Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Research Supervisors

  • Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion

  • Prof Claude Romano

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    I work mainly in the field of Phenomenology and Philosophical Hermeneutics, but my interests include also the history of metaphysics, the relationships between philosophy and literature and some aspects of Analytic philosophy.
    I am currently working on a book on Selfhood and a book on embodiment and the Lifeworld.

    Phone : 0033146336142 (Melbourne) Email : claude.romano@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Phenomenology ; Phenomenology and Existentialism ; History of Philosophy ; Hermeneutics ; Literature ;

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  • Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

  • Professor Stephen Finlay

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    Institute Director

    Areas of expertise: metaethics; moral psychology; practical reason

    Email: Stephen.finlay@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    My research is focused on topics in metaethics and moral psychology, especially the meaning and use of evaluative language, the nature of normativity, and how our evaluative judgments are related to our desires and motivations.

    I defend the view that evaluative judgments are factual judgments about the world, made from the perspective of our concern for particular ends. Methodologically, I favour the study of natural language as a way of analyzing our evaluative concepts.

    I received my bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Auckland, and my PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001. I have taught at the University of Southern California since 2002, where I also hold the position of Professor.

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  • Professor Peter Fritz

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    Professor

    Areas of expertise :  Logic; metaphysics; philosophy of language

    Location:   ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID :   0000-0001-5785-4013

    Email: peter.fritz@acu.edu.au

    I mainly work in logic, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language. I also have interests in the philosophy of logic and mathematics. Much of my work is on questions concerning modality and existence, and involves modal or higher-order logic.

    I received a BA in philosophy from the University of Konstanz, an MSc in logic from the University of Amsterdam, and a DPhil in philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2015. Before joining ACU in 2020, I was professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. 

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  • Professor Gillian Russell

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    Professor

    Areas of expertise: philosophy of logic and language; epistemology

    Email: Gillian.Russell@acu.edu.au

    Location:  ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6423-0655

    I?m a research professor in the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU, as well as a part-time Professorial Fellow at the Arche Research Centre at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. 

    Before moving to Australia I was Alumni Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  And from 2004-2015 I worked at Washington University in St Louis. 

    I was an undergrad at the University of St Andrews and did my PhD in philosophy at Princeton University (2004).  In 2005 I was a Killam Postdoc at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. 

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  • Dr Sam Baron

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of expertise: metaphysics; philosophy of science; philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of time; metaphilosophy

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID : 0000-0003-4000-3276

    Sam Baron completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Sydney. Since then, he has published widely on topics in metaphysics and philosophy of science, in a range of philosophy journals including Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Philosophical Studies, Philosophers? Imprint, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Quarterly, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Synthese, American Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and Erkenntnis. He holds two large grants from the Australian Research Council: A Discovery Early Career Researcher Award on timelessness in physics and metaphysics and a Discovery Project on time in the scientific and manifest images (held jointly with Kristie Miller and David Braddon-Mitchell from the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney). In media work, he has spoken for TEDx Fremantle, Radio National and RTR FM.

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  • Dr Juhani Yli-Vakkuri

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    Senior Research Fellow

    Areas of expertise: philosophy of language; philosophy of mind; metaphysics; epistemology

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6929-0913

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Juhani Yli-Vakkuri works in metaphysics and epistemology, broadly construed. Much of his work has been concerned with semantic compositionality, vagueness, the interaction of epistemic with objective modalities, the nature of mental content, and the metaphysics and epistemology of modality. 

    Most recently, Dr Yli-Vakkuri?s work has focused on semantic internalism vs. externalism, modal metaphysics, and the idea of vagueness as a special kind of obstacle to knowledge. In Narrow Content (Oxford University Press, 2018), he and John Hawthorne opened up a new line of attack against varieties of semantic internalism, focusing on the theoretical roles internalists had carved out for narrow mental content (mental content determined entirely by the internal state of the subject). In Living on the Edge: Puzzles of Modal Variation (in preparation, co-authored with Cian Dorr and John Hawthorne) he examines a cluster of puzzles in modal metaphysics in the vicinity of Chisholm?s paradox, and defends a novel solution to them that relies on a combination of a plenitudinous ontology (according to which any physical object is coincident with a vast number of other physical objects) and semantic plasticity (according to which nearly all of our words could very easily have had different meanings). In Vagueness and Ignorance (in preparation, co-authored with John Hawthorne) he argues that there is no such thing as vagueness, in the philosophers? various technical senses of `vagueness?, and that the only interesting feature our paradigms of vagueness have in common is that they concern facts that are, for a variety of reasons, `too difficult to know?.

    Dr Yli-Vakkuri received his bachelor?s degree from UCLA, and his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2012. He has worked at the University of Oslo, Bielefeld University, and the University of Tartu, where he also holds the position of Professor of Philosophy of Language.

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  • Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

  • Prof Lewis Ayres

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    Professor Lewis Ayres 

    Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Affiliate: Religion and Theology

    lewis.ayres@acu.edu.au

    MA (Hons) Classics (St And), DPhil (Oxon)

    Lewis Ayres is an ACU Professorial Fellow, where he leads the Modes of Knowing project. He is also Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology and Head of Department in Durham University?s Department of Theology and Religion. He has taught in the UK, US and Ireland. The core of his research has been Trinitarian theology in Augustine and in the Greek writers of the fourth century. On this theme he has published a number of articles and Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Trinitarian Theology (Oxford University Press, 2004/6). In 2010 he also published Augustine and the Trinity (Cambridge University Press).

    His current research concerns the development of early Christian cultures of interpretation between 100 and 250. He is currently working on a book entitled As It Is Written: Ancient Literary Criticism and the Rise of Scripture AD 100-250 (for Princeton University Press).

    The same project will result in a book on modern Catholic debates about the relationship between the reading of Scripture, Tradition and the nature of theology.

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  • Professor Roger Crisp

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    Professorial Fellow

    Areas of expertise: ethics; political philosophy; practical ethics

    Email: roger.crisp@acu.edu.au

    Professor Roger Crisp is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne?s College, Oxford. His work falls principally within the field of ethics, in particular metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. 

    Professor Crisp was President of the Mind Association, 2017-18, and is Chair of the Management Committee of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

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  • Professor Peter Howard

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    Institute Director

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies
    Religion and Theology (acting director)

    Areas of expertise: Renaissance preaching; religion in Florence in the fifteenth century; Italian Renaissance history, with a focus on Florence; medieval and early modern sermon studies; medieval and early modern intellectual history; religious and ecclesiastical history; historical theology

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9276-2608

    Email: peter.howard-irci@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Peter Howard is a historian of Renaissance Italy and of medieval thought with a particular interest in developing new paths for exploring culture, especially in its religious, visual and oral/aural performative aspects. He holds a PhD in history from Monash University (1991) and completed advanced studies in theology through Catholic Theological College (MCD University of Divinity, 1972-80). His 40 publications to date include two sole-authored books, with a third for release in 2020, a published named-lecture, and three edited collections and a number forthcoming. He has been a Fellow and also Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, a Fellow of the European University Institute, Florence, and a visiting scholar at the Istituto per le scienze religiose, Bologna. His numerous presentations at international conferences include the Etienne Gilson Memorial Lecture at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto (2011) and a conference in the Vatican on the Sistine Chapel (2015). He has been chief investigator on a number of Australian Research Council grants, including his current ARC Discovery project on `The visual art of preaching in the Sistine Chapel in the fifteenth century?. He is also a member of the steering group of the SCISMA Project (Strategies of survival: The papal curia and ecclesiastical institutions of Rome in the Great Western Schism (1378-1417)) funded by the Academy of Finland (2019-2023).

    Prior to his appointment as Director of IRCI at ACU, Peter was founding Director of Monash University?s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2012-2019), Convener of The Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2010-2019), Director of the `Body in the City, 1100-1800? Research Program (2016-19), and Deputy Dean and Interim Dean (2013-2017) in the Faculty of Arts. Peter?s contribution to higher education and pedagogy has been recognized by awards from Monash University in undergraduate teaching (including 2012 Vice-Chancellor?s Award), honours supervision (2017 Vice-Chancellors Award), and postgraduate supervision (2009 Faculty Award). During his time at Monash he supervised to completion 13 PhD students, 8 Masters by research, and 53 honours students.

    He is General Editor of Routledge's new Body in the City Series (with John Henderson), and was General Editor of Brepols Publishers (Belgium) Europa Sacra series (2009-19) and now continues as a board member.

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  • Professor Christopher Ocker

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Director
    Medieval and Early Modern Studies

    Areas of expertise: late medieval and early modern Europe; Central Europe; the Reformations; religious conflict; property; politics; theology; biblical interpretation

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1736-835X

    Phone: +61 3 9230 8420

    Email: chris.ocker@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    A historian of religion in medieval and early modern Europe, Professor Ocker?s research and publications focus on Christianity before the Enlightenment. He has special interest in the Reformation, its background, and the gradual change of religious and intellectual cultures in the medieval and early modern periods.

    Before coming to ACU, Professor Ocker was Chair of the Department of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and Professor of History at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has been a von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for History, fellow of the Institute of European History in Mainz and the Institute for Advanced Study in Constance, and a visiting scholar at Cambridge and the American Academy in Rome. 

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  • Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Research Fellow
    Religion and Theology

    Areas of expertise: religion and society; religious ethics; theological ethics; political theology; theology and ecology; environmental ethics; religion and democracy; literature and theology; ethnography

    Email: alda.balthrop-lewis@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9017-2655

    Alda Balthrop-Lewis is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. Before coming to ACU she completed a B.A. at Stanford University, a M.Div. at The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. at Princeton University in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. She has taught in the Religious Studies department at Brown University, and she has worked as a research assistant for the Peabody Award-winning public radio program On Being, produced in the United States.

    Her research focuses on religious ethics and the circulation of ideas among theological, artistic, and popular idioms. Her forthcoming book, Thoreau?s Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism (Cambridge University Press), treats Henry David Thoreau as an inheritor of traditional ascetic practices, and argues that his asceticism is politically relevant ? both in his period and for contemporary environmental ethics.

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  • Dr Stephen Carlson

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Dr Carlson is a research fellow in the Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry with a focus on the New Testament and Early Christianity. Generally, his research interests in Christian origins concern the production and use of early Christian documents, including the composition, transmission, and canonization of the texts that make up the New Testament.

    Dr Carlson's particular areas of interest include the formation of the Pauline collection, the Synoptic problem, and early Christian witnesses to the development of the canon. He is also interested in the Greek language of early Christian texts, particularly the application of contemporary linguistic theory for exegesis and textual criticism on such topics as information structure, discourse cohesion, and verbal semantics.

    Phone : 3991 (Melbourne) Email : stephen.carlson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    New Testament, Early Christianity ;

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  • Dr Matthew Champion

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Senior Research Fellow
    Medieval and Early Modern Studies

    Areas of expertise: history; medieval and early modern studies; temporalities; gender studies; history of the senses; sound studies; visual and material culture; history and theory

    Email: matthew.champion@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    After studying classics, history and music at the University of Melbourne, I moved to London in 2010 to write my doctorate in medieval history at Queen Mary, University of London. After a Junior Research Fellowship at St Catharine?s College, Cambridge, I took up a Lectureship in Medieval History at Birkbeck, University of London in 2016. In 2020 I returned to Melbourne to a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

    My research to date has focused on how time was perceived and experienced from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. I?m particularly interested in how focusing on temporality alters our understandings of gender, space, affect, the senses, and mediality. My first book, The Fullness of Time: Temporalities of the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries was published in late 2017, and was awarded the 2018 Gladstone Prize from the Royal Historical Society. My second book, scheduled to appear in late 2020, is co-authored with colleagues in Leuven and Oxford and addresses fierce debates over chronology and the calendar at the University of Leuven in the late fifteenth century. I am currently writing a third book that investigates global sound cultures of time between 1300 and 1600, supported by a major Australian Research Council grant, ?The Sounds of Time?. As part of my wider work on time, I am also currently preparing studies on the relationship of the clock to the bodies of holy women (Mary and St Catharine), and on the temporalities of nostalgia in fifteenth-century northern European secular song.

    In addition to my work on time, I also work on the history of medieval religious reform and heresy, particularly the history of witchcraft and demonology, the history of gender, senses and emotions, and the history of sound, visual culture and liturgy.

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  • Dr Michael Champion

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    Director, ACU Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
    Biblical and Early Christian Studies & Medieval and Early Modern Studies

    Areas of Expertise: early Christianity; late-antique and medieval history; ancient philosophy; Classical to Byzantine cultural and intellectual history; history of emotions; history of violence; Classical receptions 

    Phone: +61 3 9230 8226

    Email: michael.champion@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    BSc., BA(Hons), MA (Melb), BD(Hons), AKC, PhD (Lond)

    I specialise in early Christian studies and the philosophy, history, culture, and reception of the ancient Mediterranean world up to Byzantium.

    After studying Mathematical Physics, Classics, Late-Antique Studies and Theology in Melbourne and London, I taught Classics and Medieval Studies at the University of Western Australia (2009?2015). I joined ACU?s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry in 2015. In 2016 I was an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and I now lead ACU?s Node of that Research Centre.

    My research investigates interactions between ancient philosophy and early Christian thought, late-antique education and monasticism, ancient ethics, the history of violence, the history of emotions, and classical reception studies. I welcome graduate students in each of these areas.

    In work on late-antique Gaza, I study the thought and influence of Dorotheus, a sixth-century monk, including his reception by Jesuit humanists. The larger project aims to advance understanding of late-antique education through an investigation of Dorotheus? ascetic pedagogy. It will result in the monograph Dorotheus of Gaza and Ascetic Education, forthcoming with Oxford Early Christian Studies.

    A project on ethical alternatives to the just war tradition asks how successive classical and Christian cultures conceptualised justice in war, investigates the relationship between concepts of justice and equity, and intersects with a collaborative study of Hellenistic cultural perceptions of violence and genocide in antiquity.

    In emotions studies, I am interested in intersections between affect theory, health humanities, and history of emotions.

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  • Dr Stephanie Collins

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of expertise: moral, social, and political philosophy

    Email: Stephanie.collins@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with First Class Honours, and a Master of Public Policy with First Class Honours, both from University of Auckland. I received my PhD from the Australian National University in 2013. Prior to joining ACU in April 2018, I held a continuing position as Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester.

    My research primarily concerns the philosophy of groups, that is, how we should conceptualise groups? ontological status, mental and epistemic capacities, agency, responsibility, and duties. I?m keenly interested in applying these conceptualisations to states and businesses. My side interests include feminist philosophy, moral demandingness, and the nature of individuals? obligations in the face of moral collective action problems.

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  • Dr Kylie Crabbe

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    Research Fellow
    Biblical and Early Christian Studies

    Areas of expertise: Gospels and Acts (New Testament and non-canonical); Second Temple Judaism; apocalypses; historiography; reception history; disability studies; feminist biblical interpretation

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5223-4138

    Phone: +61 3 9230 8397

    Email: kylie.crabbe@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    BA (Melb.), BTheol, AdvDipMin, MTheol (MCD), DPhil (Oxon.)

    Kylie Crabbe is a Senior Research Fellow in Biblical and Early Christian Studies. After her undergraduate studies (in Criminology, Psychology, and Theology at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne College of Divinity) she undertook a Master of Theology (in New Testament Studies), ordained Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia in 2010, and engaged in congregational ministry in Melbourne. Following doctoral study at the University of Oxford, Kylie was Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford, from 2015-2017, with additional responsibilities as Instructor in New Testament Greek for the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University (2016), Assistant Welfare Dean at Trinity College, Oxford (2017), and Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Theological Studies (2013-2016). She then began work as Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University in late 2017.

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  • Dr Matthew Crawford

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    Program Director
    Biblical and Early Christian Studies

    Areas of expertise: New Testament studies; Christianity in late antiquity; patristic exegesis; development of the doctrine of the Trinity; Diatessaron; Christian engagement with ancient philosophy; Tatian; Eusebius; Cyril of Alexandria

    Phone: +61 399533142

    Email: matthew.crawford@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2888-2071

    Matthew R. Crawford completed his PhD in Church History and Historical Theology at Durham University in 2013. He then took up a three-year postdoc position funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council in Durham before coming to ACU in 2015. He has published on ancient Christianity from the second to the fifth centuries, including monographs on Cyril of Alexandria and the Eusebian Canon Tables, and articles on Tatian the Assyrian and his so-called Diatessaron. He is currently preparing the first ever English translation of Cyril?s massive apologetic treatise titled Against Julian, which he plans to follow with a monograph on Christianity and Neoplatonism in the early fifth century.

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  • Dr Benjamin Edsall

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    Senior Research Fellow
    Biblical and Early Christian Studies

    Areas of expertise: Pauline literature; early Christian gospels; New Testament reception; early Christian interpretation; hermeneutics

    ORCID ID : 0000-0001-8321-9312

    Phone: (03) 9953 3855

    Email: benjamin.edsall@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Benjamin Edsall, Senior Research Fellow in the IRCI, studied music and philosophy at the University of Oregon before turning to New Testament Studies while pursuing his MCS at Regent College (Vancouver, Canada). For his doctoral work, he attended the University of Oxford, where he earned his DPhil in 2013. After completing his degree, Dr Edsall held a Departmental Lectureship in Oxford, as a member of Keble College, during which time his first book was published as Paul?s Witness to Formative Early Christian Instruction (Mohr Siebeck, 2014). In late 2014, Dr. Edsall moved to Australian Catholic University, initially as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2017 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung fellowship to go to Berlin and complete the manuscript for his second book, which appeared in 2019 as The Reception of Paul and Early Christian Initiation: History and Hermeneutics (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition to his two monographs, he is the author of numerous articles in journals such as Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and Journal of Theological Studies. His research interests in Biblical and Early Christian Studies are broad, covering Pauline Literature, early Christian gospel literature, early Christian reception, the formation of Christian and Jewish scriptures, Jewish-Christian relations in antiquity, and philosophical hermeneutics.

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  • Dr Sarah Gador-Whyte

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    Research Fellow
    Biblical and Early Christian Studies

    Areas of expertise: late-antique and Byzantine hymnography and homiletics; Byzantine liturgy; late-antique cultural interactions; late-antique history and historiography; religious conflict; history of emotions

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2935-653X

    Phone: +61(03)99533307

    Email: Sarah.gadorwhyte@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    After studying classics and applied mathematics at the University of Melbourne, I completed a PhD on a late-antique hymnographer, Romanos the Melodist. This project, which studied the rhetoric and thought of a significant Byzantine liturgical writer, combined rhetorical and theological analysis with a historical understanding and awareness of the performative nature of his compositions. My book, Theology and Poetry in Early Byzantium, which arose out of my PhD dissertation, is published by Cambridge University Press. I am interested in cultural interactions in late antiquity. My work on Romanos placed him in the complex context of late antique liturgical writings, focusing on religious clashes, theological disputes and inheritance and literary influences, and explored the use of dialogue as an investigative, exploratory and exegetical tool. I have also worked on dialogue texts in times of religious conflict: the forced baptism of Jews under the emperor Heraclius. I continue to work on Romanos and Byzantine homiletics and hymnography. In addition, a new project again focuses on religious interaction through dialogue, this time at the beginning of Islamic rule. Both these projects currently contribute to the ACURF Modes of Knowing project at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

  • Dr David Newheiser

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    Research Fellow
    Religion and Theology

    Areas of expertise: religious ethics; Continental philosophy; philosophy of religion; political theology; gender and sexuality; early Christian thought

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8024-7964

    Email: david.newheiser@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    My research addresses ethical and political questions in light of Christian thought and continental philosophy. I joined the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry in 2015. Before coming to ACU, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin; before that, I received a PhD in Religion from the University of Chicago and an MPhil in early Christian thought from Oxford.

    I am particularly interested in the political significance of practices of self-critique such as deconstruction and negative theology. My work so far has focused on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Dionysius the Areopagite, but my interests are broad and interdisciplinary. I am also pursuing ongoing research projects on the subjects of atheistic art, the role of passion in politics, and the history of sexuality.

    My first book, Hope in a Secular Age, responds to contemporary critiques of religion by developing a constructive account of hope. Against dogmatic complacency and despairing resignation, I argue that hope sustains commitments that remain vulnerable to disappointment ? whether those commitments are religious, political, or interpersonal. In my view, because the discipline of hope is shared by believers and unbelievers alike, its persistence indicates that faith has a future in a secular age.

    From 2016-2019 I led the ACU-funded research project ?Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic.? Through a series of successor projects, my work continues to explore possibilities for constructive engagement between atheism and religious thought. I have published articles on secularism, sexuality, neoliberalism, love, and the intersection of theory and art.

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  • Dr Richard Rowland

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    My published work deals with reasons, value, the relationship between reasons and value, the moral error theory, and epistemic normativity. I am currently completing a manuscript in which I give the first book-length defence of the buck-passing account of value, according to which goodness and value can be analysed in terms of normative reasons.

    The focus of my current research is the meta-ethical consequences of moral disagreement. I argue that moral disagreement has important meta-ethical and ethical consequences, but these consequences are rather more nuanced than has been previously argued. I am also working on reasons fundamentalism and a formal account of wrongness.

    Phone : 3855 (Melbourne) Email : Richard.Rowland@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Applied Ethics ; Ethics ; metaethics ; normativity ; Political philosophy ; moral psychology ; normative ethics ;

  • Dr Darren Sarisky

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    Senior Research Fellow
    Religion and Theology

    Areas of expertise: theological interpretation of Scripture; nature of Christian doctrine; ecclesiology

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9863-3401

    Phone: +613 9230 8391

    Email: darren.sarisky@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Dr Darren Sarisky is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. Prior to coming to Australian Catholic University, he was a Departmental Lecturer in Modern Theology at the University of Oxford. While in this role, he received a teaching excellence award for pioneering a new module for the Faculty of Theology and Religion called Key Themes in Systematic Theology. He has also been a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. During this time, he served as the Co-director of the MPhil in Christian Theology and supervised the work of several research postgraduates.

    Dr Sarisky?s primary area of research is theological interpretation of Scripture. In 2019, he published a book that explores the difference a faith commitment makes for the practice of interpreting the Bible: Reading the Bible Theologically (Cambridge University Press). He has also published several essays that explore different aspect of the broader subject. Some of these articles focus on modern figures and questions about reading the Bible in interfaith settings, while others deal with issues of interpretation as they manifested themselves in the earliest centuries of Christian theology. Dr Sarisky has recently published an edited volume called Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal (T. & T. Clark, 2017), which investigates forms of theology that make frequent reference to classical texts from the Christian tradition when dealing with contemporary questions. At present, he is working on a project on theological genealogies of modernity, and he is beginning a new monograph on the doctrine of the church.

    Dr Sarisky?s research has been supported by grants from the University of Oxford?s John Fell Fund, the Strategic Fund of Oxford?s Faculty of Theology and Religion, the Church of England, and most recently Australian Catholic University. 

    He currently serves on the steering committee for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture section of the Society of Biblical Literature (US) and has been on the executive committee for the Society for the Study of Theology (UK).

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  • Dr Devin White

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    Research Fellow
    Biblical and Early Christian Studies

    Areas of expertise: Pauline epistles; biblical reception history; early Christian biblical interpretation; theological interpretation of scripture

    ORCID ID : 0000-0003-0922-0010

    Email: Devin.White@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    I received my Ph.D. in 2017 from the Religion Department at Emory University, where I specialized in New Testament Studies with a minor concentration in Early Christianity. Prior to that, I received an M.T.S. in Biblical Studies from Candler School of Theology and a B.A. in Classics from Grand Valley State University.

    My research interests include the letters of Paul, Luke-Acts, Biblical Reception History, Early Christian Biblical Interpretation, and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture. My first monograph explored Paul?s use of ancient educational motifs in 1 Corinthians. Paul, I argue, adapts terminology common in ancient educational discourse to characterize the Corinthian community as a school for the formation of Christian character. I have also published papers on the phenomenon of ambiguous prophecy in Acts and on various early Christian receptions of Scripture.

    My current major project rearticulates Paul?s biblical hermeneutic in conversation with his great third-century interpreter, Origen of Alexandria. Where most modern scholarship explains Paul?s exegesis either by isolating his reading methods or his theological presuppositions, Origen explains Paul?s insight into the law and the prophets as a result of his participation in the Logos. 

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  • Office of the Dean of Theology and Philosophy

  • Associate Professor Robyn Horner

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Associate Professor
    Religion and Theology

    Areas of expertise: fundamental theology; Continental philosophy; hermeneutic phenomenology; poststructuralism; enhancing Catholic School identity

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9189-1600

    Phone: +61 3 9953 3130

    Email: robyn.horner@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Robyn Horner is a teaching and research academic with extensive experience in academic leadership. Her research focuses on the intersections of continental philosophy with theology, especially through the use of hermeneutic phenomenology, together with a variety of post-structuralist tools of critique. She is currently completing a monograph on revelation, and an edited book on the relationship between atheism and experience. Robyn Horner teaches and supervises in the area of enhancing Catholic identity, post-structuralism and French phenomenology, and theological recontextualisation.


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  • Dr Irfan Ahmad

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Irfan Ahmad (Ph.D., cum laude, University of Amsterdam) is Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at the Institute for Religion and Critical Enquiry, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, ACU, Melbourne. Earlier, he was a senior lecturer in politics at Monash University, Australia where he taught for nearly five years. Before moving to Australia, he taught at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam. He was a Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Irfan is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Princeton University Press, 2009) which was short-listed for the 2011 ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars) Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences. His numerous research articles have appeared in leading international/global journals such as Anthropological Theory, Citizenship Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Modern Asian Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Politics, Religion, Ideology, Seminar and The Annual of Urdu Studies.He is a contributor to the prestigious The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Irfan is on the Editorial Committee of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Associate Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. He has held visiting fellowship and other positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany and The Graduate Centre, CUNY, New York. Irfan contributes to debates in the media such as AL-Jazeera, BBC, The Times of India, Open Democracy and his interviews have appeared in Dutch, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Turkish and Urdu media.

    Phone : 3141 (Melbourne) Email : Irfan.Ahmad@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Religion, Politics, Anthropology, West, Islam ; Social Movements, India, South Asia, Democracy ; Media, Modernity, Social/Political Theories ; Violence:State & Non-State, Nation, Liberalism ;

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  • School of Philosophy

  • Dr Richard Colledge

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Philosophy of religion; 19-20th century German philosophy, especially Martin Heidegger; the history of western metaphysics; philosophical psychology.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7569 (Brisbane) Email : richard.colledge@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Philosophy of Religion ; Phenomenology ; Metaphysics (Ontology) ; Hermeneutics ; Philosophical Psychology ; History of Philosophy ;

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  • Dr N.N. (Nick) Trakakis

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    After completing undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology, I undertook a PhD in Philosophy at Monash University, working on the problem of evil under Professor Graham Oppy. A revised version of my doctorate was published as "The God Beyond Belief" by Springer in 2007. I continued my research in philosophy at postdoctoral level at Monash, and at the Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame over 2006-2007, where I completed the bulk of my second book, "The End of Philosophy of Religion" (Continuum, 2008). After two years in a joint appointment at Deakin and Monash Universities, I took up my current position at ACU at the beginning of 2011.

    Phone : 3263 (Melbourne) Email : Nick.Trakakis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Philosophy of Religion ;

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  • School of Theology

  • Professor Ismail Albayrak

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Ismail received his PhD degree from Leeds University in 2000. He works on Islamic studies and specifically on Qur'anic Studies, Classical exegesis, Contemporary Approaches to the Qur'an and Orientalism. He is also interested in the place of Muslim communities and their activites in Globalizing World together with the study of interfaith dialogue.

    Phone : 3884 (Melbourne) Email : Ismail.Albayrak@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Islamic Studies ; Qur'anic Studies ; Interfaith Dialogue ; Muslims in Modern World ; Gulen (Hizmet) Movement ; Islamic Mysticism ;

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  • Professor Peta Goldburg

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Peta Goldburg is the foundation Professor of Religious Education at Australian Catholic Unversity. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music she was a music specialist with the Queensland education department. She began her study in religious education and theology in 1983. Peta has extensive teaching expereince at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Peta's particular expertise is in developing pedagogy for religious education. Her doctoral thesis was in the area of Religious Education and the Creative Arts and her research interests include religion and the arts, world religions particulalry Judaism, and creative pedagogies.

    Peta has played a significant role in curriculum development for teach religion for the Queensland Studies Authority, writing the syllabus for Study of Religion and Religious Ethics in 2000,2008 and in the revision of Religion and Ethics 2014. In 2010, she was invited by Cambridge University Press to write the text book for Study of Religion entitled Investigating Religion, and in 2012 she published Exploring Religion and Ethics for Senior Secondary students. She is currently writing four books for junior secondary religious education entitled Discovering Religion.

    Phone : 07 3623 7303 (Brisbane) Email : peta.goldburg@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Religious Education and the Arts; Biblical Women; ;

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  • Professor Clare Johnson

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Liturgical inculturation, liturgical theology, liturgical music.

    Phone : (03) 9230-8186 (Melbourne) Email : Clare.Johnson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Liturgical Inculturation ; Liturgical Theology ; Liturgical Music ;

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  • Prof Dermot Anthony Nestor

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    I completed my PhD on the theme of Israelite Identity at Trinity College Dublin under Prof. A.D.H. Mayes. I taught at Trinity College for several years following completion of my doctoral degree as well as at several other institutions in Ireland and one period at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
    I moved to Australia with my wife and two young sons in June of 2011 to take up a position at the Strathfield campus of ACU.
    I am currently Executive Dean for the Faculty of Theology & Philosophy at ACU.
    My research interests, though anchored in the history and religion of ancient Israel, are wholly interdisciplinary and encompass material culture studies through to the cultural historical perspective of Pierre Bourdieu.
    I am interested in queries from prospective students on any aspect of either Old Testament study or early Judaism.

    Phone : 4510 (Strathfield) Email : dermot.nestor@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Ancient Israelite history and religion ; Ancient Israelite identity ; Social scientific perspectives on the Old Testamen ; archaeology and material culture studies ; 2nd Temple Judaism ; Popular cultural appropriations of Biblical texts ; Methods of historical reconstruction ; Cognitive Psychology ; Pierre Bourdieu ; Symbolic Violence ;

  • Professor David Sim

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    New Testament Studies, especially the Gospel of Matthew; Jewish and Early Christian History

    Phone : (03) 9953 3139 (Melbourne) Email : David.Sim@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    New Testament Studies ; New Testament ; Gospel of Matthew ; Matthew ; Jewish ; Gospel ; Jewish and Early Christian History ; Early Christian History ; Christian ; Christianity ; Jewish History ;

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  • Dr Michael Buchanan

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    My research agenda is driven by the thing I am most passionate about and that is student achievement in religious education through holistic engagement and deep learning. Learning in religious education has the potential to transform lives and learned people transform society in significant ways. My research program explores certain areas pertaining to the advancement of successful student learning. These areas include leadership in religious education and leadership in faith-based schools. Leadership in these areas demands all the education skills and expertise required of educational leadership in other schooling systems and contexts as well as the ability to integrate the faith and religious culture of the school within an educational environment. Effective leadership is oriented towards successful student achievement and my research explores key dimensions of leadership that are integral to leaders and aspiring leaders. The leadership dimensions under investigation in my research include: spiritual leadership, religious leadership, faith leadership, ministerial leadership, curriculum leadership and educational leadership. Teachers and the formation of teachers is also extremely relevant to successful student achievement and my research also encompasses the professional growth of pre-service and in-service teachers through reflective practices such as peer review.

    Research and interest fields
    Leadership and Religious Schools (e.g. Leadership and religious schools: International perspectives and challenges, 2013)
    Reflective Practice and Religious Education (e.g. Pre-service teachers' perceptions of the benefits of peer review, 2012)
    Religious Values and Culture (e.g. The impact of cultural religious Values upon Pre-service teachers perceptions of their role as educators in Catholic religious schools, 2011)
    Curriculum Change in Religious Education (e.g. Managing curriculum change in religious education: An inside perspective from school leaders in religious education, 2010)
    Ministerial dimension of RE leadership (e.g. Ministerial leadership: A dimension of leadership in religious education, 2011)
    Spiritual dimension of RE Leadership (e.g. Attending to the spiritual dimension to enhance curriculum change, 2010)
    Student Learning in Religious Education (e.g. Learning beyond the surface: Engaging the cognitive, affective and spiritual dimensions within the curriculum, 2008)

    Phone : (03) 9953 3294 (Melbourne) Email : Michael.Buchanan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Curriculum ; Managing Curriculum Change ; Curriculum Leadership ; Religious Education Leadership ; Leadership in Faith-based Schools ; Formation and Professional Growth of Educators ; Religious Education ;

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  • Dr Kee-Fook (Edmund) Chia

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Edmund Chia is originally from Malaysia. He served as executive secretary of interreligious dialogue for the Asian Bishops' Conferences from 1996-2004. He then joined Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where he last served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Doctrinal Studies department. Since 2011 he has been on the faculty of the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

    Phone : 3432 (Melbourne) Email : Edmund.Chia@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Systematic Theology ; Interfaith Dialogue ; Asian Theology ; Contextual Theology ; Schillebeeckx ; Comparative Religions ; Study of Religion ; World Religions ; Mission and Inculturation ; Psychology of Religion ; Faith Development ; Vatican II ; Christology ; Integral Spirituality ;

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  • Dr Gemma Cruz

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Dr Gemma Cruz

    Religion and Theology

    gemma.cruz@acu.edu.au

    BSc, MA, PhD

    Gemma Cruz is a former Fellow at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. Her main area of research is migration theologies. She also does research in missiology, liberationist theologies, Asian theologies, and theologies on women and gender issues.

    Gemma?s research projects include ?Faith on the Move: Christianity and the Intercultural Church,? (ACURF) ?Asian Catholicism and Globalization? (ACU-IRPS and Georgetown?s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs), and ?Christian Mission and Multicultural Relations? (Australian Theology Research Foundation, Inc).

    Gemma is also the Coordinator of the research project ?Mission and Evangelisation in the Context of Migration: Asian Perspectives? which is funded by the Centro Internazionale di Animazione Missionaria (CIAM), a centre in the Vatican. Other upcoming research projects include ?Women and Mission: The Feminine Genius? for the Oxford Handbook of Mission Studies and ?Contemporary Theologies of Migration? for the book Christianity and the Law of Migration, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

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  • Dr Maeve Louise Heaney

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Dr. Maeve Louise Heaney is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, and Director of the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation. She is a consecrated missionary of a Catholic Institute for Consecrated Life, the Verbum Dei Community.

    She completed her licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, during which time she was doctoral representative and a member of the university Senate. She has taught both at the Gregorian and at the Rome Base of the Catholic University of Dallas. She was Bannan Fellow 2011-2012 at Santa Clara University, California, teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

    As a musician and composer, she interweaves the fields of theological aesthetics, spirituality and the arts, with a specialisation in the symbolic form of music in theological reflection.

    Phone : 7297 (Brisbane) Email : maeve.heaney@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Theological aesthetics ; Music as Theology ; fundamental theology ; Spirituality ; Bernard Lonergan ; Theologies of Leadership ;

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  • Dr Joel Hodge

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Phone : (Melbourne) Email : Joel.Hodge@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Ren?? Girard's mimetic theory ; East Timor (Timor-Leste) ; Political Theology ; Ecclesiology ; Christian faith & violence ; Catholic Identity and Mission ; Atonement ; Young People and Youth Ministry ;

  • Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

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    Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer 

    Religion and Theology

    christiaan.jacobsvandegeer@acu.edu.au

    BA (UKY), MA (Xavier), PhD (Theol) (St. Michael?s), GCHE (ACU)

    Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is a researcher in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU?s Melbourne campus. His primary areas of interest are the theology of grace, interreligious dialogue and the thought and legacy of Bernard J. F. Lonergan.

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  • Dr David Kirchhoffer

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre
    Religion and Theology

    Areas of expertise: ethics; moral theology; practical theology; human dignity; autonomy

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2902-2513

    Phone: +617 3623 7574

    Email: David.Kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    Since 2017, Dr David Kirchhoffer has been the Director of the Queensland Bioethics Centre, a collaboration between Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the Archdiocese of Brisbane. He is a faculty member of the ACU?s School of Theology and Philosophy. Dr Kirchhoffer is a member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and currently co-investigator on the five-year project: `Redeeming Autonomy: Agency, Vulnerability, and Relationality,? funded and hosted by ACU. This project investigates the limits of the concepts of autonomy and respect for autonomy in contemporary ethics. Since 2016, he has been appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a Roman Catholic Commissioner on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, where he forms part of the sub-commission working on moral discernment in the churches.

    David Kirchhoffer's primary research focus is on the meaning and relevance of the concept of human dignity, and contemporary understandings of the human person in contemporary ethics, in the fields of biomedical ethics, business ethics, social ethics, and personal ethics. More recently this has developed in the direction of the limitations of respect for autonomy.

    Dr Kirchhoffer completed his doctoral studies in theological ethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. Upon completion of his doctorate, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at KULeuven. Dr Kirchhoffer was a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore in 2015 and a senior research associate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.  

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  • Dr Michael Theophilos

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Senior Lecturer, Biblical and Early Christian Studies

    Areas of expertise: New Testament studies; ancient languages (Greek, Hebrew, Latin); Greek lexicography; numismatics; papyrology; epigraphy

    Phone: +613 9953 3371

    Email: michael.theophilos@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Michael P. Theophilos is a New Testament scholar with particular interest in Greco-Roman material culture, especially papyri and ancient coinage, for the purposes of illuminating the historical, linguistic, and social setting of early Christianity. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Oxford University (2008) and has completed further studies in several ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Coptic, Hebrew, Ugaritic, and Akkadian).

    His 30 publications to date include three sole-authored books, with two further volumes forthcoming. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow of the Hebrew University (2006), Kenyon Archaeological Institute in Jerusalem (2009), University of Cambridge (2012), as well as having regular invitations to conduct specialist seminars on numismatics, epigraphy and papyrology. Recent invitations include the University of Oxford (2016), University of Zurich (2017), Trinity College Dublin (2018), and Macquarie University (2020). His 47 to date peer-reviewed international conference presentations have been delivered throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

    He has been recipient of several prestigious national and international awards, including an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching biblical languages and history (2012), the Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) Australian overall winner (2014), and most recently the recipient of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship (2019). He is also the curator of papyrological materials at the Australian Institute of Archaeology and chair of the Program Unit in Biblical Lexicography at the Annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.


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  • Rev Dr James McEvoy

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    Rev. Dr James McEvoy

    Religion and Theology
    james.mcevoy@acu.edu.au

    PhD (Flinders)
    James McEvoy is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, lectures in systematic theology, and is a priest of the Adelaide Archdiocese. For almost two decades prior to 2014 he taught at Catholic Theological College and Flinders University Department of Theology. His doctoral thesis was in the fields of theological and philosophical anthropology, studying the works of Karl Rahner and Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor. His current research studies the place of religion in the contemporary West and the church?s understanding of its role and social relationships in that context. In progress is a monograph on culture, transcendence, and violence today, provisionally titled Believing in a Secular Age.
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  • Rev Assoc. Prof Orm Rush

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Associate Professor
    Religion and Theology

    Areas of expertise: hermeneutics; Vatican II; the sense of the faithful, sensus fidelium; Magisterium; biblical inspiration; historical Jesus; church-world relationship; theology of history; development of doctrine; theology of imagination; Trinity; Christology; ecclesiology; faith; theological method; foundational theology; theology of reception; pneumatology; Holy Spirit; revelation; tradition; theology of scripture.

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2091-6027

    Phone: +61 7 3623 7568

    Email: orm.rush@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    Ormond Rush is a priest of the diocese of Townsville, Australia, with a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University, Rome. He taught theology at the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary in Banyo, Australia, from 1991 to 2000, was appointed Dean of the ecumenical consortium, the Brisbane College of Theology, from 1998 to 2001, and President of St Paul?s Theological College, Banyo, from 2001 to 2006. He was elected President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association for three terms from 2007-2010. He currently lectures in theology at the Brisbane campus of ACU.

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  • Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel

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    Associate Professor Salih Yucel is a part-time lecturer (0.4) in Islamic Studies at ACU, and Islamic Studies lecturer (0.6) at Charles Sturt University. He got Bachelor of Islamic Studies from the University of Ankara in 1982. He completed Master of Theology at the University of Sydney in 1996 and his Doctorate at Boston University in 2007. His doctoral research was about the effects of prayer on Muslim patient's well-beings. He worked as a lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Monash University between 2008-2014. A/Professor Yucel is the author of four books, co-author of one book and number of book chapters and articles. Currently, he is the Principal Supervisor of six and co-supervisor of three PhD students at ACU, Charles Sturt, Monash and Deakin University. For his detail click https://csu-au.academia.edu/SalihYucel

    Phone : 0411864606 (Melbourne) Email : salih.yucel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Islamic Theology, Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis)hadith ; Islamic Movements, Islamic spirituality ;

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