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


Welcome to my university web page which gives you information about my academic work. My teaching and research focuses on religion in contemporary Africa, specifically in relation to issues of gender and sexuality, but also in relation to politics and public life more generally. 

I joined the University of Leeds in 2013, 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 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 currently serve as Director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life as well as of the Centre for African Studies. 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 Religion as well as of the open book review website of the American Academy of ReligionReading Religion.

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.