History and Theology experts

Murdoch University’s history experts cover a wide range of areas including cultural history with an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural focus on the histories of Australia, Europe, South-East Asia and the US; regional history focusing on the history of modern nation states; and, thematic history including important international themes in history.

Murdoch’s theology experts encompass a wide range of disciplines: literary and historical analysis of the writings of the Old Testament and New Testament; history of the Church from its beginnings to the present day; Christian thought and philosophy including ethics, in historical and contemporary perspective (Systematic Theology), and Christian practices, their forms, history, and rationale (Practical Theology).

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Robert Myles

Dr Robert Myles

New Testament, Religion and Radicalism

Dr Myles’s area of expertise is New Testament studies and in particular the intersection of the Bible with politics and culture.

As a New Testament critic, his interests include: historical Jesus studies, the Gospel of Matthew, ideological criticism, and reception history.

As a cultural critic, his interests include: Marxist criticism, critical theory, and gender/sexuality studies.

Arjun Subrahmanyan

Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan

Modern Southeast Asian History, Thailand

Dr Subrahmanyan is a specialist in modern Thai history, and his main interests in this field are democracy and social change, intellectual history and the nature of Thai modernity.

His teaching areas include Southeast Asian History, including war and revolution, imperialism and colonialism, social movements and political development in the region.
Mark Jennings

Dr  Mark Jennings

Religion's interplay with popular music and culture, Pentecostalism

Mark Jennings’ research explores the emergence of the global phenomenon of Pentecostalism locally and globally.

He has a keen interest in the interplay between popular forms of religion and popular music and culture, as explored in his recently published book Exaltation: Ecstatic Experience in Pentecostalism and Popular Music.

Dr Jennings also specialises in research methods and methodology in social research, and has been contracted to conduct evaluations of projects by CLAN WA and UnitingCare West.

Jim Macbeth

Emeritus Associate Professor  Jim Macbeth

Ethics, sustainability and the Utopian tourist

With a background in the social sciences, Prof Jim Macbeth’s tourism expertise lies in policy and planning issues, tourists themselves (motivation, impacts) and sustainable tourism (impacts, community, environment). His work has also embraced tourism ethics and protected areas within the general rubric of ecotourism.

Besides national projects, Prof Macbeth has been involved in WA research related to Rottnest, Fremantle, Ningaloo, the Great Southern and national parks.

Prof Macbeth has written articles for Australian and international journals and has entries in the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, in addition to an historical chapter on tourism in the book Voices from the West End (of Fremantle). He is a member of Murdoch’s Nature Tourism Research Group.

Aleks Nikoloski

Associate Professor Andrew Webster

Modern European history, international disarmament, peace and conflict studies

Associate Professor Andrew Webster teaches modern European history with a particular focus on Britain, France and Germany during the era of the two World Wars, as well as the history of European political development since 1945.

His research interests include the history of international disarmament, the League of Nations, and British and French foreign and security policy.
Rowan Strong

Professor Rowan Strong

Eighteenth century British history and Christian history in Australia and New Zealand

Professor Rowan Strong is an expert in eighteenth century British religious history, Christian history in Australia and New Zealand, and the Church of England since the sixteenth century.

Professor Strong has been published internationally in the field of church history.

He is currently examining Anglicanism in the British Empire.
Bob Reece

Emeritus Professor Bob Reece

Australian and Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) history

Eminent historian Emeritus Professor Bob Reece is the author of a book and numerous published articles about the life of Daisy May Bates, the eccentric Irish anthropologist and Aboriginal welfare worker who died in 1951.

A specialist in Aboriginal history, Australian colonial history, the Irish in Australia, and the history of Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), he is the founding editor of the journals Aboriginal History and The Australian Journal of Irish Studies.

Professor Reece is currently working on a biography of Charles Brooke, the second Rajah of Sarawak.
Michael Sturma

Professor Michael Sturma

Social history of crime, naval history in the Pacific, Australian popular culture and film

Professor Michael Sturma is an expert on naval history in the Pacific region during World War II, publishing widely-read accounts of historic naval events in Death at a Distance: The Loss of the Legendary USS Harder and The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine. He was editor of The Great Circle, a peer-reviewed journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, from 2008 to 2013.

Professor Sturma pioneered research into the social history of crime and policing in Australia, culminating in publishing the book Vice in a Vicious Society: Crime and Convicts in Mid-Nineteenth Century New South Wales in 1983.

Other publishing credits include Australian Rock’n’Roll: The First Wave and South Sea Maidens: Western Fantasy and Sexual Politics in the South Pacific, and Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific, Fremantle’s Submarines: How Allied Submariners and Western Australians Helped to Win the War in the Pacific. 

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