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Dr Sitna Quiroz Uria

Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion

Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion in the Department of Theology and Religion+44 (0) 191 33 43965
Fellow of the Institute for Medical Humanities


I am a social anthropologist who specialises in the social Study of Religion. I studied Ethnohistory at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico. I then completed an MSc in Anthropology and Development and a PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

My research to date has broadly focused on studying Christianity in postcolonial contexts. I have done long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the Republic of Benin, where I focused on Pentecostalism, and in the Huasteca region of Mexico, where I studied an Indigenous (Nahua) Catholic prophetic and millenarian movement. 

My current research interests involve the study of postcolonial religious entanglements in secularised contexts. I am interested in studying how non-Western spiritual traditions (mainly African and Indigenous American) have been reimagined and incorporated into the global mental health and well-being industry. In doing so, practitioners and clients are reconceptualising notions of personhood and the relationship between body and mind in therapeutic approaches that seek to address the inter-generational transmission of trauma. 

I am interested in decolonial research methodologies and approaches to the Study of Religion. I am also keen on promoting the decolonisation of our curriculum in the Department of Theology and Religion. As a Mexican-born scholar, I am interested in establishing collaborative relationships with scholars who critically examine the historical and ongoing trans-Atlantic connections and entanglements between Europe, Africa, and Latin America and the long-term impacts of colonialism. 

I convene and teach modules on the Study of Religion in Latin America and Africa, the Anthropology of Christianity, religion and gender, and ethnographic methods. I have also co-convened and taught a module on the Anthropology of Islam and have collaborated in teaching and supervising PhD students in the Department of Anthropology. 

I welcome PhD applications for supervision on projects that involve the ethnographic study of contemporary religious phenomena with theoretical perspectives in the anthropology and sociology of religion. 

Research interests

  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Decolonial perspectives in the Study of Religion
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Fieldwork: Benin Republic; Mexico
  • Christianity
  • Pentecostalism
  • Gender
  • Kinship
  • Post-colonial religious entanglements
  • Secularism


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