Recognition for internationally renowned early Christianity scholar
Published: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Professor Pauline Allen, one of the world’s most renowned scholars in early Christianity and a member of the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by University of New England on 27 October 2017 and was the occasional speaker to the graduands that day.
Professor Allen had been awarded a double BA (Hons) (first class) and a MA (Hons) from UNE in the 1970s, before completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Oxford.
Her work in early Christianity, particularly on ancient letters and homilies as a source of social history and on religious conflict, has resulted in numerous grants from the Australian Research Council.
She was the first non-European to be elected as president of the International Association of Patristic Studies, and she was subsequently elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1996.
In 2003 she was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal and in 2004 she established the Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society. In 2016 she was elected to the British Academy as one of Australia’s few corresponding fellows and the only alumna of the University of New England to hold this distinction.