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Ms Justine Esta Ellis

Justine is a doctoral candidate in the Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion, where she is an Oriel College Scholar. She earned a first class master’s in Study of Religions from Oxford and a bachelor’s (summa cum laude) in Religion from Barnard College, Columbia University. Prior to beginning doctoral work, she held public speaking and project management roles at several policy and non-profit institutes.
Justine’s research focuses on the intersection of religious literacy, secularity, and public policy. Using the tools of secularism studies, her current project puts forward a framework for examining civic formation, liberalism, tolerance, and definitions of religion in contemporary public policy. This research is relevant for addressing questions about the role of religion and secularism within educational and workplace contexts.   In addition to her doctoral studies, Justine is also a researcher on the Oxford Saïd Business School’s “Mutuality in Business” project, where she writes practitioner case studies on corporate responsibility and sustainability for the MBA curriculum and wider publication. As part of this project, she is a contributing author in the forthcoming volume, Putting Purpose into Practice: The Economics of Mutuality (Oxford University Press, 2019). She has taught Oxford undergraduate classes and currently offers tutorials in a variety of theory and methods courses in religious studies. Justine has focused on widening university participation through diversity & inclusion work as a committee member of Oriel College’s postgraduate Middle Common Room (MCR). She is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Religious Education.


“Constructing a Protestant Nation: Religion, Politics, and the Texas Public School Curriculum.” Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. Vol. 7, No. 1: 27-58.