Leslie Fesenmyer Research Affiliate & Former Staff


Leslie was Research and Teaching Officer at COMPAS until 2017. Prior to this, she held a three-year ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship (2013-2016) and served as Research Officer at COMPAS (2013). She received her doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Prior to returning to Oxford for her doctoral research, she spent ten years working on social justice issues in San Francisco and among New York City’s diverse immigrant communities.

As Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Leslie teaches and supervises postgraduate (MSc, MPhil, and DPhil) students in Social Anthropology and in Migration Studies, as well as teaches undergraduates in Human Sciences and Archaeology and Anthropology. Her research interests include transnational migration, relatedness, gender and generation, Pentecostalism, home and belonging, care, religious pluralism, and (urban) space and place. She has pursued these interests in the context of migration between Kenya and the United Kingdom and in East London.

As COMPAS Research Affiliate, she is developing a new project on religious coexistence in urban settings with a particular focus on postcolonial Christian Kenya, while also collaborating with Nick Van Hear on research related to mobility and mobilisation (‘Shifting powers’).


CareCitiesCivil SocietyDiasporaFamilyGeneration and Life courseReligionTransnationalism


Diaspora Engagement in War-Torn Societies

Nicholas Van Hear, Giulia Liberatore and Leslie Fesenmyer | January 2011 – December 2015

Kenyan Pentecostals between ‘Home’, London, and the Kingdom of God

Leslie Fesenmyer | December 2013 – December 2016