Alison Robertson is a research associate with at the Open University. She recently completed her doctorate exploring BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Submission and Masochism) as a lived form of religion. She is interested in the places where the lines commonly drawn between categories (such as ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’) become blurred or ambiguous and in how such blurring affects the ways people look at the world. Her research interests, other than kink, include lived and personal religion, edgework, and self-inflicted or positive experiences of pain. She has published articles in these areas and is working on a monograph based on her doctoral thesis.