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 since 2015 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 a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life (CRPL) and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS). Nationwide, I serve as a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. 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 serve as editor of the journal Religion and Gender and as member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Administrative roles 

Within the School of PRHS I am currently director of the MA programmes in theology and religious studies as well as postgraduate research tutor for theology and religious studies. I further serve as director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.

Social media

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