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Dr Stacey Gutkowski

Dr Stacey Gutkowski

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Reader in Peace and Conflict Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • International relations
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Security

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Dr Stacey Gutkowski is Reader in Peace and Conflict Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s College London. Prior to joining King’s she was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex; a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University; and a Research Associate with the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Programme, University of Edinburgh.

Stacey holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge, an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a BA in Philosophy (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Wellesley College.

She is the author of two research monographs, Religion, War and Israel’s Secular Millennials: Being Reasonable? (Manchester University Press, 2020) and Secular War: Myths of Religion, Politics and Violence (I.B. Tauris, 2013), as well as articles and book chapters on the relationships among politics, security, religion and secularism in Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She was co-director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (2008-2020) and now sits on its Advisory Board. She is co-editor of the book series Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (DeGruyter). She is also on the Academic Advisory Board of the Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies.


Research interests

Stacey's research is at the crossroads of Middle Eastern Studies, political sociology, religious studies and critical security studies.

Her research interrogates the various relationships between war, peace, religion and the secular.

Her current research focuses on the following: 1) theorizing intersections between emotion, violence and the secular; 2) post-war spirituality and self-making in the Middle East; 3) interreligious pluralism among Syrian refugees and their hosts in Jordan and Lebanon; 4) interreligious pluralism and youth interfaith peacebuilding in the Middle East and Northern Ireland; 5) interrogating moderation as a political category.

Further information about her work can be found at



  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Moderation as Jordanian Soft Power: Islam and Beyond. In Peter Mandaville (ed.), The Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power: How States Use Religion in Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2022).
  • Gutkowski, Stacey and Craig Larkin. Spiritual Ambiguity in Interfaith Humanitarianism: Local Faith Communities, Syrian Refugees and Muslim-Christian Encounters in Lebanon and Jordan, Migration Studies 9, 2021.
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Does Atheism Promote Peace? In Teemu Taira (ed.), Atheism in 5 Minutes (Sheffield: Equinox, 2021).
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Secular Feelings, Settler Feelings: The Case of Palestine/Israel, Religion, State and Society, 49(2), 2021.
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Religion, War and Israel’s Secular Millennials: Being Reasonable? (Manchester University Press, 2020)
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Jewish atheists in foxholes: existential beliefs and how war feels, Secular Studies, 1(1), 2019
  • Gutkowski, Stacey, Craig Larkin and Ana Maria Daou, Religious Pluralism, Interfaith Dialogue and Post-war Lebanon in Jan-Jonathan Bock, John Fahy and Sami Everett (eds.) Emergent Religious Pluralisms (Palgrave, 2019).
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Love, war and secular “reasonableness” among hilonim in Israel-Palestine, in Monique Scheer, Nadia Fadil and Birgitte Schepeleren Johansen (eds.) Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions: European Configurations, (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. We are the very model of a moderate Muslim state: the Amman Messages and Jordan’s foreign policy. International Relations, 30(2), 2016, 206-226.
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Secularism, secularity and war. Religion: Beyond Religion, Phil Zuckerman (ed.), Cengage, 2016.

For a full list of publications, please consult the Research Portal at King’s.



  • Conflict and Coexistence in Divided Societies
  • Religion and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Culture, religion and identity in contemporary conflicts


PhD Supervision

Stacey welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students with a full proposal available who seek to work in the following areas: conflict resolution in the Middle East; secularism in the Middle East; religion, conflict and peacebuilding in the Middle East; faith-based humanitarianism and the Syrian refugee crisis; intercultural and interfaith dialogue in global affairs; Christianity in the Arab World; Jordan; Israel/Palestine. Further information can be found here.


Expertise and media engagement

Stacey’s policy work includes advisory work with the British Ministry of Defence, the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a regular contributor to the media, including BBC World News, BBC Persian, Channel 4, Voice of America, Valor Economico and Prospect Magazine. Her background is in the NGO world.