Dee is Professor of the History of Christianity, National Lead on Church Strategy and Outreach for the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, and Co-Director of the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Her publications cover the history of pilgrimage through the centuries; the interaction of Christian belief and practice with Western culture; and the multifaceted contribution of churches and cathedrals, past and present. She has led major research projects, including ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present,’ which initiated significant change in guidance and practice nationally; and ‘Churches, COVID-19, and Communities’ which supported policy responses to the pandemic.
Dee edited four major interactive resources exploring the history, material culture and influence of Christianity and is a series editor of the Boydell and Brewer ‘Christianity and Culture’ series, and of the ‘Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism’. Recent publications include The Dynamics of Pilgrimage: Christianity, Holy Places and Sensory Experience, and Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals, Past, Present and Future.
With other CSCC team members, Dee provides consultancy to cathedrals and other churches, including project scoping and delivery, and training for staff and volunteers.