Galen Watts is Head of Graduate Research for SNC-LAB. He is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Queen’s University. Although he has a broad and diverse range of academic interests, his work could be classified as convening at the intersection of political philosophy, religious studies and social theory.
For his Master’s, he sought to articulate and analyze how Canadian millennials (ages 18-34) who self-identify as “spiritual but not religious” conceptualize the relationship between their individual spirituality and their commitments, or lack thereof, to a number of social justice issues. For his PhD, he is continuing to research the basic values, belief-systems, and practices that inform contemporary spirituality among millennials in Canada in order to discern the ideological nature of contemporary spirituality, as well as its social and political implications, broadly understood.