Iliyana Angelova (MSc, DPhil Oxon) is a Departmental Lecturer in the Study of Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religion and a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Theology at St Peter’s College where she is also Director of Studies for Theology. Her doctoral work (2016) explored 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 her DPhil in 2016, Iliyana was awarded a Teach@Tübingen postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen (Germany) where she taught a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Anthropology courses. In 2017 she was awarded a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship by the Irish Research Council, hosted at Maynooth University (Ireland), in order to work on her first monograph, largely based on her doctoral research.
Iliyana is 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. She is particularly interested in exploring these and other related issues with respect to the anthropology of contemporary Christianity, in India and elsewhere in Asia.