Dr Adriaan van Klinken

Dr Adriaan van Klinken

Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies

+44 (0)113 34 33646

Summary: Religion and public life in contemporary Africa; religion, gender and sexuality in Africa; contemporary African Christianities and theologies

Location: Hopewell House


In 2013 I joined the Theology and Religious Studies team at Leeds, initially as Lecturer in African Christianity, and currently as Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies. Previously I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a research and teaching fellow at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. I received my PhD in Religious Studies from Utrecht University in 2011. 

At Leeds I am an associate member of the Centre of Religion and Public Life (CRPL) and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS). 

Internationally I am actively involved in the American Academy of Religion (AAR), where I am currently co-chair of the African Religions Group, and in the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR). Furthermore, I am the managing editor of the journal Religion and Gender and serve as member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

In 2016 I am on research leave, among other things doing fieldwork in Kenya and enjoying a research fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Administrative roles 

Within the School of PRHS I am currently Director of the UG programme Religion, Politics and Society as well as of the joint honours programmes of PRHS with Sociology and/or POLIS. I am also currently acting Director of the Taught Postgraduate programmes in Theology and Religious Studies. 

Social media

I like to get my work on out there, hence I have a personal website, a page on Academia.edu and an account on Twitter. See also my ORCID page.