Dr Alastair Lockhart

Governing Body Fellow; Deputy Senior Tutor (Postgraduate Admissions); Tutor, Director of Studies for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion; Honorary Co-Archivist

Dr Lockhart carries out research in the field of contemporary religion and 20th century religious history with a special interest in new and non-mainstream religion, the psychology of religion, and apocalypticism and millenarianism.

He is Deputy Senior Tutor and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor at Hughes Hall. He is also Academic Co-Director of the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM).



Lockhart, A (2019) Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing: The Panacea Society in the Twentieth Century. SUNY Press. (Publisher’s website.)


Lockhart, A. (2020) ‘New Religious Movements and Quasi-religion: Cognitive Science of Religion at the Margins’ in Archive for the Psychology of Religion / Archiv für Religionspsychologie 42(1): 101-122. (Open access.)

Williams, R.J., Watts, F. & Lockhart, A. (2020) ‘Health Help-Seeking Behaviour in Spiritual Healing Practice: Records from the Panacea Society’s Healing Department, 1924–1997′ in Journal of Religion and Health (June 2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-020-01044-1

Lockhart, A. (2020) ‘Holy Places and Religious Language in New Religious Movements’ in New Blackfriars 101(1092): 163-181. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbfr.12543

Lockhart, A. (2019) ‘A Bud from the Tree of Life: William McDougall’s Response to Freud’ in History and Philosophy of Psychology 20(1): 28-33. (Journal website.)

Lockhart, A. (2015) ‘Religious and Spiritual Mobility in Britain: The Panacea Society and Other Movements in the Twentieth Century’ in Contemporary British History 29(2): 155-178. (Open access.)

Lockhart, A. (2013) ‘Heterodox Healing and Alternative Religion in the 20th Century: An English Spiritual Healing Practice in Finland’ in Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2013. Helsinki: Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura/Societas Historiae Ecclesiasticae Fennica. pp. 74-97. (Journal website.)

Lockhart, A. (2010) ‘”The “Parson’s Clinic”: Religion and Psychology at the Interwar Tavistock Clinic’ in History and Philosophy of Psychology 12(2): 11-23. (Journal website.)


Lockhart, A. (2020) ‘Demise and Persistence: Religion after the Loss of “Direct Divine Control” in the Panacea Society’ in Michael Stausberg, Stuart A. Wright and Carole M. Cusack (eds.) The Demise of Religion: How Religions End, Die, or Dissipate. London: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 83-96. (Open access.)

Lockhart, A. (2020) ‘Bishop William Temple and the Psychologists’ in Russell Re Manning (ed.) Mutual Enrichment between Psychology and Theology. Abingdon UK; New York NY: Routledge. pp. 35-46. (Publisher’s website.)

Lockhart, A. (2017) ‘A Southcottian Healing Panacea, 1924-2012’ in J. Shaw and P. Lockley (eds.) The History of a Modern Millennial Movement: The Southcottians. London: I.B. Tauris. pp. 186-202. (Publisher’s website.)

Lockhart, A. (2012) ‘The “Para-Freudians”: A Project for a Spiritualized Psychoanalysis in Early Twentieth Century Britain’ in D. Henderson (ed.) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 2-19. (Publisher’s website.)


Lockhart, A. (2017) Review of Bruce K. Alexander and Curtis P. Shelton A History of Psychology in Western Civilization in History and Philosophy of Psychology 18(1): 49-51. (Journal website.)


Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Supervisor for D2B Apocalypse

Supervisor for A6 Understanding Contemporary Religion


American Academy of Religion

British Association for the Study of Religions

British Psychological Society, History and Philosophy of Psychology Section

British Sociological Association

Royal Anthropological Institute


Faculty of Divinity

Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements