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Dr Alastair Lockhart FRAI

Dr Alastair Lockhart, FRAI

Director of Studies in Theology, Hughes Hall

Affiliated Lecturer

Social scientific study of religion

Contemporary religious history

Psychology of religion


Dr. Lockhart carries out research in the field of contemporary religion and 20th century religious history with a special interest in new and non-mainstream religion and spirituality, the social scientific study of religion, and the psychology of religion.

Research themes include the ways in which modernity accommodates forms of spirituality outside traditional religious frameworks, the meaning and role of secularization-sacralization, apocalypticism, and the theologies and anthropologies entailed by contemporary ideas about medicine and healing. He also has an interest in the relationship of religious studies and technological innovation, especially computer sciences and space exploration.

BA (hons) (Cantab)

MSc (Lond)

MA (Lond)

MA (Cantab)

PhD (Cantab)



American Academy of Religion

British Association for the Study of Religions

British Psychological Society: History and Philosophy of Psychology Section

Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion


Subject area and speciality

Religious Studies specialists:
  • Social scientific study of religion
  • Contemporary religious history
  • Psychology of Religion

Research Interests

Contemporary religion

20th century religious history

Social scientific study of religion

New forms of religion, spirituality, and para-religion

Psychology of religion

Religion and technology

Apocalypticism and millenarianism 


Affiliate Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity


Supervisor for A6 Understanding Contemporary Religion

Supervisor for D2b Apocalypse


Other Professional Activities

Deputy Senior Tutor, Hughes Hall

Academic Co-Director, Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements


Key Publications


Lockhart, A (2019) Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing: The Panacea Society in the Twentieth Century. SUNY Press.


Lockhart, A. (2019) ‘A Bud from the Tree of Life: William McDougall’s Response to Freud’ in History and Philosophy of Psychology 20(1): 28-33.

Lockhart, A. (2015) 'Religious and Spiritual Mobility in Britain: The Panacea Society and Other Movements in the Twentieth Century' in Contemporary British History 29(2): 155-178.

Lockhart, A. (2013) 'Heterodox Healing and Alternative Religion in the 20th Century: An English Spiritual Healing Practice in Finland' in Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2013. Helsinki: Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura/Societas Historiae Ecclesiasticae Fennica. pp. 74-97.

Lockhart, A. (2010) '"The "Parson's Clinic": Religion and Psychology at the Interwar Tavistock Clinic' in History and Philosophy of Psychology 12(2): 11-23.


Other Publications

Lockhart, A. (2017) Review of Bruce K. Alexander and Curtis P. Shelton A History of Psychology in Western Civilization in History and Philosophy of Psychology 18(1): 49-51.

Lockhart, A. (2017) 'A Southcottian Healing Panacea in the Twentieth Century' in J. Shaw and P. Lockley (eds.) The History of a Modern Millennial Movement: The Southcottians. London: I.B. Tauris.

Lockhart, A. (2012) 'The "Para-Freudians": A Project for a Spiritualized Psychoanalysis in Early Twentieth Century Britain' in D. Henderson (ed.) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 2-19.



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