Staff and associates



Professor Tina Beattie

Tina is the Director of Catherine of Siena College, and Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton. She researches in the field of Catholic theology and gender, human rights and women's rights, and theology and the visual arts. She is a frequent contributor to the Catholic weekly journal The Tablet and to television and radio, including BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. Tina works extensively with parishes, religious orders, schools and universities to promote greater theological understanding and awareness of issues to do with Catholic social teaching, the role of women, and the importance of the visual arts. She is also the founder and coordinator of Catholic Women Speak, an international online forum which seeks to promote dialogue, raise awareness and create networks of solidarity and support among Catholic women in the worldwide church.

Administrative staff

Dr Anna Cantelmi 

Dr. Anna Cantelmi is the Assistant Director of Catherine of Siena College. She holds a Master degree in Chinese Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Zhejang University, Hangzhou, China. She previously worked as Executive Officer at SOAS China Institute, London and collaborated with many projects on literature and arts in the UK and China. She taught a seminar series on "Dante in Translation" at the University of Roehampton and Zhejiang University. She taught an online short course on "Migration Matters" at Catherine of Siena College, where she has worked since 2017. 


Course creators and tutors

Anupama Ranawana

Anupama Ranawana is a theologian, writer and researcher with research and teaching interests in South Asian Studies, faith and international development, liberation theology, feminist theology, race, ecological justice, feminist political thought and global political economics.  Her doctoral work (Aberdeen) focusses on religious perspectives, specifically Buddhist feminist thought, as an alternative site from which to understand the international. She also holds a Masters of Divinity from Newman Theological College, Edmonton, Alberta, and a Masters in Global Justice from Oxford Brookes University. Aside from her academic work, Anupama has also worked for think tanks and international development organisations such as Oxfam GB and Caritas Canada. She is presently a Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University. 

Dr Zilka Spahic-Siljak

Dr Zilka Spahić Šiljak holds PhD in gender studies and her scope of work includes addressing cutting edge issues involving human rights, politics, religion, education and peace-building with more than fifteen years experience in academic teaching, and work in governmental and non-governmental sectors. She teaches at Cultural Studies at the University of Zenica and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo. Zilka is also a research associate at Stanford University. Her publications includes: Bosnian Labyrinth: Culture, Gender and Leadership (2019); Living Values: Global Ethos in Local Context of BiH (2018); Shining Humanity – Life Stories of Women Peacebuilders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014); Contesting Female, Feminist and Muslim Identities. Post-Socialist Contexts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2012); Women Religion and Politics, 2010; Women, Believers and Citizens (2009). She also runs Transcultural Psychosocial Educational Foundation in Sarajevo, which includes also projects on trauma, memory and healing.

Dr Anna Cantelmi

Dr Anna Cantelmi holds a Doctoral Degree in Comparative Literature from Zhejiang University, China and a Master in Chinese Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London. Her research focus on the transmission and interpretation of Western Literature in Asia, in particular the translation of Dante in China. Her researches focused on translation literature as a cultural process which reflects social chenge, religion, history and gender. She is currently researching on thelogy and religion in literature and its impact abroad.  

Cristina Gangemi 

Cristina Gangemi holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and Catechesis, with a special focus on Disability. She is Co-Director of The Kairos Forum, which focuses on enabling communities to be places of belonging for people with a disability. She has had extensive experience in Special Education, the training of specialised Lay ministers and parent support. Cristina is a Disability Consultant to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and works with the Vatican concerning disability, cultural studies and a new evangelisation with people who have been disabled. She is also undertaking doctoral studies in Practical Theology and Disability.

Dr Nontando Hadebe

Nontando Hadebe is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at St Augustine College in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the Chair of the Southern African Circle for Concerned African Women Theologians, a board member of Catholic Women Preach, and a radio presenter at Radio Veritas, a Catholic Radio station in South Africa. Her doctoral research is 'A Trinitarian theological response to gender challenges in the context of HIV & AIDS in Southern Africa.' Following her doctorate in 2013, she has pursued her research on women and Christianity, particularly the Catholic Church in the African context. Her inclusive focus on all women has extended to sexual minorities, particularly lesbians and their experiences of brutaisation.

Rev Dr Majorie Lewis

Marjorie is a minister of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI). She is a graduate of the United Theological College of the West Indies, the University of the West Indies and the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Her PhD dissertation was on the spirituality of Black British women, and she has co-authored books on racial justice and published academic articles and Bible Study notes. She has served as a Pastor of churches in rural Jamaica, and her ministry has included community development, notably as Project Officer for Oxfam U.K. and as a consultant to the Jamaican Government.

Dr Emily Pennington

Emily is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, UK. She received her doctorate from the University of Chester in March 2015. Her thesis, entitled “Touching the Future: A Feminist Theology of Eschatological Bodies”, sought to construct a new model of eschatological embodiment based on the values of relationality, fluidity, and tactility. This work was recently published under the title Feminist Eschatology: Embodied Futures (Routledge, 2016). Emily remains committed to centralising women’s embodiments, and is currently researching theological perspectives on women’s experiences of creativity.

Janice Price

Janice Price is World Mission Adviser for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. She has been involved in leading change processes in a variety of church contexts such as parishes, agencies and at Diocesan and National levels. She holds an MA in Theology and Education and an MSc in Theological and Ministerial Research from King’s College London. She is the author of Telling Our Faith Story (2009, Grove Booklets) and World-Shaped Mission (2012, Church House Publishing).

Dr Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar

Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar is Programme Executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation with the World Council of Churches, Geneva. Previously he was Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India. His publications include Challenges of Transition: Religion and Ethics in Changing Contexts (ISPCK, 2007) and Dalit Theology and Dalit Liberation: Problems, Paradigms and Possibilities (Ashgate, 2010); and as editor Asian Theology on the Way: Christianity, Culture and Context (London: SPCK 2012, Philadelphia: Fortress 2016) and Many Yet One: Multiple Religious Belonging (Geneva: WCC, 2016).

Esther Stevenson

Esther Stevenson is a an independent leadership coach and organisational development consultant. She learned her craft as a senior manager at Christian Aid, where she worked on leadership development and organisational change across Africa, Central Asia and more recently with community activists across the UK. She holds a degree from the University of York and an MSc in International Development Studies, where her dissertation was on gender and education. Her ongoing area of interest is management innovation, and how leaders – particularly women - can be more authentic, embracing a more reflective and contemplative approach.

Dr Lynn Thomas

Lynn is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities at Roehampton University, where she previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies. She has taught many courses on Hinduism and Indian religion, as well as on the study of religion more broadly. Lynn has degrees in Religious Studies from the University of Lancaster and in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis at Oxford was on time in the Mahabharata, and her research has continued to focus on Indian text. She has published on a number of topics within this, including time, kingship, narrative structure, and gender. Lynn’s most recent research has looked at ways in which Indian text might be brought to bear on discussions of human rights. This includes ‘Negotiating the Spaces: exploring issues of human rights in an Indian text’, Religion 2018, vol. 48:1; and ‘Being human, dialogically’ in Brian Black and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, eds. In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation, and Interpretation. Routledge (forthcoming).  

Catherine of Siena College

Department of Humanities,
University of Roehampton,
SW15 5PH.



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