Sian Hawthorne is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Religion and Politics at SOAS University of London. She serves as the subject head for Religion and Philosophies. She is the editor of the Bloomsbury Religion, Gender, and Sexuality series, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Gender since 2011. Sian developed and convenes the BA World Philosophies programme, the MA Religion in Global Politics programme and contributes to teaching on the MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation.
An intellectual historian by training, her research interests include religion, gender and race, post- and decolonial thought, religion and politics, and, more recently, approaches to the study of contemporary yoga in relation to discourses of wellbeing, capitalism, and spiritual tourism. She has published extensively on a range of issues related to religion and gender, was the editor for God: Gender (with Macmillan press) which was a multidisciplinary, multi-tradition volume engaging with a wide range of topics connecting conceptions of deity to a variety of issues of gender, and she currently has a monograph in preparation titled Religion, Gender, and Race: A Polemic to be published with Bloomsbury in 2023.