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My research is grounded in the sociology of religion and connected by an overarching interest in how the secular and religious interact, particularly in Europe and North America, attentive to power relations and social justice issues in these dynamics.
I'm a Brit in Ohio figuring it out, and delighted to work with graduate students.
Ph.D. Sociology, University of Exeter, 2009, MA. Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, King's College London, 2003, BA. Theology, University of Oxford, 2002
interviews, participant observation, focus groups
Catto, Rebecca, James Riley, Fern Elsdon-Baker, Stephen Jones, and Carola Leicht in press. 'Science, religion, and nonreligion: engaging subdisciplines to move further beyond mythbusting', Acta Sociologica
Catto, Rebecca (2021). 'Glocal Power and the Sociology of Religion: How Robertson’s Theory of Globalization Helps Us to See beyond Secularization'. In Globalization/Glocalization: Developments in Theory and Application, edited by P. Beyer. Leiden: Brill.
Jones, Stephen, Fern Elsdon-Baker, Rebecca Catto, and Tom Kaden (2020). What science means to me: Understanding personal identification with (evolutionary) science using the sociology of (non)religion. Public Understanding of Science.
Catto, Rebecca, Stephen Jones, Tom Kaden, and Fern Elsdon-Baker (2019). Diversification and internationalization in the sociological study of science and religion. Sociology Compass.
Jones, Stephen H., Rebecca Catto, & Tom Kaden (editors). (2019) Science, Belief and Society: International Perspectives on Religion, Non-religion and the Public Understanding of Science. Bristol University Press, Bristol.
Jones, Stephen, Rebecca Catto, Tom Kaden, and Fern Elsdon-Baker (2019). ‘That’s how Muslims are required to view the world’: Race, culture and belief in non-Muslims’ descriptions of Islam and science. The Sociological Review. 67(1): 161-177.
Catto, Rebecca (2020). Science as Secular: Dynamics of Reflection, Tolerance, and Contestation in British and Canadian Scientific Workplaces. In Identity in a Secular Age: Science, Religion, and Public Perceptions edited by F. Elsdon-Baker and B. Lightman
Kaden, Tom, Stephen Jones, Rebecca Catto, and Fern Elsdon-Baker (2017). Knowledge as Explanandum: Disentangling Lay and Professional Perspectives on Science and Religion. Studies in Religion. Online first.
Catto, Rebecca (2017). Islam in Europe and the Amman Message: Overview, Challenges and Potentials. In Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age: Islamic Extremism and Western Islamophobia, edited by M. Hardy, F. Mughal and S. Markiewicz. London: Jessica Kingsley
Eccles, Janet and Rebecca Catto (2017). The significance of sacred secular space in the formation of British atheist identities. In Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred, edited by T. Hutchings and J. McKenzie. London and New York
Davie, Grace, Rebecca Catto, and Linda Woodhead (2016). Secularism and Secularization. In Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, edited by L. Woodhead, C. Partridge, and H. Kawanami. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 551-570.
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham
2022 - 2023 Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow
2014 -2022 Co-Principal Investigator on the £3.4 million "Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum, Global Perspectives" project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.
2020 'How do you know? A podcast exploring the numbers behind our beliefs, and everything in between’, Co-Investigator, $12,0000, Mozilla Foundation
2014 - 2017 Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum, Co-Investigator, £1.9 million, Templeton Religion Trust