Leslie Fesenmyer Research Affiliate & Former Staff


Leslie is Lecturer in the Anthropology of Africa in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham. In addition to being a COMPAS Affiliate, she continues to serve as a doctoral supervisor at ISCA. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford.

Prior to joining DASA in September 2018, Leslie held several research and teaching positions at Oxford, including an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship at COMPAS. She received her MPhil and DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Before returning to academia, she spent ten years working on social justice issues in San Francisco and among New York City’s diverse immigrant communities.

Leslie’s research interests include transnational migration, kinship, religion (especially Pentecostalism), religious pluralism, and (urban) space and place. She has pursued these interests in the United Kingdom and Kenya and in the context of migration between the two countries.


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