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 Dr. Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans

Position: Senior researcher: Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice
Department: Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: B Soc Sci
Boc Sci(Hons)
M.Soc Sci (UCT)
Tel: +27 219592383


 Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans graduated with a B. Soc Sci degree from the University of Cape Town in 2007. Her majors were in Religious Studies and Media Studies. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in 2010 and her  Masters in Social Science in 2012 in the area of Religious Pluralism and Media, also at UCT. She obtained her PhD in 2016 at the age of 29 from the University of Cape Town. Trained in the study of religion and society, Lee researches, teaches and supervises in the area of religious diversity, pluralism, religion education, the political economy of religion, new religious movements and the media. She is the Managing Editor of the Journal of the Study of Religion and the African Journal of Gender and Religion. Lee also serves as a media officer for the African Consortium for Religion and Law Studies. She has presented her work at a number of international conferences and forums, including, Ethiopia, Morocco, England, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.





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