Dr Adriaan van Klinken

Dr Adriaan van Klinken

Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies

+44 (0)113 34 33646

Summary: Broadly interested in the social, public and political roles of religion in African societies. The focus of my research is on issues of gender and sexuality in contemporary African Christianities.

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.