Dee is Professor of the History of Christianity, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture (CSCC) and Director of the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Her research interests and publications include the history, experience and meaning of pilgrimage from the earliest centuries to the present day; the interaction of Christian belief and practice with Western culture; and the multiple roles of parish churches and cathedrals in England, both past and present.
She has edited four major interactive resources which explore the history, material culture and influence of Christianity, particularly in England, 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’. Her recent publications include The Dynamics of Pilgrimage: Christianity, Holy Places and Sensory Experience. Routledge, 2020, and Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals, Past, Present and Future. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020 (co-edited with Dr John Jenkins).
Dee served as Principal Investigator on a large 3-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded interdisciplinary research project on Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present, and two AHRC Follow-On projects: 'The Becket Connection,' and 'Engaging with Place and Managing Space.' She is also Principal Investigator on the cross-disciplinary 'COVID-19, Churches and Communities' research and impact project (2020-22).
With CSCC Co-Director Dr Kate Giles, Dee oversees Christianity and Culture’s wide-ranging programme of research- based heritage interpretation partnerships with cathedrals, churches and other institutions, and provides advice and consultancy to churches and cathedrals at local and national level.