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Dr Iliyana Angelova

Stipendiary Lecturer in Theology

I joined St Peter’s College as a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Theology in 2018. I am also a Departmental Lecturer in the Study of Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and an associate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.

I hold BA and MA degrees in Indology (from “St Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University in my native Bulgaria) and MSc and DPhil degrees in Social Anthropology (from the University of Oxford, Wolfson College). Throughout my academic career I have been interested in studying the diversity of socio-cultural life on the Indian subcontinent. My DPhil thesis explores the construction and expression of minority Christian identities in Northeast India, with an ethnographic focus on the Naga ethnic communities from the Indo-Burma borderlands.

After completing my DPhil in 2016, I taught Anthropology at the University of Tübingen, Germany (as part of a Teach@Tübingen postdoctoral fellowship), and I then moved to Maynooth University, Ireland on a one-year Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in order to write my first monograph, largely based on my doctoral research.


At the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford, I will give lectures on Religion and Religions and The Nature of Religion as well as contribute some teaching to the MSt seminars in Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion. I will also tutor in Religion and Religions, The Nature of Religion, Sociology of Religion and Anthropology of Religion for St Peter’s and other colleges.


I am a social anthropologist interested in understanding the diversity of religious experiences and aspirations worldwide, the central role that religion often plays in shaping the dynamics of social life and the ways in which it is frequently used to motivate social and political action. I am particularly interested in exploring these and other related issues with respect to the anthropology of contemporary Christianity, in India and elsewhere in Asia.

Iliyana Angelova

Tel: +44 (0)1865 288526