I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department at Kent State University, Ohio, USA. Directly before this I was a research fellow in Newman University’s Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society. Until the end of 2015 I was a Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, which I joined March 2013. Between 2009 and 2013, I was Research Associate on the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme based at Lancaster University. Prior to this I worked as an Assistant Research Officer at the LSE-based charity Inform, which provides data on new religious movements, and Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster. I completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Exeter in 2008, which was the first empirical academic study of the phenomenon of 'reverse mission', having studied for an MA in the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at King's College London and BA in Theology at Oxford University.