Dr Michael Casey

Director of the PM Glynn Institute

Michael Casey

Phone: +61 2 9465 9072

Email: michael.casey@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU North Sydney Campus (MacKillop)

Michael Casey was appointed the inaugural Director of the PM Glynn Institute in April 2016. His role involves developing the scope of the institute's public policy work and coordinating its research programs and projects, as well as providing strategic leadership and operational management for the institute. In addition to supporting ACU's public policy research, he provides advice to the University and its stakeholders on public policy matters.

Before joining ACU in 2015 as Senior Advisor Church Policy, Michael worked for many years for the Catholic Church and served on the governing bodies of a number of Catholic higher education providers in Melbourne and Sydney.

Michael holds a PhD in sociology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and degrees in law and arts from Monash University, Melbourne. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC (Nov 2006–Jan 2007), and completed the Oxford Advanced Leadership and Management Program at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford in 2014. His published writings are focused on democracy, culture and religion.


  • “Two Concepts of Legitimacy” in Damien Freeman (ed.), Tribalism’s Troubles: responding to Rowan Williams (Kapunda Press, 2020).
  • “Migration and Solidarity: The Australian Experience”, in Stefan Mückl (ed.), Migration und Solidarität/ Migration and Solidarity, Soziale Orientierung, Band 28 (Duncker & Humblot, 2020).
  • “Commercial Society and the Jacobins”, in Damien Freeman (ed.), The Market’s Morals: responding the Jesse Norman (Kapunda Press, 2020).
  • “Reasons to Fear War”, in Damien Freeman (ed.), Today’s Tyrants: responding to Dyson Heydon (Kapunda Press, 2018).
  • Co-author with Frank Brennan and Greg Craven, Chalice of Liberty: protecting religious freedom in Australia (Kapunda Press, 2018).
  • "'The Power of the Powerless' and 'living in truth' in democracy", Quadrant, (61:7), July 2017.
  • "The Puzzle of Intolerant Tolerance", Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics (1:1, 2011).
  • "The Feeling of Responsibility", Quadrant (52:11), November 2008.
  • Editor, Cardinal George Pell, God and Caesar: Selected Essays on Religion, Politics and Society (Catholic University of America Press, 2008).
  • "Democracy and the Thin Veneer of Civilization", Quadrant (50:11), November 2006.
  • Meaninglessness: the Solutions of Nietzsche, Freud and Rorty (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).


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