Emily is a PhD candidate with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) part of The University of Sheffield. A First Class BA (Hons) and Masters graduate of the University of Sheffield, Emily was born in Tauranga, New Zealand, and grew up in Coffs Harbour, Australia before settling in Sheffield, in the United Kingdom.
Emily currently researches religion in video games, with a specific interest in depictions of Christian religions, Christ-figures and LGBTQ+ characters within modern video games. Her previous research has covered film, feminist theory, gender and queer theory in relation to the New Testament.
Emily’s BA dissertation (on depictions of Ancient Roman governor Pontius Pilate in film) was awarded the Bible Society 2015 award for best dissertation.
Her MA (Masters in Biblical Studies Research) focused on Christ-figures within video game narratives, using Intersectional Feminist Theory to analyse Bioshock: Infinite. Her MA received funding from both the Henry Stephenson Trust and the University of Sheffield’s Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.