Suzanne Owen

Dr Suzanne Owen


Phone: +44 (0)113 283 7100 ext.678
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

  • Master of Science, University of Edinburgh

  • PGCE, Bath Spa University

  • Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

  • University of Leeds Teaching Award - 2,


Suzanne Owen received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2007, where she also received her undergraduate MA (mainly specialising in South Asian religion and philosophy). She also completed a PGCE in Religious Education at Bath Spa. For her PhD, she studied the significance of protocols in the sharing of Native American ceremonies, which included fieldwork among Mi'kmaq in Newfoundland, and debates on non-native ‘appropriations’. She continues to research issues of indigeneity in Newfoundland and, in addition, contemporary forms of British Druidry.

She was Co-Chair of the Indigenous Religious Traditions Group at the American Academy of Religion (2009-2015) and has been the Coordinating Editor of the Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (formerly Diskus), since 2012.

Research interests

Indigeneity and the category ‘indigenous religion’; contemporary Native North American and First Nations traditions; representation and memory of the Beothuk in Newfoundland; contemporary paganism and shamanism; appropriation and inculturation; religious/cultural boundaries; methodological and theoretical issues in the study of religion, including the ‘insider/outsider problem’ and 'religion' and related categories ('spirituality' and 'sacred') as social formations.

Teaching and Administration

World Religions: Texts and Traditions (TRS4522)

Method and Theory in the Study of Religions (TRS4802)

Rituals, Rites and Religious Quests (TRS5472)

Sociology and Anthropology of Religion (TRS5912)

Religions in Leeds Bradford (TRS6922)

Religions: Cultures and Complexities (TRS6802)

Admissions Tutor for Theology and Religious Studies
TRS Programme development
Chair of the School of Arts and Communications Ethics committee

Willingness to take PhD students