Katherine Brown


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I am happy to supervise post-doctoral students on topics of religiously inspired political violence, gender in Islamic political movements and the politics of jihad.


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My research looks at Resistance, Gender and Political Islam, and is concerned with the re-theorising and ‘gendering’ of religious resistance and politics. The focus also offers a critical gendered examination of the securitisation of religion in a post 9/11 world. I am currently writing up a monograph examining anti-radicalisation measures worldwide, and their gender features and impacts. My work is therefore also involved with anti-extremist movements and the discourses on human rights that often frame their engagement with the public sphere.

A secondary research project looks at the role of humour, laughter and sexuality in understandings of religion and public responses to political violence. This is particularly concerned with how satire, public comedians and everyday ‘humour’ shape understanding of religion and security.



I am delighted to have joined Birmingham University’s Department of Theology and Religion in January 2016. Before then, I was a lecturer at King’s College London. I took up that post in 2008 after teaching at the Open University and the University of Southampton.  I completed my PhD in 2005 on the comparative politics of the Islamisation of Muslim women’s rights in the UK, Malaysia and Egypt.

More details can be found on my LinkedIn page: uk.linkedin.com/in/KatherineEBrown

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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