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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

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Dr Stacey Gutkowski is a 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, 2014), as well as articles and book chapters on the relationships among religion, peace and conflict in Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the United States, and Britain. She was co-director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (2008-2020) and sat on its Advisory Board (2020-2022). She is co-editor of the book series Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (DeGruyter). She sits on the advisory Council for the Templeton Religion Trust’s initiative ‘Social Consequences of Religion’ (SCORE).


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 politics, war, peace, religion and the secular. Her distinct contribution has been to analysing intersections between war and the secular.

Further information about her work can be found at:



  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Religion, War and Israel’s Secular Millennials: Being Reasonable? (Manchester University Press, 2020)
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Secular War: Myths of Religion, Politics and Violence (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Civil War Secularity Talk. Religions 13 (2022): 1-21.
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Playing Host Since 1948: Jordan’s Refugee Policies and Faith-based Charity. The Journal of Middle East and Africa 13, no. 2 (2022): 163-184.
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Does Atheism Promote Peace? In Teemu Taira (ed.), Atheism in 5 Minutes (Sheffield: Equinox, 2022).
  • 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 2023).
  • 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. Secular Feelings, Settler Feelings: The Case of Palestine/Israel, Religion, State and Society 49, no. 1 (2021): 41-60.
  • Gutkowski, Stacey. Jewish atheists in foxholes: existential beliefs and how war feels, Secular Studies 1 (2019): 34-73.
  • 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).

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



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


PhD Supervision

Stacey welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students with a full proposal available who seek to work in the following areas: grassroots conflict resolution and peacebuilding 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; religious pluralism in the Middle East; intercultural and interfaith dialogue in global affairs; Christianity in the Arab World; Jordan; Israel/Palestine. Further information can be found here