New Director for the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

Published: Wednesday 17th August 2016

Dr Joshua Roose has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), replacing Professor Bryan Turner who will continue as a Professor of the Sociology of Religion.

This role will see Dr Roose continue to build the Institute’s national and global profile as a leading Institute for the interdisciplinary study of the intersection of Religion, Politics and Society.

Dr Roose undertook a BA (Hons) majoring in Politics and History at Monash University in 2002 before completing his PhD at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne with a specialisation in Citizenship in 2012. He undertook Army Officer training through the Monash University Regiment and Royal Military College - Duntroon (RMC-D), graduating as a Commissioned Officer in 2008.

His main areas of research focus are on Political Islam, Law and Religion, Political and Religious Violence, Citizenship and Multiculturalism. He has written a book, numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters about these subjects in key journals. Dr Roose is the founding editor of the New Directions in Islam series (Palgrave Macmillan) and the Legal Theory Section Editor for the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory.

Dr Roose is currently a visiting Scholar at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School and has previously held visiting scholar positions at New York University and the City University of New York. He is the current Secretary of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), sits on the Federal Attorney Generals Department Panel of Experts for Countering Violent Extremism and the Victorian Governments Institute for Social Cohesion.