Professor Ben Pink DandelionHonorary Researcher
I teach the distance learning Quaker studies modules on the Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies and the MA 'Quakerism in the Modern World'. I direct the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies based at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham and am Professor of Quaker Studies at the University of Birmingham.
I came to academic life in my mid-twenties completing a part-time BA in Combined Humanities (History, Religion and Culture, and Media Studies) and then a PhD in the sociology of British Quakerism at the University of Brighton. I worked at the Centre for Quaker Studies at the University of Sunderland in the 1990s but also began work at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham in 1992. I was appointed Professor in Quaker Studies by the University of Birmingham in 2008 and Honorary Research Fellow at Lancaster in 2014.
My own research interests lie particularly in the sociology of religion and the sociology of sects. For example, I have two students researching the Amish. I am also interested in endtime theology and apocalyptic thought.
I teach the three Quaker studies modules that form the Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies and form the major component of the MA Quakerism in the Modern World. They are also an option on the online PG Cert Religious Studies. I supervise MA dissertations in Quaker studies.
I am currently co-editing with Stephen Angell of the Earlham School of Religion two books on the history and social practice of Quakerism, also researching Philadelphia as a sacred space, and am beginning a longer term project on citizenship and how Quakers have related to wider society across time.