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Jeroen Jans

Jeroen Jans

Visiting Student at St Edmund's College (Dec 2017 - Jan 2018)

PhD Student at Radboud University, The Netherlands


Jeroen is a PhD Student in empirical religious studies at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) since 2016. In 2012 he obtained his master degree in Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven (Belgium) with a thesis on the Resurrection of Lazarus. Two years later, in 2014, he finished both his advanced master in Theology and Religious Studies with a thesis on the political theology of Rowan Williams, and a master in Society, Law and Religion with a thesis on the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. After his studies, Jeroen first worked as a researcher of theological and comparative ethics at KU Leuven, and briefly as a religious education teacher, before taking up the function of youth pastor in the diocese of Hasselt (Belgium) in 2015. Jeroen is member of Logia (Belgium), a Christian think tank that reflects on societal debates. He is also active in the Blue Labour movement (United Kingdom).

Research Interests

Jeroen’s PhD at Radboud University is titled State without religion? Perceptions of young Christians, Muslims, and Humanists on religion-state relationships. It explores the different ways in which young, committed Christians, Muslims, and Humanists in the Netherlands and Flanders perceive the ideal relationship between religion and state governance. In his research, Jeroen aims at overcoming the clear-cut liberalism communitarianism divide, by starting from different state models that are placed on a continuum. For his PhD, he is supervised by dr. Carl Sterkens, prof. dr. Eric Vanbrux & prof. dr. Sophie van Bijsterveld. Jeroen’s research interests are: empirical studies, state theory, political philosophy, and religion-state relations.

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