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Dr Emma Wild-Wood

Dr Emma Wild-Wood

Lecturer in World Christianities

Emma Wild-Wood is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office Phone: 01223 763039


Dr Wild-Wood is the lecturer in World Christianities whilst Dr Joel Cabrita is on study leave. She was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. CCCW is situated in Westminster college and has a library and archive of missionary papers. She has a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and has taught in DR Congo and Uganda.

Subject area and speciality

History of Christianity specialists:
  • Early Christian evangelists in Uganda
  • Migration in contemporary world Christianity
  • Anglicanism in Sub-Sarahan Africa
  • Christianity in Congo
World Christianities specialists:
  • Early Christian evangelists in Uganda
  • Migration in contemporary world Christianity
  • Anglicanism in Sub-Sarahan Africa
  • Christianity in Congo

Research Interests

Dr Wild-Wood researches religious encounter in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Christian conversion and the growth of mission initiated denominations during the colonial era. She has examined the impact of migration on Christian identity in Democratic Republic of Congo. She is presently working on a critical biography of Ugandan priest.

She is also interested in the impact of contemporary global migration on the Christian church and the ecclesiological responses that may emerge.

Research Supervision

Dr Wild-Wood welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in the historical or social-scientific study of Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Understanding Contemporary religion A6

Themes in World Christianity B7

Christianity and Society in Africa, 1800-2000, D2e

M Phil World Christianities


Key Publications


  • Foundations for Mission edited with Peniel Rajkumar, Regnum, Oxford, 2013.
  • The East African Revival: History and Legacies, edited with Kevin Ward, Ashgate Publishers, 2012.  ISBN.978 1 4094 2674 5
  • The East African Revival: History and Legacies, edited with Kevin Ward, Kampala, Fountain, 2010, ISBN.978 9970 25 014 1
  • Migration and Christian Identity in Congo (DRC), Leiden, Brill, 2008. Paperback 2012


Selected Articles

  • Forthcoming 2017,  ‘The Anglican Church in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1829-1910,’ in  Rowan   Strong (ed) Partisan and Colonial Anglicanism 1829-1910, volume 3 of Rowan Strong (ed)  The Oxford History of Anglicanism (Oxford, OUP).
  • ‘The travels and translations of Three African Anglican Missionaries, 1890-1930’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History,67.4 (2016)
  •   'Mission, Ecclesiology and Migration,’ Cathy Ross and Stephen B Bevans (eds), Mission  on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context and Prophetic Dialogue (London, SCM Press, 2015), 51- 68.
  • 'Powerful words: Reading the diary of a Ganda Priest' Studies in World Christianity, 18.2 (2012), 134-153.

  •  ‘Attending to Translocal Identities: How Congolese Anglicans talk about their Church,’ Journal of Anglican Studies 9.1 (2011), 80-99.
  • ‘The Making of an African Missionary Hero in the English Biographies of Apolo Kivebulaya (1923-1936),’ Journal of Religion in Africa 40 (2010).
  • ‘Worldwide Shifts in Mission from 1910 to 2010: A sketch’ Theology, May/June 2010, 163-173.
  • “Free from shackles” or “dirtied”? The Contested Pentecostalisation of Anglican Congregations in DR Congo,’ Transformation 25,2-3 (2008) 103-115.
  • ‘Saint Apolo from Europe or What’s in a Luganda Name?’ Church History, 77, 1(2008) 1-23.
  • ‘Boundary Crossing and Boundary Marking: Radical Revival in Congo and Uganda from 1948.’ Studies in Church History 44: Revival and Resurgence, 2008.
  • ‘ “Se Debroullier” or the Art of Serendipity in Oral History Research’, History in Africa 34 (2007) 367-381.
  • ‘“One Day We Will Sing In God’s Home”: Hymns and Songs Sung in the Anglican Church in North-East Congo (DRC)’, with Peter Wood. Journal of Religion in Africa, 34.1-2, (2004) 145-180
  • 'An Introduction to an Oral History and Archive Project by the Anglican Church of Congo,' History in Africa, 28, (2001): 445-462.
  • ‘”Walking in the Light”: the Liturgy of Fellowship in the early years of the East African Revival’, in R.N. Swanson (ed), Studies in Church History, 35: Continuity and Change in Christian Worship, Suffolk, Boydell Press, 1999: 419-431.
  • ‘”Is it witchcraft? Is it Satan? It is a miracle’. Mai-Mai soldiers and Christian concepts of evil in North-East Congo’, Journal of Religion in Africa, 28 (4) 1998:450-467.