Dr Iliyana Angelova

Anthropology, Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)

MUSSI, Iontas Building, North Campus
Room 2.12
(01) 708 6210


I joined the Department of Anthropology and the Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) at Maynooth University in October 2017 as an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Before that I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow (Excellence Initiative) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen, Germany (2016-2017). I hold a doctoral degree in Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2016) and master's degrees in Social Anthropology (MSc, University of Oxford, 2009) and Indology (MA, Sofia University, Bulgaria, 2005).   

Research Interests

My research interests span the anthropology of religion (Christianity) and political anthropology, with a special focus on religion and identity, religion and politics and urban anthropology. In my doctoral thesis ("Baptist Christianity and the politics of identity among the Sumi Naga of Nagaland, Northeast India", Oxford 2016) I explored the processes through which Baptist Christianity has become entangled with identity politics in the Indo-Burma borderlands and has become central to the identity constructions of the Sumi Naga - an ethnic community from the state of Nagaland in Northeast India. 
After the award of my doctoral degree, I worked as a Teach@Tübingen Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2017) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen (Germany) where I taught Anthropology of borders and borderlands (BA and MA), Urban anthropology (MA) and Religion, modernity and secularism (BA). In my current postdoctoral project at Maynooth I am going to work on a book manuscript based on my doctoral thesis and contribute some teaching to the MA course Foundations of anthropology and development. 

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Teach@Tübingen Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Tübingen
2017 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Irish Research Council (IRC)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Member /
European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) Member /

Teaching Interests

I am broadly interested in the anthropology of religion, political anthropology, the anthropology of South Asia, Asian borderlands and urban anthropology.

My previous and current teaching reflects some of these interests. I have taught tutorials in the Anthropology of South Asia at Oxford (2014) and seminar classes in the Anthropology of borders and borderlands, Urban anthropology and Religion, modernity and secularism at Tübingen (2016-2017). I am currently co-teaching a seminar class on Anthropology and development at Maynooth.