Dr Stephen Pihlaja

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Stephen is the author of several books on language and religion including Antagonism on YouTube (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Religious Talk Online (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His newest book, Talk about Faith, focuses on the public discussion of religious faith on social media, podcasts, and in debates about religion. He’s co-authored a book called Cognitive Linguistics and Religious Language: an Introduction, with colleagues in Japan which provides a primer for working on religious language from a cognitive perspective.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (2014), University of Nottingham; Nottingham, UK
  • Doctor of Philosophy (2012), The Open University; Milton Keynes, UK
  • Master of Research Methods (Education) (2009), The Open University; Milton Keynes, UK
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (2007), University of Birmingham; Birmingham, UK
  • Bachelor of Arts (2003), Knox College; Galesburg, IL, USA