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.

Managing Editors


Cory Steele

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

Cory is a doctoral candidate 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.


Lauren Strumos

Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
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Lauren is responsible for the commissioning of blog posts relating to environment and law.

Lauren is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Drawing on theories of environmental and ecological justice, her research explores how religious and nonreligious settler activists conceptualize their opposition to an oil pipeline project in British Columbia. Lauren is the Student Representative of the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, and the former Student Caucus Leader for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project.

Assistant  Editors


Guadalupe Allione Riba

Sociology, University of Córdoba – CONICET, Argentina

Guadalupe is a sociologist and a PhD student in Social Studies of Latin America at the University of Córdoba. She was granted adoctoral scholarship by Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET).

Her doctoral research engages conservative activism’s discourse – religious and nonreligious – against the expansion of sexual and (non)reproductive rights in Argentina. 


Sharday Mosurinjohn

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

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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.


Katja Strehle

Sociology, Western Sydney University, Australia

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

Katja is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science at Western Sydney University. She completed her Magister (Master equivalent) degree in Contemporary History, Political Science and Anthropology of the Americas at the Free University Berlin, Germany. Her PhD research is on Gender and Inclusion in Non-Religious groups in Australia. Using qualitative data collection, she investigates the lived experiences of women in atheist and humanist groups.

Katja is interested in learning about how gender relations within the groups are perceived by atheist and/or humanist women and how they negotiate their role. Additionally, she looks into diversity in the non-religious community in Australia.

She previously published on the Atheist Bus Campaign in New Zealand.


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)
  • Nathan Alexander (History, University of St. Andrews, UK)
  • Ryszard Bobrowicz (Center for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Sweden)
  • Ernils Larsson (Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Scott Midson (Theology, University of Manchester, UK)
  • Jesper Petersen (Religious Studies and Teacher Education, NTNU, Norway)
  • Timothy Stacey (Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
  • Suvi Karila (Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland)
  • Joanna Malone (University of Kent, UK)
  • Stefania Palmisano (University of Turin, Italy and Lancaster University, UK)
  • Laurie Petty (University of Kansas, US)

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