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Dr. Katie Gaddini is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Sociology at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) within the Social Research Institute, University College London (UCL). She is also an Affiliate Researcher with the Sarah Parker Remond Centre and a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Sociology. 

In 2021-2022 she holds a Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. She was also awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant in January 2021.

Katie holds master’s degrees from Boston College and the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women are Leaving the Church (forthcoming March 2022) is a book based on five years of in-depth ethnographic research with single evangelical women. Her current research investigates evangelicalism, politics and support for Donald Trump. Other writing on religion, gender, and politics can be found on her website: www.katiegaddini.com

Research Summary

Katie Gaddini's research interests are in the sociology of religion with particular focus on gender, race, politics and nationalism. She is an ethnographer, whose regional focus is the UK and the United States. Previously, she was involved in research on gendered violence in urban India (Mumbai) and South Africa (Johannesburg). Her work is orientated around four main areas:

- Taking a lived religion approach to the study of Christianity, particularly evangelicalism

- The intersections of race, class and gender in the experience of religious belonging 

- Comparative sociological perspectives on nationalism

- Identity theory, and the mutual constitution of racial-religious-national identities 

Teaching Summary
Katie Gaddini leads the following modules:

  • Qualitative Research Methods (Year 2, core module)
  • Sociology of Gender (Year 2, optional module)

She also teaches on other modules in the SRI, including:

  • Introduction to Sociology (Y1)
  • Political Sociology (Y2)
  • Intimacy and Love (Y3)
  • Social Science Seminar (Y3)
  • Social Theory & The Study of Contemporary Social Problems (Master's)
  • Ethnography (Master's)

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