I am a historian of religion and popular culture and a freelance writer. I gained my PhD from the University of Liverpool in early 2011 – my thesis looked at the role of images in the cult of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in early twentieth-century France.
My interests include popular religion and sainthood, particularly in modern France and Poland. I also have an interest in fan cults and pilgrimage, in both the sacred and secular contexts of Catholicism and popular music. I write on history, religion and culture at the Guardian and elsewhere.