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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Profiles

Mr Alex Fry, BA (Hons), MA, AKC

PhD Student & Research Assistant in the Department of Theology and Religion

Contact Mr Alex Fry (email at alex.d.fry@durham.ac.uk)

Additional information is provided on my LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexdjfry/ 

Current Research

My research seeks to understand the sociological and psychological processes that contribute to conservative Christian attitudes towards gender roles in society more broadly, and towards women’s ordination to the priesthood and their consecration as bishops in particular. It employs thematic narrative analysis, based on descriptive and focused coding, in order to analyse semi-structured interviews with male priests from evangelical and Anglo-catholic traditions within the Church of England. The emerging narrative themes are interpreted with Christian Smith’s sociological theory of Engaged Orthodoxy, which is then developed by being brought into dialogue with social psychological research on intergroup contact. This is in order to offer a fuller description of clergy beliefs and behaviours pertaining to gender roles, and to further theorise the motivational forces behind them.

Grants & Awards

2018, 2017, 2016

Durham University Faculty of Arts & Humanities Travel Bursary

2018, 2017

Ruby & Will George Trust Educational Award

 

2018, 2017, 2016

St. John’s College, Durham Travel Bursary

 

 

2018

Student Travel Grant (Society for the Scientific Study of Religion)

 

2018, 2017, 2016

 

The Latimer Trust Research Grant

2018, 2017, 2016

 

The Whitecourt Charitable Trust Training Award

2017

Barry Scholarship in Divinity

2017

St. Hild & St. Bede Trust Grant

2017, 2016

The Foundation of St. Matthias Personal Award

2016

St. Luke’s College Foundation Personal Award

Teaching

THEO 1131 Study of Religion

THEO 2321 Religion in Contemporary Britain 

THEO 2291 Science & Theology: Exploring the Interface