About Me

In my day job, I am a Research Fellow in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. I work in the disciplines of sociology and politics. My main areas of research are the Northern Ireland conflict, evangelicalism, Christianity in Ireland, the emerging church, and charismatic Christianity in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I think that academic research should reach beyond the walls of the university and I hope that this blog can play some small part in disseminating the work that goes on in my school and in other universities.

I consider myself a Christian. I’m from an independent, evangelical Baptist background in Maine, USA, but have attended a variety of Protestant and (since my marriage to a Catholic) Catholic churches. I’ve lived on the island of Ireland since 1999 and in Belfast, Northern Ireland, since 2006.

Please note this is my personal site. All views are my own and are not representative of the Mitchell Institute or Queen’s.

Curriculum Vitae – Dr Gladys Ganiel

Current Position:

Research Fellow in the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast

Previous Positions:

  • Associate Professor (i.e. Senior Lecturer) and  Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Programme, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast (Jan 2006-March 2015)
  • Visiting Post-doctoral Scholar, Dept. of Political Studies, University of Cape Town (July-Dec. 2005)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe (Feb.-April 2007)


Ph.D. Politics (2005) University College Dublin, Ireland.

Dissertation title: Finding Their Place in the Kingdom: Evangelical Protestants and the Shaping of Northern Irish Civil Society After the Belfast Agreement

M.A. Politics (2001) University College Dublin, Ireland. First Class Honours

Dissertation title: Conserving or Changing? The Theology and Politics of Northern Irish Fundamentalist and Evangelical Protestants After the Good Friday Agreement

B.A. Political Science (1999) Providence College, Rhode Island, USA. 3.98 GPA (4.0 scale)

Research Interests

Ethno-religious conflict; sociology of the congregation; social identities; the conflict in Northern Ireland; ethnicity; religion and the life course; nationalism and conflict; the politics of transition in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Zimbabwe; civil society; qualitative research methods; comparative evangelical politics (Northern Ireland, USA and Canada)



Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, Oxford University Press, forthcoming

The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, Oxford University Press, 2014

Religion in Times of Crisis, Edited by Gladys Ganiel, Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot for the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s “Religion and the Social Order” Series, Brill, 2014

Evangelical Journeys: Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture, co-authored with Claire Mitchell, UCD Press: Dublin, 2011

Evangelicalism and Conflict in  Northern Ireland, Contemporary Anthropology of Religion series, Palgrave: New York, 2008

Journal Articles (in print and in press):

“Northern Ireland, America and the Emerging Church Movement: Exploring the Significance of Peter Rollins and the Ikon Collective,” with Gerardo Marti, Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 1(1) 2014, pp. 26-47

“The Irish Catholic Church in Transition – Reflections for Zimbabwe,” (April 2013) Mukai/Vukani: the Jesuit Journal for Theological Reflection in Zimbabwe, 64

“Loss and Hope in the Irish Catholic Church Part II,” (2012) Doctrine and Life, 62(4), 2012

“Loss and Hope in the Irish Catholic Church Part I,” (2012) Doctrine and Life, 62(4), 2012, p16 – 27

“Visioning 21st Century Ecumenism: The View from the Pulpits, the View from the Pews,” (2010) Doctrine and Life, 60(5), pp. 31-46.

“Surveying Religion’s Public Role: Perspectives on Reconciliation, Diversity and Ecumenism in Northern Ireland,” (2010) Shared Space, Issue 9, pp. 53-68.

“Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in South Africa & Zimbabwe: A Review,” (2010) Religion Compass, Vol. 5, pp. 130-143, available here.

“Ethno-religious Change in Northern Ireland & Zimbabwe: A Comparative Study of How Religious Havens can have Ethnic Significance,” (2010) special issue of Ethnopolitics, edited by Joseph Ruane and Jennifer Todd, 9(1), pp. 103-120

“Spiritual Capital and Democratization in Zimbabwe: A Case Study of a Progressive Charismatic Congregation,” (2009) special issue of Democratization, edited by Jeff Haynes, 16(6), pp. 1172-1193

“Battling in Brussels: the DUP in the EU, 1979-2009,” (2009) special issue of Irish Political Studies, edited by Mary Murphy and Katy Hayward, 24(4), pp. 575-588

“Beyond Pietism and Prosperity: Religious Resources for Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe,” The Africa Peace and Conflict Network Occasional Paper Series, (2008), paper no. 1, available at: http://www.africapeace.org/downloads/Ganiel.pdf

“Explaining New Forms of Evangelical Activism in Northern Ireland: Comparative Perspectives from the USA and Canada,” (2008) Journal of Church and State, 50: pp. 475-493

“DUP Discourses about Violence and their impact on the Northern Ireland Peace Process,” with Amber Rankin, (2008) Peace and Conflict Studies, 15(1): pp. 115-135, available at: http://shss.nova.edu/pcs/journalsPDF/Summer_2008_PCS.pdf

“Is the Multiracial Congregation an Answer to the Problem of Race? Comparative Perspectives from South Africa and the USA,” (2008) Journal of Religion in Africa, 38: pp. 263-283

“Religion in Northern Ireland: Rethinking Fundamentalism and the Possibilities for Conflict Transformation,” (2008) with Paul Dixon, Journal of Peace Research, 45(3): pp. 421-438

“Preaching to the Choir? An Analysis of DUP Discourses about the Northern Ireland Peace Process,” (2007) Irish Political Studies, 22(3): pp. 303-320

“Religion and Transformation in South Africa?: Institutional and Discursive Change in a Charismatic Congregation,” (2007) Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, 63, pp. 1-22

“Race, Religion and Identity in South Africa: A Case Study of a Charismatic Congregation,” (2006), Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 12(304), pp. 555-576

“Turning the Categories Inside-Out: Complex Identifications and Multiple Interactions in Religious Ethnography,” (2006), with Claire Mitchell, Sociology of Religion, 67(1), pp. 3-21

“Ulster Says Maybe: The Restructuring of Evangelical Politics in Northern Ireland,” (2006), Irish Political Studies, 21(2), pp. 137-155

“Emerging from the Evangelical Subculture in Northern Ireland: A Case Study of the Zero28 and ikon Community,” (2006), International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 6 (1), pp. 38-48

“Scandal and Political Candidate Image,” (Dec. 2000), with James Carlson and Mark S. Hyde, Southeastern Political Review, V28, N4, p747-757

Book Chapters:

“Can Churches Contribute to Post-Violence Reconciliation and Reconstruction? Insights and Applications from Northern Ireland,” in John Wolffe, ed., Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims: Irish “Religious” Conflict in Comparative Perspective, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2014, forthcoming

“Conflict Resolution, Identity and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland” in editor(s)John Stone (Boston University), Rutledge Dennis (George Mason University), Polly Rizova (Willamette University), Anthony Smith (London School of Economics), and Xiaoshuo Hou (St. Lawrence University), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Blackwell, 2014, forthcoming

“Reconciliation and Reconstruction among Churches and Faith-Based Organisations in Zimbabwe” in editor(s)Martin Leiner, Maria Palme, Peggy Stoeckner, Sub-Saharan Africa between Conflict and Reconcilition, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014, [Volume II in the Societies in Transition Series], with Joram Tarusarira, 2014, forthcoming

“Research Ethics in Divided and Violent Societies,” in editor(s)Cathriona Russell, Linda Hogan, and Maureen Junker-Kenny, Ethics for Graduate Researchers – A Cross Disciplinary Approach, London, Elsevier, 2013, pp167 – 181

“Religion, Secular Democracy, and Conflict Resolution in Zimbabwe,” in Lee Marsden, ed., Religion and Conflict Resolution, Ashgate, with Joram Tarusarira, 2012, pp 99-117

“Everyday Evangelicals: Life in a Religious Subculture after the Agreement,” in Cillian McGrattan and Elizabeth Meehan, eds., Everyday Life after the Conflict, Manchester University Press, with Claire Mitchell, 2012, pp. 68-82

“Religion, Politics and Law,” co-authored with Peter Jones, in editor(s)Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto , Religion and Change in Modern Britain, Routledge, 2012, pp299 – 321

“Striking a Balance: Christianity and the Challenges of Long Term Human Security in Zimbabwe,” in editor(s)James K. Wellman Jr and Clark B. Lombardi , Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective, New York, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp172 – 188

“The Marginalisation of Churches in Society: Reflections from the Island of Ireland,” in Ivana Noble, Ulrike Link-Wieczorek and Peter De Mey, eds., Reimagining Religious Belonging: Ecumenical Responses to Changing Religiosity in Europe, 2011, Leipzig, Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, pp. 60-72

“DUP Discourses on Violence and Their Impact on the Peace Process,” in Katy Hayward and Catherine O’Donnell, eds.,  Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland, Abingdon, Routledge, 2011, pp. 93 – 108, with Amber Rankin

“Battling in Brussels: The DUP in the European Union,” in Katy Hayward and Mary Murphy, eds., The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South, London, Routledge, 2010, pp. 159 – 172

“A New Framework for Understanding Religion in Northern Irish Civil Society,” in Christopher Farrington, ed., Global Change, Civil Society and the Northern Ireland Peace Process: Implementing the Political Settlement, Palgrave, forthcoming 2008

“Religious Dissent and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland,” in John O’Grady and Peter Scherle, eds., Ecumenics from the Rim: Explorations in Honour of John D’Arcy May, Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 379-386, 2007

Book Reviews:

Steve Bruce’s Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Irelandand Ed Moloney’s Paisley: From Demagogue to Democrat?, in British Journal of Sociology, 2009, Vol. 60, No.1, pp. 191-193

Claire Mitchell’s Religion, Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland, in Sociological Research On-Line, 12(4), 31/07/2007, at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/12/4/reviews/ganiel.html

Peter Rollins’ How (Not) to Speak of God, in Lion and Lamb, Spring 2007, forthcoming

Claire Mitchell’s Religion, Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland, in Lion and Lamb, Summer 2006

Working Papers:

“No Exit? Opting out of Religious and Ethnic Group Identities in Northern Ireland,” (2009)with Sara Templer and Claire Mitchell, Politics and Identity Discussion Paper Series, No. 6, Institute for British Irish Studies: UCD, Dublin

“Everyday Evangelicals: Life in a Religious Subculture after the Belfast Agreement,” (2009) with Claire Mitchell, Working Papers in British Irish Studies, No. 86, Institute for British Irish Studies: UCD, Dublin, available at: http://www.ucd.ie/ibis/filestore/wp2009/86_ganiel%20rev%201.pdf

“Evangelical Political Identity in Transition: Mapping the Intersections of Religion, Politics, and Change in Post-Belfast Agreement Northern Ireland,” (2004), Institute for the Study of Social Change, Dublin, working paper 2004/1 (http://www.ucd.ie/~issc)

“The Politics of Religious Dissent in Northern Ireland,” (2003), Institute for British Irish Studies, Dublin, No. 32 working paper series

“Conserving or Changing? The Theology and Politics of Northern Irish Fundamentalist and Evangelical Protestants After the Good Friday Agreement,” (2002), Institute for British Irish Studies, Dublin, No. 20 working paper series

Research Notes

“Reflections on Surveying Religion Online: Perils and Promise?” posted on British Religion in Numbers, May 11, 2010

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