New Director of the IRCI

Published: Wednesday 13th January 2016

I am delighted to announce that Professor James McLaren has accepted an appointment as Director of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University (ACU).

In this position Professor McLaren will continue to develop collaborations with key international partners and with ACU colleagues and will provide the leadership required to continue ACU’s rising research trajectory.

After undertaking a BA (Hons) and MA (Melb) Professor McLaren completed his DPhil (Oxon) in 1990.  His main research interests relate to the interaction between the Jewish and Roman worlds and the emergence of Christianity in the first century CE.

He is the author of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles on aspects of Jewish, Roman and early Christian history.  He is a member of the Brill Project, an international team of scholars translating and writing a commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus and is the co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature Josephus Seminar.

Professor McLaren is also currently a member of the Society’s Early Jewish Writings monograph series Editorial Board and has served as the New Testament Editor of Australian Biblical Review from 2003-2015. In 2012 he was awarded the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies for his contributions to the discipline.

Please join me in congratulating Professor McLaren on this appointment.

Professor Wayne McKenna

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research