Méadhbh McIvor

Méadhbh McIvor


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Contact: meadhbh.mcivor[at]manchester.ac.uk

I am a social anthropologist whose research focuses on human rights, religious activism, and the legal regulation of religion in Europe and the United States. My work investigates the state’s shaping of, response to, and interaction with religious practice.

I received my PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, where I explored conservative Christian activism and the politicisation of rights-based law in the UK. The book based on this research, Representing God: Christian Legal Activism in Contemporary England, was published by Princeton University Press in 2020. This research has also appeared in American Anthropologist, Ethnos and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion

While my previous work focused on socially conservative religious movements and their mobilisation of rights-based law, I have more recently become interested in the way progressive religious communities in polarised political spaces understand the relationship between faith and civic engagement. My current research investigates the (religiously-motivated) pursuit of justice among liberal religious actors in southern Arizona, USA, with a particular focus on the provision of humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees; LGBTQ+ inclusion; and racial justice. You can read about the beginnings of this project here.

Prior to joining Manchester's Department of Social Anthropology in autumn 2021, I held a Junior Research Fellowship at Pembroke College, Oxford, and taught anthropology and religious studies at University College London and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

I am always inspired by students’ creativity, enthusiasm, and commitment, and have learnt a great deal from those I have been privileged to lecture, supervise, and work with. If you are a former student, please don’t hesitate to get in touch—it's always lovely to hear from you!

If you are a prospective PhD candidate whose proposed research focuses on legal anthropology, political anthropology, and/or the anthropology of religion, you can reach me at meadhbh.mcivor[at]manchester.ac.uk to discuss potential supervision arrangements. 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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