Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Research Supervisors

  • Centre for Early Christian Studies

  • Professor Pauline Allen

    My research interests include Early Christian literary genres, especially homilies, letters, hagiographies, and ecclesiastical histories; post-Chalcedonian christology; mariology; text editions.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7235 (Brisbane) Email : pauline.allen@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early Christian Literary Genres ; Homilies ; Letters ; Hagiographies ; Ecclesiastes ; Christianity ; Post-Chalcedonian Christology ; Mariology ; Text Editions ; Christian ; Ecclesiastical Histories ;

  • Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion

  • Prof Claude Romano

    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 : clromano@wanadoo.fr

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

  • Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

  • Professor Mark Alfano

    My work in moral psychology encompasses subfields in both philosophy (ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind) and social science (social psychology, personality psychology). I am ecumenical about methods, having used modal logic, questionnaires, tests of implicit cognition, incentivizing techniques borrowed from behavioral economics, neuroimaging, textual interpretation (especially of Nietzsche), digital humanities techniques (text-mining, archive analysis, visualization), and of course good old-fashioned intuition-mongering. I have experience working with R, Tableau, and Gephi.

    Phone : (Overseas) Email : mark.alfano@gmail.com

    Research Interests:
    Ethics ; epistemology ; Nietzsche ; experimental philosophy ; digital humanities ;

  • Prof Lewis Ayres

    I am currently a Professorial Fellow of the Institute for Religion and Critical inquiry in Melbourne, and also Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology at Durham University in the UK. I hold an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University in Scotland (1988) in Classics and a DPhil from Oxford (2004) in Theology. I am currently co-PI on the "Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity" ACURF project.

    The core of my research has been accounts of God and divine existence in Augustine of Hippo and in the Greek writers of the fourth century. On this theme I have published a number of articles and Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Trinitarian Theology (Oxford University Press, 2004/6). In 2010 I also published Augustine and the Trinity (Cambridge University Press).

    My current research concerns the development of early Christian cultures of interpretation between 100 and 250. I am 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.

    I have also edited or co-edited a number of books, including (with Andrew Louth and Frances Young) the Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (2004). With two colleagues I recently published an English translation of and introduction to Didymus the Blind's On the Holy Spirit and Athanasius's Letters to Serapion (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2012).

    I also have a number of interests in modern Catholic fundamental and dogmatic theology. I am interested in the modern reception of Patristic Trinitarian theology and in the modern use of post-idealist themes in the supposed "revivals" of Trinitarian theology that we have seen over the last two centuries. I also have a strong interest in the place of Scripture (and Tradition) in modern Catholic theology and the fundamental structure of Catholic theology. I am convinced that the ideological and professional divisions that have arisen between Scripture scholars, "systematic" and "historical" theologians have served Catholic theology ill. Ressourcement theologians have offered us many resources that can move us beyond these divisions, but much further work is necessary for their agenda to be taken forward. I have published a number of articles on this theme in recent years and intend to produce a book eventually.

    With Medi Ann Volpe I am also co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology (essays from which have now begun to appear in OUP's Handbooks Online service). I am involved in co-editing a number of book series, including the Blackwells series Challenges in Contemporary Theology. I also serve on the editorial boards of the Irish Theological Quarterly, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Augustinian Studies and Modern Theology.

    Between 2009-2012 I was the inaugural holder of the Bede Chair in Catholic Theology. During 2014-15 academic year I seved as Distinguished Fellow of Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study.

    Phone : (Overseas) Email : Lewis.Ayres@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Theology, Classics, Christianity, Philosophy ;

  • Professor Roger Crisp

    I am a professor of moral philosophy, interested in metaethics, normative ethics, practical ethics, and the history of ethics. I have interests also in political philosophy and the philosophy of religion.

    Phone : (Overseas) Email : roger.crisp@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    ethics, moral philosophy, political philosophy ;

  • Professor James McLaren

    The writings of Josephus; Late Second Temple Period Jewish history; Christianity and Judaism in the early Roman Empire; Roman provincial administration; military history (ancient and Australian).

    Phone : (03) 9953 3129 (Melbourne) Email : James.McLaren@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Writings Of ; Australian Military History ; The Writings of Josephus ; Late Second Temple Period Jewish History ; Jewish ; Late Second Temple Period ; Christianity ; Judaism ; Christianity and Judaism in the Early Roman Empire ; Roman Empire ; Rome ; Roman ; Roman Provincial Administration ; Military History ; Ancient ; Ancient Military History ; Josephus ;

  • Dr Veronica Alfano

    Veronica Alfano's areas of interest include poetry and poetics, nineteenth-century literature, gender and sexuality, ethics and aesthetics, and media studies. Her research centers on Victorian poetry, particularly on memory, lyric theory, and the connections between gender and genre; her methodology is largely based in formal analysis, but also incorporates historical and theoretical approaches.

    Phone : +1 9083701968 (part-time ACU; part-time Netherlands) Email : veronica.alfano@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Poetry ; Nineteenth-century Literature ; Victorian Literature ; Gender ; Genre ; Memory ; Media ;

  • Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis

    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, literary, artistic, and popular idioms. Her current work 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.

    Phone : +61401215676 (Melbourne) Email : alda.balthrop-lewis@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Environmental Ethics ; Religious Ethics ; American Literature ; Political Theology ; Political philosophy ;

  • Dr Stephen Carlson

    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 ;

  • Dr Michael Champion

    I specialise in Early Christian Studies and Late-Antique Cultural and Intellectual History. My research investigates interactions between Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Thought, Late-Antique Education and Monasticism, Ancient Ethics, the History of Violence and the History of Emotions, and I welcome students in all these areas.

    Phone : 8226 (Melbourne) Email : michael.champion@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early Christianity ; Late Antiquity ; Ancient Philosophy ; Cultural and Intellectual History ; History of Emotions ; History of Violence ;

  • Dr Stephanie Collins

    Stephanie Collins is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Melbourne Campus of the Australian Catholic University.

    Her research focuses on social and political philosophy. In particular, she is developing theories for conceptualising our collective responsibility for large-scale structural injustices. She's particularly interested in working out how such responsibility operates within states and for-profit entities. She is happy to supervise research students working in any area of analytic and/or normative moral, social, and/or political philosophy.

    Stephanie joined ACU in 2018. Prior to this, she was a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. She was at Manchester for five years, and successfully supervised numerous Masters and PhD students there. She received her PhD in moral and political philosophy from the Australian National University in 2013.

    Stephanie is the author of two books: "The Core of Care Ethics" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and "Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals" (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Her work has been published in many journals, across the disciplines of Philosophy, Political Science, and Business.

    More information about her research -- including all of her published work -- can be found at stephaniecollins.xyz.

    Stephanie encourages prospective research students -- whatever stage they are at in developing their research idea -- to email her directly at stephanie.collins@acu.edu.au.

    Phone : +61399533589 (Melbourne) Email : stephanie.collins@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Law ; Political philosophy ; Ethics ; Applied Ethics ; Business Ethics ; normative ethics ;

  • Dr Kylie Crabbe

    I work in biblical and early Christian studies. My doctoral work focused on ancient accounts of hope, discipleship, and politics. In particular, I was interested in how ancient writers portray the structuring of history - that is, how their understandings of the past inform their expectations for the future and their experience in the present. My forthcoming book Luke/Acts and the End of History (De Gruyter, 2019) considers these (much contested) themes in the New Testament texts Luke and Acts, in comparison with diverse contemporaneous texts, (five Jewish and five non-Jewish, spanning from the histories of Polybius, Diodorus Siculus, and Tacitus, to Virgil's Aeneid, Josephus's Jewish War, and 4 Ezra).

    My current work in the "Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities programme" at ACU considers questions of impairment and identity in early Christian texts, with a focus on New Testament texts, Apocryphal Acts, early Christian apocalypses, and the Apostolic Fathers. I am also working on a smaller project which considers the intellectual and social context of post-war German biblical scholarship - particularly that of Hans Conzelmann, which continues to dominate Lukan scholarship.

    In Oxford and Melbourne I have taught in a wide variety of biblical texts and related areas, including Gospels, Pauline Literature, Second Temple Judaism, biblical Greek, and introductory units on Hebrew Bible.

    I am available to supervise graduate students, and would welcome inquiries from students wishing to pursue research into the texts of the New Testament, their Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and early Christian literary environment(s), and the texts of Second Temple Judaism, as well as other hermeneutical approaches such as reception history, disability studies, or feminist interpretation.

    Phone : 0392308397 (Melbourne) Email : kylie.crabbe@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Biblical interpretation ; Second Temple Judaism ; New Testament ; Early Christianity ; Graeco-Roman texts ;

  • Dr Matthew Crawford

    After completing a PhD (2009-2012) and a post-doc (2012-2015) at Durham University I took up a position as a Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne. Presently I am writing a monograph on the Canons for the fourfold gospel compiled by Eusebius of Caesarea, focusing especially on the reception of the marginal apparatus in the later Latin, Syriac, and Armenian traditions. After completing this project I plan to begin work on Cyril of Alexandria's treatise Contra Iulianum, with the goal of producing an English translation and accompanying monograph placing the work in the context of pagan and Christian interaction in fifth-century Alexandria. I also remain interested in Tatian the Assyrian and his gospel version (the so-called Diatessaron) and occasionally produce articles related to these topics.

    Phone : 3142 (Melbourne) Email : matthew.crawford@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early Christianity ; New Testament Studies ; Late Antiquity ; Byzantine Studies ;

  • Dr Rachel Davies

    I have a background in Bonaventure studies, having written on the interaction of aesthetics and anthropology in his soteriology, and how this speaks to contemporary anxieties surrounding the experience of bodily diminishment.

    My current work seeks to contextualize Mother Teresa of Calcutta within the history of Western spirituality and its sources. My research interests include the mystical elements of medieval theology (particularly theologies of the paschal mystery), early Franciscan thought and practice, spiritual poverty, virtue, embodiment and death, and theological interpretations of suffering.

    Phone : +61392308321 (Melbourne) Email : rachel.davies@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Christian spirituality, Mother Teresa, Bonaventure ;

  • Dr Benjamin Edsall

    I am a research fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. My research focuses on various aspects of the New Testament, Early Judaism and Early Christianity.

    Phone : 3884 (Melbourne) Email : benjamin.edsall@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    New Testament, Early Christianity, Early Judaism ;

  • Dr Sarah Gador-Whyte

    I am a scholar of late-antique and early Christian literature, theology and culture, and have published in the areas of historiography, hymnography, liturgy, rhetoric and cultural interactions in late antiquity. I welcome students in all these areas.

    Phone : +61399533307 (Melbourne) Email : sarah.gadorwhyte@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Late Antiquity; Classical Rhetoric ; Early Christian preaching and liturgy ; Cultural and Intellectual History ; Cultural and Religious Interactions ; Christian Hymnography ;

  • Dr Michael Hanaghan

    I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney on the letters of Sidonius Apollinaris, a fifth century Gallo-Roman aristocrat, bishop, and poet in 2015. From 2015-2016 I was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter, and from 2016-2018 an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork.
    I joined the IRCI as Research Fellow (Latin Christianity) in September 2018.

    Phone : (03) 99533147 (Melbourne) Email : michael.hanaghan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Late Antique and Imperial Latin, poetry and prose, ;

  • Dr David Litwa

    M. David Litwa is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions with a focus on the New Testament and early Christianity. His research interests include gospel studies, New Testament apocrypha, comparative mythology, gnostic and hermetic theology, angels, daimones, Greco-Roman religions; Philonic Studies; Pauline literature; heresiology; gnostic and Nag Hammadi studies; ancient philosophy; deification (theosis); ancient esoteric movements (in particular, Greek mystery cults); and ruler worship. Litwa has published seven monographs, most recently from Yale University Press (How the Gospels Became History, 2019). A work on the Hermetic fragments was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He has taught courses at the University of Virginia (Religion and Classics), the College of William & Mary (Classics), and at Virginia Tech (Religion and Culture). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory Group at the Society of Biblical Literature.

    Phone : +61392308386 (Melbourne) Email : david.litwa@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    gnosticism ; hermetism ; deification ; classical mythology ; New Testament ;

  • Dr David Newheiser

    My research addresses ethical and political questions in light of classic Christian thought and contemporary continental philosophy. I specialize in apophatic mysticism and in Jacques Derrida's relation to religion. I also work on the topics of power and biopolitics, secularization, and the history of sexuality.

    Phone : 8123 (Melbourne) Email : David.Newheiser@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early Christianity ; Continental Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion ; Secularization ; Atheism ;

  • Dr Richard Rowland

    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 Jonathan Zecher

    I am a theologian and historian of religion. I work in the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies in the Modes of Knowing program. My research is focused on the emergence and logic of monastic confessional practices in Late Antiquity, in dialogue with medical-philosophical psycho-physiological theory, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic strategies.

    More broadly, I am interested in the spiritual traditions of Eastern Orthodox spirituality, ancient medicine, and identity-formation in eastern monasticism.

    Before coming to Melbourne I taught Greek, Latin and "Great Books" (Classics, philosophy, literature) in the Honors College at the University of Houston for six years.

    Phone : +61392308373 (Melbourne) Email : jonathan.zecher@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Late Antiquity ; Death ; Christian Asceticism ; Early Christianity ; Prayer ; Byzantine Studies ; Eastern Orthodox Christianity ; History of Medicine ; Ancient Medicine ; Ancient Philosophy ;

  • Office of the Dean of Theology and Philosophy

  • Associate Professor Robyn Horner

    Associate Professor Robyn Horner is a teaching and research academic within the School of Theology, and a member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. From 2010 until 2015, she held the position of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

    The aim of her research is to find new ways of thinking religious phenomena within contemporary Western contexts, characterised as such contexts are by the immense cultural challenges of secularisation, pluralisation, and detraditionalisation. She investigates this area both theoretically (especially through the use of hermeneutic phenomenology, together with a variety of post-structuralist tools of critique), and practically (in collaboration with researchers in Belgium who have developed scales for measuring individual and communal religious expressions of identity&mdashthe Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project). Her distinct contribution to the field is the way in which she approaches the signification of religious phenomena by means of affection or disturbance, and interprets them contextually.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3130 (Melbourne) Email : Robyn.Horner@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Jean-Luc Marion ; Emmanuel Levinas ; Jacques Derrida ; fundamental theology ; Phenomenology ; poststructuralism ;

  • Dr Irfan Ahmad

    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 ;

  • School of Philosophy

  • Dr Stewart Braun

    Dr. S. Stewart Braun is a lecturer in the School of Philosophy and a research member of the Centre for Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics. He obtained his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2012 where he served as a graduate member of the Society of Fellows. He joined ACU in 2013

    Dr. Braun speacilises in social and political philosophy, concentrating specifically in the areas of distributive justice. Currently Dr. Braun is engaged in a project to determine the proper focus for egalitarian accounts of distributive justice.

    Phone : 7207 (Brisbane) Email : stewart.braun@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Law ; Normative and Applied Ethics ;

  • Dr Richard Colledge

    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 ;

  • Dr N.N. (Nick) Trakakis

    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 ;

  • School of Theology

  • Professor Ismail Albayrak

    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 ;

  • Professor Denis Edwards

    I taught theology at Flinders University in Adelaide before joining ACU at the beginning of 2014. Adelaide has always been my home, and I am a priest of the archdiocese, attached to Tranmere parish. My post-graduate studies were at Fordham in New York and The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, where my doctoral supervisor was Avery Dulles, and my dissertation was on the dynamics in faith in John of the Cross and Karl Rahner. In recent years I have taught mainly in Christology, Trinity and some ecclesiology. In the light of evolutionary science, and because of the ecological crisis we face, I have been exploring a theology of the natural world and trying to ground it in the heart of Christian faith.

    Phone : 3981 (Adelaide) Email : Denis.Edwards@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Trinity, Evolution, Ecology, Rahner ; Athanasius, Basil, Science-Theology ; Church, Ecumenism ;

  • Professor Peta Goldburg

    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; ;

  • Professor Clare Johnson

    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 ;

  • Prof Dermot Anthony Nestor

    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 Neil Ormerod

    Historical ecclesiology, the Trinity, Christian anthropology, the work of Bernard Lonergan.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4062 (Strathfield) Email : Neil.Ormerod@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    History ; Historical Ecclesiology ; Ecclesiology ; Trinity ; Bernard Lonergan ; Christian ; Christianity ; Anthropology ; Christian Anthropology ; Systematic Theology ;

  • Professor David Sim

    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 ;

  • Dr Michael Buchanan

    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 ;

  • Dr Kee-Fook (Edmund) Chia

    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 ;

  • Dr Gemma Cruz

    Gemma Tulud Cruz was born and raised in the Philippines where she completed an undergraduate degree in Education (major in English and Religious Education) and a Masters degree in Religious Studies. She did a case study of women victims of domestic violence for her Masters thesis. She completed her Ph.D in Theology, with high distinction, at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in the Netherlands with a dissertation on the Filipina migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.

    Dr. Cruz worked and lived for several years in the United States prior to moving to Australia. She was assistant professor in Theology at St. Ambrose University then visiting assistant professor in Catholic Studies as well as fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago.

    Dr. Cruz's research expertise is on migration, Catholic social ethics, and on contextual theologies, particularly feminist, liberation, and Asian theologies. She has an international profile as a scholar of migration theology. She has given invited lectures and presentations all over the world and has done peer-reviews of manuscripts for prestigious journals and publishers on the topic of migration. She is also interested in research in the area of missiology and intercultural theology as well as on the topic of globalization. She is the Coordinator of the Globalization Interest Group at the Catholic Theological Society of America.

    Phone : 3827 (Melbourne) Email : Gemma.Cruz@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    migration, social ethics, contextual theologies ;

  • Dr Elizabeth Dowling

    Dr Liz Dowling is a senior lecturer, at Australian Catholic University on the St Patricks Campus.

    Liz has many years experience in building the capacity of leaders and RE teachers in religious education. Her extensive teaching, research and various roles within the higher education sector follows substantial experience in many educational settings, including primary and P-12 settings. In these capacities, Liz has held various curriculum leadership roles. Liz has also played a significant role in curriculum development as a Curriculum adviser for the Catholic Education Office Melbourne.

    Currently her teaching includes education for Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary, pre-service and post graduate and in-service teacher education, as well as supervising postgraduate research students in the School of Education (Victoria). Liz's particular expertise is in Curriculum, Leadership and Professional learning.

    Her doctoral thesis was in the area of Leading Professional Learning in Religious Education. This research explored the leadership role of the REC in professional learning to enhance staff and student learning in the context of Catholic primary schools. It generated theory to support leadership of religious educators in student learning. This investigation has implications for what is provided as professional learning for religious educators, how it is provided and how it is supported. The findings are particularly useful for all key stakeholders concerned with the quality of religious education who seek to implement and evaluate religious education professional learning and thus continue to improve the quality of the subject in the Catholic primary school. She was awarded the 2014 ACU recipient of the Catherine Moran Prize in Education. The prize is awarded to the author of the PhD thesis which makes the most significant contribution to research, scholarship and ethical practice in education as evidenced by review of relevant examiners reports

    Her research interests include all aspects of religious education for Catholic schools; especially the pursuit of quality Religious education. Her most recent research is concerned with understanding the theory and practice of evaluation in classroom religious education in order to develop excellence in Catholic pedagogy (RE teaching).

    Liz currently supervises 3 doctoral students and is on the Editorial Board for the Religious Education Journal of Australia.

    Phone : 3279 (Melbourne) Email : liz.dowling@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Leadership Professional Learning, ; Religious Education ;

  • Dr Maeve Louise Heaney

    Dr. Maeve Louise Heaney is a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and 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 in Theology ; fundamental theology ; Spirituality ; Bernard Lonergan ;

  • Dr Joel Hodge

    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

    Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACUa??s Melbourne campus. He lectures in systematic theology and his areas of research interest include the theology of grace, interreligious dialogue, and the thought and legacy of Bernard J. F. Lonergan.

    Phone : 3553 (Melbourne) Email : christiaan.jacobsvandegeer@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    systematic theology, religious pluralism, Lonergan ;

  • Dr David Kirchhoffer

    David G. Kirchhoffer is the Director of the Queensland Bioethics Centre, a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACU. He is also a member of ACU's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

    Dr Kirchhoffer grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa,where he studied biology and psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and theology at St Augustine College of South Africa. He did his doctoral studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. After working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at the KU Leuven, he took up a permanent post at the Banyo campus of the Australian Catholic University(Brisbane).

    He is Senior Research Associate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg, and in 2015 was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore's Centre for Biomedical Ethics.

    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.

    His most recent book, "Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics," develops a holistic and relevant understanding of human dignity for ethics today. Whilst critics of the concept of human dignity call for its dismissal, and many of its defenders rehearse the same old arguments, this book offers an alternative set of methodological assumptions on which to base a revitalized and practical understanding of human dignity, which at the same time overcomes the challenges that the concept currently faces. The Component Dimensions of Human Dignity model enables human dignity to serve both as a descriptive category that explains moral choices, and as a normative criterion that helps to evaluate moral behaviour. A consideration of two cases--violent crime and physician-assisted suicide--demonstrates how the model offers a way to avoid the pitfalls of both moralism and moral relativism, while still leaving space for relativity in ethics. By using an approach that should be acceptable to both religious and secular perspectives alike, this book offers a unique way out of the 'dignity talk' that currently plagues ethics.

    Phone : +61 (0) 7 3623 7592 (Brisbane) Email : David.Kirchhoffer@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Human Dignity ; Ethics ; Applied Ethics ; Christian Ethics ; Biomedical Ethics ; Human Rights ; Theological Anthropology ;

  • Dr Josephine Laffin

    Dr Josephine Laffin is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. She lectures in church history and biblical studies. Before joining ACU in January 2014, she was senior lecturer in church history for Catholic Theological College of South Australia and the Department of Theology at Flinders University. Her research interests include Christian spirituality, art history and biography. She is currently researching the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the archdiocese of Adelaide

    Phone : 3984 (Adelaide) Email : Jo.Laffin@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Religious History ; Biography ; Spirituality ; Christian Art History ;

  • Dr Jason McFarland

    Dr Jason McFarland is Lecturer in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and Assistant Director of the ACU Centre for Liturgy. He has many years of teaching experience at the university level in the areas of Liturgical Studies, Theology, and Music. He has taught at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), St Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin), and The University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD). As a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, he taught at Zunyi Normal College (Guizhou, China) from 2012-14.

    Phone : +61297014334 (Strathfield) Email : jason.mcfarland@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Liturgy, Sacramental Theology, Ritual Studies ;

  • Dr Michael Theophilos

    Dr. Michael P. Theophilos is lecturer in Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. He is currently writing a volume for the Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament [Papyrological Commentary on the New Testament] series, to be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, G??ttingen. This work, and much of his research, focuses on the corpus of Greek papyri, ostraca and tablets that are able to illuminate the historical, social and linguistic context of the New Testament. Dr. Theophilos has lectured in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching Biblical languages and history.

    Phone : +613 9953 3371 (Melbourne) Email : michael.theophilos@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Papyrology and Greek Palaeography ; Epigraphy ; Numismatics ; Textual Criticism ; Archaeology ; Greek Lexicography ; Biblical Languages ; Ancient Greece and Rome ; Roman Republic and Empire ; Early Christianity ; Second Temple Judaism ; Synoptic Gospels ;

  • Dr Michael Trainor

    I have an MA in Biblical Literature and Languages (1982, Chicago, Catholic Theological Union) and MEd (1988, Boston College, MA, USA) and a D.Theol (1990, Melbourne College of Divinity)
    I taught for over 15 years in the department of theology in biblical studies in Flinders University and am currently senior lecturer in the department of theology with the Australian Catholic University, at the St Francis of Assisi Adelaide Campus in South Australia.
    I continue to supervise post-graduate Masters and Doctoral candidates, research and write with interests in the New Testament, particularly the gospels, with a focus on eco-hermeneutics and inter-religious matters.

    Phone : 0399533983 (Adelaide) Email : Michael.Trainor@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Jewish and Early Christian History ; Early Christian Literary Genres ; Christianity and Judaism in the Early Roman Empire ; Interreligious Dialogue ; heremeneutics & pastoral relevance ;

  • Rev Dr James McEvoy

    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. He is the President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association.

    Phone : 3982 (Adelaide) Email : James.McEvoy@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Systematic Theology ; Practical Theology ; Philosophy ; Sociology of Religion ;

  • Rev Assoc. Prof Orm Rush

    Ormond Rush is a priest of the Townsville diocese. He has a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland.

    Upon his ordination as a Catholic priest in 1975 he served in parishes in the Townsville Diocese from 1975 to 1987. Following his successive appointments to the positions of Lecturer in Theology and Vice-Rector of the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary at Banyo during the period 1991 to 2000, he 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 Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology in 2001 and 2006, and was elected President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association from 2007-2010. He currently lectures in theology at St Paul's Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Banyo Campus.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7568 (Brisbane) Email : orm.rush@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Signs of the Times ; Magisterium ; Biblical Inspiration ; Historical Jesus Research ; Church-World Relationship ; Theology of History ; Secularisation ; Development of Doctrine ; Theology of Imagination ; Trinity ; Christology ; Ecclesiology ; Faith ; Hermeneutics ; Theological Method ; Foundational Theology ; Vatican II ; Theology of Reception ; Sensus Fidelium ; The Sense of the Faithful ; Pneumatology ; Holy Spirit ; Revelation ; Tradition ; Theology of Scripture ;

  • Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel

    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 ;