Dr Chris Greenough

Name: Dr Chris Greenough
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Reader in Theology and Religion / Secondary & Further Education
Email: greenouc@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education Piazza Building, 1.14


Dr Chris Greenough is a Reader in Theology and Religion. Chris’s teaching and research focus on gender, sexuality, identity and queer studies in religion. He works with postgraduate researchers and teaches on the following undergraduate courses:

BA Religion

BA Education and Religion

BA Secondary Religious Education with QTS

Prior to joining Edge Hill, Chris had extensive experience in secondary education and senior leadership. He completed his masters’ level and doctoral studies on a part-time basis while working full time.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University, 2019.
  • PhD Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, 2016.
  • MA Theology, Liverpool Hope University, 2011.
  • PGCE, Edge Hill University, 2003.
  • BA (HONS) Modern Languages, University of Liverpool, 2002.

Interests & Achievements:

Chris’s research interests include the use life stories and personal experiences as a source for theology. His main area of research is the role of religion in relation to identity, especially how religious identities interface with gender and sexuality. He is also interested in visual and digital methods when conducting ethnographic research.

  • Personal Tutor of the Year Award, 2019.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Editor – Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (JIBS).


  • contemporary biblical studies;
  • queer theologies/queer biblical studies;
  • sociology of religion;
  • ethnography/autoethnography;
  • religious identities;
  • sexualities;
  • sexual violence;
  • feminist, gender and queer theories;
  • interdisciplinary approaches and non-traditional methods;
  • ethics.

Chris welcomes applications from prospective MRes and PhD students in these areas.

Research Group(s)

  • Narrative Research Network.

Published work:


  • Greenough, C. (2020) The Bible and Sexual Violence Against Men. London: Routledge.
  • Greenough, C. (2019) Queer Theologies: The Basics. London: Routledge.
  • Greenough, C. (2018) Undoing Theology: Life Stories from Non-normative Christians. London: SCM Press.

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Greenough, C. (accepted, in press.) ‘Profit over Prophet? A Critical Analysis of “Moses” in Advertising.’ The Bible & Critical Theory.
  • Greenough, C. (accepted, in press) ‘Short Take. From Biblical Text To Twitter: Teaching Biblical Studies In The Zeitgeist Of #MeToo’. Journal for Feminist Studies in Religion.
  • Greenough, C. (2021) ‘Special Edition: Queer Theory and the Bible’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies¸2(2), 1-4. Invited Guest Editor of the Special Edition.
  • Greenough, C. (2020) ‘Activism in Queer Biblical Studies: Methods, Classroom and Community’. Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. 2(1), pp.111-129.
  • Greenough, C. (2020) ‘Theological Talk in a Salsa Bar on Wigan Pier’. Feminist Theology, 28(2) pp.147–160
  • Greenough, C. (2019) ‘“Queer Eye” in Theology and Biblical Studies: “Do you have to be queer to do this?”’ Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, 1(1), pp.26—41.
  • Greenough, C. (2018) ‘Visual Intimacies: Faith, Sexuality, Photography’. Sexuality & Culture, 22(4), pp.1516—1526.
  • Greenough, C. (2017) ‘Queering Fieldwork in Religion: Exploring Life Stories with Non-Normative Christians Online’. Fieldwork in Religion, 12(1), pp.8—26.

Book Chapters:

  • Greenough, C. (2021, in preparation) ‘LGBQI Hermeneutics’ in Rooke, D. (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of the Hebrew Bible, Gender and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Greenough, C. (2021, in preparation) ‘Eve And The Punishment Of Heterosexuality in Blyth, C. and Colgan, E. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Eve. London: Routledge.
  • Greenough, C. (2021, in press) ‘Bodies of Christ: The Man Person Jesus’ in Beckford, R. and Starr, R, (Eds.) Behold the Men: An Introduction to Theologies of Masculinities. London: SCM Press.
  • Greenough, C. (2020) ‘Ambiguities, Authenticity and Actualisation: Life Story Research with a Bisexual Christian’ in Toft, A. and Yip, A. (Eds.) Bisexuality, Spirituality and Identity: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge. pp.102—119.
  • Greenough, C. and Kane, N. (2020) ‘“Blessed is the Fruit”: Drag Performance, Birthing and Religious Identity’ in Edward, M and Farrier, S. (Eds.) Contemporary Drag Practices and Performers. London: Bloomsbury, pp.189—205.  [50% contribution].
  • Greenough, C. and Edward, M. (2019) ‘Queer Literacy: Visibility, Representation, and LGBT+ Research Ethics’ in Iphofen, R. (Ed.) Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (Springer, online first). pp 1-12. [50% contribution].

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise

  1. Presenting at conferences
  • April 2019, ‘Undoing Research: Moving from Queer Theory to Queer Practice’, Talking Bodies, University of Chester (refereed).
  • September 2018, ‘Undoing Theology through Queer Ethnography’, Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference. University of Durham (refereed).
  • July 2018, ‘Undoing Queer Theology: From Opaque to Ordinary’. Queering Academia Conference, University of Westminster (refereed).
  • May 2017, ‘Perverting Practical Theology’. Sexuality and Anglican Identities Conference, University of Chester (refereed).
  • April 2017, ‘Bondage and Beliefs’. Talking Bodies, University of Chester (refereed).
  • July 2016, ‘The Injunction for Life Stories in Theology’. Fetish Shoes and Running Boots Conference in Memory of Marcella Althaus-Reid, University of Winchester (refereed).
  • April 2015, ‘Alyce in Genderland: Intersex, Sex and God’. Talking Bodies, University of Chester. (refereed).
  1. External collaboration/ partnership activity
  1. Projects
  • Queer theologies; the Bible and sexual violence.

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