Dr Rachel Muers

Dr Rachel Muers



Rachel Muers came to Leeds in 2007. She studied Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge, and held the Margaret Smith Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge from 2001 to 2003. She was then Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter from 2003 to 2007.

Her academic interests and major publications centre around the relationships between modern Christian doctrine and ethics. 

Dr Muers was the principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project 'Vegetarianism as Spiritual Choice in Historical and Contemporary Theology' , on a British Academy project 'Women Reading Difficult Scriptures', and on the AHRC 'Everyday Lives in War' collaborative project 'Re-Imagining a True Social Order', working with Quakers in Britain. She is a member of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission and the current vice-president of the Society for the Study of Theology.

Research interests

  • Modern Christian theology
  • Theological ethics, especially intergenerational issues
  • Feminism and theology
  • Vegetarianism, diet and theology
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's thought
  • Biblical interpretation, particularly in connection with Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations
  • Quaker thought, particularly ethics and decision-making processes
  • Theology and the environment
  • Theology and social class
  • Interdisciplinary work between theology and ethnography

Research supervision

Dr Muers' current and recent research supervision includes projects on feminist theology and embodiment; virtue ethics in Christianity; the history of Quaker spirituality; theology and silence in music; contemporary Christian vegetarianism; Christianity and political liberalism; religious language and contemporary Quakerism; the theology of intersex conditions.

She would welcome applications from students wishing to conduct research in feminist theory and theology, Quaker theology, twentieth-century Christian thought (particularly Dietrich Bonhoeffer), theological ethics, food and theology, and theological aspects of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

My core areas of current teaching include human rights and religion; study of Christianity, especially modern Christian theology; and religion and public life. I'm enthusiastic about collaborative teaching, and often lead or develop courses that help students to bring together insights from different academic disciplines. I also teach on modules that involve external placements for students - for example in local schools.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life

Current postgraduate research students

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>