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Dr Anna Strhan



  • BA (Cambridge)
  • MA (Sussex)
  • PhD (Institute of Education, University of London)
  • PhD (Kent)

I joined the University of York in April 2018. My research and teaching interests are in the sociology of religion, in conversation with the sociology of the family, childhood studies, urban sociology, the sociology of the body, and the anthropology of religion and ethics. 

After studying Theology and Religious Studies as an undergraduate and Literature, Philosophy and Religion for my MA, I worked as a secondary schoolteacher before returning to academic study. My first PhD, which I completed in 2010, was primarily philosophical, examining the implications of the work of Emmanuel Levinas for how we think about the relations between subjectivity, ethics and education. This was the subject of my first monograph, Levinas, Subjectivity, Education: Towards an Ethics of Radical Responsibility. After completing my PhD, I decided to move into the sociology of religion and undertook a second PhD, developing my theoretical interests in morality, meaning-making and modernity through an ethnographic study of a large conservative evangelical congregation in London. This project explored how church members negotiated their faith – including their countercultural teachings on gender, sexuality, and other religions – across different urban spaces, and offered insight into the processes through which they learnt to understand themselves as an alienated minority in contemporary British society. My second monograph, Aliens and Strangers? The Struggle for Coherence in the Everyday Lives of Evangelicals, was based on this research and was shortlisted for the BSA/BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award. I took up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Kent in 2012, followed by a lectureship in 2015.

My most recent book, The Figure of the Child in Contemporary Evangelicalism, draws on ethnographic fieldwork exploring evangelicals’ engagements with children across the spaces of home, church, school, and broader political life. I have also recently led a 19-month ethnographic project exploring what it means to be nonreligious for children in the UK. As numbers of the avowedly nonreligious continue to rise in western Europe and North America, particularly amongst younger age cohorts, this research contributes to growing interest in the sociology of nonreligion and the secular through deepening understanding of how children and adults in relation to them negotiate, construct, and reconstruct forms of nonreligion and secularity through everyday practices across school and home life.



My research interests lie within the following key areas:

  • Morality, ethics and values
  • Urban religion
  • Contemporary Christianity/ies
  • Nonreligion and Secularity
  • Religion and Childhood
  • Education and Religion
  • Evangelicalism
  • Religion and Parenting

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in any of these or related areas.


Selected publications


  • Strhan, A. (2019) The Figure of the Child in Contemporary Evangelicalism. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Strhan, A. (2015) Aliens and Strangers? The Struggle for Coherence in the Everyday Lives of Evangelicals. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Strhan, A. (2012) Levinas, Subjectivity, Education: Towards an Ethics of Radical Responsibility. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.

Edited volumes:

  • Garbin, D. and Strhan, A. (eds) (2017) Religion and the Global City. London, Bloomsbury.
  • Strhan, A., Parker, S. G., and Ridgely, S. (eds) (2017) The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood. London, Bloomsbury.
  • Lynch, G., Mitchell, J., and Strhan, A. (eds) (2011) Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader. New York, Routledge.

Journal articles:

  • Strhan, A. and Shillitoe, R. (2019) The Stickiness of Non-Religion? Intergenerational Transmission and the Formation of Non-Religious Identities in Childhood. Sociology Sage Journals
  • Strhan, A. (2017) 'I want there to be no glass ceiling:’ Evangelicals’ Engagements with Class, Education, and Urban Childhoods. Sociological Research Online, 22(1), DOI: 10.5153/sro.4259
  • Strhan, A. (2016) Levinas, Durkheim, and the Everyday Ethics of Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(4): 331-345.
  • Strhan, A. (2013) Christianity and the City: Simmel, Space and Urban Subjectivities. Religion and Society: Advances in Research 4: 125-149.
  • Strhan, A. (2013) The Metropolis and Evangelical Life: Coherence and Fragmentation in the lost city of London. Religion, 43(3): 331-352.
  • Strhan, A. (2013) Practising the Space Between: Embodying Belief as an Evangelical Anglican Student. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28(2): 225-239.
  • Strhan, A. (2012) Latour, Prepositions and the Instauration of Secularism. Political Theology, 13(2): 200-216.
  • Strhan, A. (2010) A Religious Education Otherwise? An examination and proposed interruption of current British practice. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 44(1): 23-44.
  • Strhan, A. (2010) The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St Paul and the question of economic managerialism in education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42(2): 230-250.

Book chapters:

  • Strhan, A. (2017) Conservative Evangelical Listening Practices and the Embodiment of Faith. In L. van Liere, A.M. Korte and B. Becking (eds) Contesting Religious Identities. Leiden, Brill, pp. 240-260.
  • Strhan, A. (2017) Matters of Life and Death. In A. Carroll and R. Norman (eds) Beyond the Divide: Religion and Atheism in Dialogue. London, Routledge, pp. 141-153.
  • Strhan, A. (2016) English Evangelicals and the Claims of Equality. In D. Llewellyn and S. Sharma (eds) Religion, Equalities and Inequalities. Abingdon, Routledge, pp. 163-176.
  • Strhan, A. (2016) Evangelical Anglicans and the Formation of Children in Modern Britain. In A. Day (ed.) Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Farnham, Ashgate, pp. 39-53.
  • Strhan, A. (2015) Negotiating the Public and Private in Everyday Evangelicalism. In T. Hjelm (ed.) Is God Back? Reconsidering the New Visibility of Religion. London, Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 77-89.
  • Strhan, A. (2014) Listening Subjects, Rationality and Modernity. In A. McKinnon and M. Trzebiatowska (eds) Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion. Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 199-220.
  • Strhan, A. (2014) English Evangelicals, Equality and the City. In H. Shipley (ed.) Globalized Religion and Sexuality. Leiden, Brill, pp. 236-255.

Contact details

Dr Anna Strhan
Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 32 3040