелс’, translated by Elitza Stanoeva). Critique and Humanism, 36: 205-226. With Carrie Heitmeyer.
Book Chapters
  • Forthcoming. Vehicles of New Atheism: The Atheist Bus Campaign, Nonreligious Representations and Material Culture. In New Atheism’s Legacy: Critical Perspectives from Philosophy and the Social Sciences, edited by Christopher Cotter and Philip Quadrio. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • 2013. Western Europe. In The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, edited by Michael Ruse and Stephen Bullivant. Oxford: OUP. 586-600.
  • 2013. Introduction: Interdisciplinary Studies of Nonreligion and Secularity: The State of the Union. In Secularity and Non-Religion. London: Routledge. With Stephen Bullivant.
  • 2013. Introduction: Resuming a Sociology of Irreligion. In Toward a Sociology of Irreligion, by Colin Campbell. Alcuin Academics.
  • 2013. Irreligion: A Contemporary Bibliography. In Toward a Sociology of Irreligion, by Colin Campbell. Alcuin Academics.
  • 2012. Locating Nonreligion, in Mind, Body and Space: New Research Methods for a New Field. Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, 3. Leiden: BRILL: 135-158.
Shorter pieces
  • 2013. Making Sense of the Census. The Socrel Response Report, British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group. With Abby Day. Available at
  • 2010. The Big Idea: Where Do Atheists Come From? New Scientist, 3 March 2010. With Stephen Bullivant.
  • Contributions to the Guardian, available here.
Selected works in progress
  • Nonreligion, Secularity and Society (Monograph)
  • ‘Secular or nonreligious? Investigating and interpreting generic ‘not religious’ categories and populations.’
  • ‘Ambivalent Atheist Identities: Understanding Nonreligious Culture in Contemporary Britain.’
  • ‘Conceiving the Secular Body’

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