Christabelle Thwaites


I joined the University of Leeds in October 2020 as a PhD student, funded by an AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) scholarship. Prior to this, I completed my BA and MA degrees at the University of Exeter.

My current research focuses on purity culture in contemporary Christianity, especially in relation to trauma and spiritual abuse. I am particularly interested in the intersections of culture, tradition, and the reception of the Bible in Christian discourse on purity and gender roles.

Research interests

  • Contemporary Christian thought and practice
  • Influence of the Bible in culture and society 
  • Gender, sexuality, and gender-based violence
  • Disability theology
  • Trauma and mental health
  • Poverty, class, and political theology
  • Evangelicalism


  • MA Theology and Religion (University of Exeter)
  • BA Theology with Ancient History (University of Exeter)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life