From left to right: Xavier, John, Nic, Sandy, Tim, Isabelle, Sister Mary Benedicta and Annette.

IES Staff

General email:

Prof. Sandra Lynch
Dip Teach, BA (Illinois), MA Hons in Philosophy (Macquarie), PhD in Philosophy (University of New South Wales)
Professor of Philosophy
Phone: 02 8204 4185

A/Prof. John A. Rees
BTh, MA, MTh Hons, MA in International Relations, PhD in International Relations (University of New South Wales)
Convener, Religion and Global Affairs Program (0.4 FTE)
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
Associate Dean (Academic Development), School of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 02 8204 4131

Dr. Annette Pierdziwol
BA Hons, GradCert in Higher Education, PhD in Philosophy (University of Sydney)
Research Associate, Co-convenor, Moral Philosophy & Ethics Education Program (0.8 FTE)
Phone: 02 8204 4240

Tim Smartt
BA Hons, MPhil in Philosophy (University of Sydney)
Research Associate, Co-convenor, Moral Philosophy & Ethics Education Program (0.8 FTE)
Phone: 02 8204 4232

Xavier Symons
BA Advanced Hons, MA (Research) in Philosophy (University of Sydney), currently enrolled in a PhD in Philosophy (ACU)
Research Associate (0.3 FTE)

Nic Zumaran
BA Media Studies and Mass Communications (Murdoch University), currently enrolled in Master of Liberal Arts (University of Notre Dame Australia)
Officer for Engagement & Public Affairs (0.4 FTE) (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Phone: 02 8204 4634

Dr Megan Best
PhD MAAE BMed(Hons)GradDipQHR ClinDipPM ATh
Research Associate

Isabelle Baker
BA Hons in Philosophy, Masters in Public Health (University of Sydney)
Administrative Officer (0.6 FTE)
(Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Phone: 02 8204 4633

Dr Rosemary Hancock
Research Associate, Acting Managing Editor of Solidarity Journal (0.6 FTE)
Phone: 02 8204 4686


Prof. Renee Kohler Ryan
Dean, School of Philosophy and Theology
Phone: 02 8204 4171

Associate Prof. Natasha Michael

Prof. Margaret Somerville
Professor of Bioethics (School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney) Email:
Phone: 02 8204 4629

Adjunct Professors

The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney
Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics, Institute for Ethics and Society and School of Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia

The Most Reverend Javier Martínez Fernández, Archbishop of Granada

Prof. Tracey Rowland
ODM (Poland), BA (Hons), LLB (Qld), B Litt, MA, Grad Dip Mod Lang (Melb), PhD (Cantab), STL (Lateran), Dip Ed St FCollT (London), Continental Theology; Political Philosophy Dean

Prof. Keith McNaught, J.P., MACE
Director of Mission, St John of God Hospital, WA
Dip Teach (Claremont TC), Dip RE, Dip Pastoral Ministry, B.Ed. (WACAE), M. Ed. (Murdoch), Ed.D. (SMEC, Curtin), CERT IV Training & Assessment, Grad Cert Mental Health Counselling (UNDA).

Prof. Michael Casey
Director, PM Glynn Institute, Australian Catholic University
BA (hons) (Monash), LLB (Monash), PhD (La Trobe)

Adjunct Associate Professors

Assoc. Prof. Ray Campbell
LPh (Gregorian, Rome); PhD (JPII Institute, Melbourne)
Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre

Adjunct Lecturers

Dr. Pippa Grange MAPS
Director, Bluestone Edge
BSc (hons) (Loughborough University, UK), Grad Dip in Counselling and Communication (ACAP, NSW), Grad Dip in Counselling Psychology (CSU), PhD in Applied Psychology (Victoria University)

Dr Pablo Jimenez
BA in Economics (ITESM, Mexico), BA in Philosophy (PARA, Italy), MA in Family Studies (Instituto Juan Pablo II, Mexico), MA in Liberal Arts (CPH, Mexico), PhD in Political Philosophy (Charles Sturt University)

Patrick Langrell
Senior Digital Media Analyst, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
BA and MPhil (University of Notre Dame Australia)

Dr. Nigel Zimmermann
Senior Adviser, Church Policy within the Office of Government, Policy and Strategy, Australian Catholic University
BA (QUT), MthSt (Brisbane College of Theology), PhD (University of Edinburgh)

Visiting Professors

Prof. John Haldane

Professor John Finnis