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Douglas Davies

I am both an anthropologist and theologian with theoretical and practical interests. After initial study of Anthropology at Durham I engaged in my first research on Mormonism at the Oxford Institute of Social Anthropology under the supervision of the sociologist Bryan Wilson. I then read a theology degree at Durham and shortly afterwards became Lecturer at Nottingham University where I became Professor of Religious Studies before leaving for Durham in 1997. During that period I engaged in further work on Mormonism, as well as in Sikhism and Anglicanism, and in death rites. I also completed my first doctorate there on the issue of meaning and salvation. In Durham, as Professor in the Study of Religion, I teach undergraduate modules on the Introduction to the Study of Religion, and Death, Ritual and Belief, and a module for postgraduates on Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion. Academically speaking, in addition to Bachelors degrees in Anthropology and in Theology from Durham, and a PH.D. from Nottingham University, I hold the degrees of Master and Doctor of Letters from Oxford University and, in 1998, I had the degree of Dr. Theology conferred upon me by Uppsala University in Sweden. Then, in 2009 I was made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), and in 2012 I was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

email: douglas.davies@durham.ac.uk


  • Emotion, Identity, and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity, and Otherness.(2011: Oxford University Press.
  • Joseph Smith, Jesus, and Satanic Opposition: Atonement, Evil, and Mormonism. (Ashgate. 2010)
  • Joseph Smith, Jesus, and Satanic Opposition: Atonement, Evil, and Mormonism. (Ashgate. 2010)

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