Corey Williams

Corey Williams (PhD, Edinburgh) is an anthropologist of religion, with a primary focus on contemporary West Africa and Global Christianity. He is an expert on African religions, religion and migration, religion and public policy, and multiple religious belongings and identities.

For more than 10 years, Corey has conducted extensive field and archival research on interreligious encounters in Nigeria and Ghana. His first monograph, A Spirit of Accommodation: The Politics of Religious Belonging and Identity in Contemporary Nigeria, is currently under review. At the moment, he is conducting research on migration and transnational Pentecostal networks between Nigeria and the USA. This project has been awarded with a Collaborative International Research Grant from the American Academy of Religion.

Currently, Corey is an Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion. As of 2018, he also became a Faculty Fellow at the Ife Institute for Advanced Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Prior to joining the Leiden faculty in 2015, he was a Visiting Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University, USA (2014) and Assistant Lecturer and Tutor in Religious Studies at Edinburgh University, UK (2012-2014).

Recent publications:

Fighting in God’s Name: Religion and Conflict in Local-Global Perspectives, co-edited with Olufunke Adeboye and Afe Adogame (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019).

‘Multiple Religious Belonging and Identity in Contemporary Nigeria: Methodological Reflections for World Christianity’, in World Christianity: Methodological Considerations, eds. Martha Frederiks and Dorottya Nagy (Leiden: Brill, 2019). KEY PUBLICATION

*‘Chrislam, Accommodation, and the Politics of Religious Bricolage in Contemporary Nigeria’, in Studies in World Christianity 24.3 (2019): 5-28. KEY PUBLICATION

‘Religion and Sport in Multireligious Nigeria: the Case of Kaduna City Interfaith Football Club,’ in Global Perspectives on Sport and Christianity, eds. Afe Adogame, Nick Watson and Andrew Parker (New York: Routledge, 2017), 114-128.


Fellow member
Leiden University