Professor Tracey Rowland


Phone: 9433 0138

Professor Tracey Rowland holds two doctorates in theology, one from the Divinity School of Cambridge University (the civil PhD) and one from the John Paul II Institute at the Pontifical Lateran University (the pontifical STD) in addition to degrees in law and philosophy. She began her studies at the University of Queensland where she completed her honours degree under the supervision of the Czech political theorist Vendulka Kubalkova. From 1988-1993 she lectured in Soviet and Central European Politics at Monash University while completing a Masters degree in contemporary Central European political theory. From 1994-1996 she was a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at Griffith University with a focus on jurisprudence and Constitutional and Administrative Law. In 1996 she won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge University to work on her doctorate. During the Australian Constitution Referendum year of 1999 she was an executive assistant to the Director of the No Case "pro-monarchy" campaign for the State of Victoria. From 2001-2017 she was the Dean of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne. In 2010 she was awarded the Archbishop Michael J Miller Award by the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas, for the promotion of faith and culture. In 2011 she was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and in 2014 she was appointed to the International Theological Commission. She is currently a member of the ITC's sub-commission on religious freedom.
Teaching Areas
Theological Anthropology, twentieth century French and German Catholic theology, the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, political philosophy, especially Marxism and Liberalism and Catholic political theory, and the theology of culture
Research Expertise and Supervision
Professor Rowland has supervised 2 Honours projects, 5 Masters theses and 7 doctoral dissertations


Research and engagement

  • Culture and the Thomist Tradition: after Vatican II (London: Routledge, 2003)
  • Ratzinger's Faith (Oxford University Press, 2008). Translated into Spanish as De Fe de Ratzinger La teologia del Papa Benedicto XVI, (Traduccion de Sebastian Montiel). (Granada: Editorial Enicio, 2009); translated into Polish as Wiara Ratzingera: teologica Benedykta XVI (Warsaw: Wam, 2010) and translated into Portuguese as A Fé de Ratzinger: A Teologia do Papa Bento XVI (Traduçāo Raimundo Lúlio), (Ecclesiae: Sao Paolo, 2013).
  • Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Bloomsbury, 2010). Translated into Spanish as Sale la Guía para perplejos sobre el pensamiento de Joseph Ratzinger (Granada: Editorial Enicio, 2011).
  • Catholic Theology (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).
  • The Culture of the Incarnation: Essays in Catholic Theology (Ohio: Emmaus Academic, 2017).
Book Chapters
  • 'Reclaiming the Tradition: John Paul II as an Authentic Interpreter of Vatican II', in John Paul the Great: Maker of the Post-Conciliar Church, Oddie, W (ed), (London: CTS, 2003): 27-49. Re-published in The Second Spring: Journal of the Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture, Oxford, Vol. V, Easter 2004.
  • 'The Idea of Tradition-Constituted Rationality in the works of Alasdair MacIntyre', Faith & Reason: Friends or Foes in the New Millennium (ATF Press: Adelaide), Ramsay, H & Fisher, A (eds), 2004: 336-364.
  • 'The Church in Oceania', Blackwell's Companion to Catholicism, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007): 221-235.
  • 'John Paul II and Human Dignity', in John Paul II: Legacy and Witness, edited by Robert Gascoigne, (Sydney: St. Paul's, 2007): 54-60.
  • 'Reflections on the Democratisation of Intimacy', Proceedings of the Conference, La Famiglia Cristiana per le Vita del Mondo' of the Pontificia Università Lateranense, Rome, 20-24, August, 2007: 257-267.
  • 'A Catholic Appropriation of Romantic Themes', in How Hans Urs von Balthasar Changed my Mind, edited by Rodney Howsare (New York: Herder and Herder, 2008): 191-209.
  • 'A Fragile Icon of God's Love: Love between Man and Woman', Proceedings of the Moral Theology conference titled Il Logos dell'Agape, Pontificia Universitá Lateranense, Rome, November 22-26, 2007. Published in Italian as 'Una Fragile Icona: L'Amore Tra Uomo e Donna', in Il Logos dell' Agape, Pontificia Universitá Lateranense, Rome, 2008: 89-98.
  • 'Lady Margaret Beaufort' in English Catholic Heroines, Joanna Bogle (ed), (Leominster: Gracewing, 2009): 54-64.
  • 'Theology and Culture in the work of David L Schindler', in Being Holy in the World: Theology and Culture in the Thought of David L Schindler, (Eerdmans, 2010): 55-89.
  • 'Reason has a Wax Nose: Responses to Ratzinger's Faith', in The Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition and Universalism edited by Conor Cunningham and Peter Candler (London: SCM Press, 2010): 345-362.
  • 'Globalisation, Postmodern Theories of Culture and the Trinity', Oxford Handbook on the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2010): 586-600.
  • 'A Tale of a Duck-Billed Platypus called Benedict and his Gold and Red Crayons' in The Global Crisis of Capitalism: "Caritas in Veritate" and the Future of Political Economy, Adrian Pabst (ed), (Cascade Books, 2011): 71-89.
  • 'La Mediazione della Tradizione All'Interno Dalla Famiglia', in Livio Melina et. al. (eds); Famiglia e nuova evangelizzazione: la chiave dell'annuncio (Siena: Cantagalu, 2012): 123-132.
  • Joseph Ratzinger's Friendship with Augustine, Bonaventure and Aquinas', Logos et Musica: In Honorem Summi Romani Pontificis Benedicti XVI E. Szczurko, (eds), (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013): 163-179.
  • 'Tradition' in The Oxford Handbook on Theology and Modern European Thought, edited by Nicholas Adams et. al; (Oxford University Press, 2013): 277-301.
  • 'Catholic Theology in the Twentieth Century' in Key Theological Thinkers: From Modern to Postmodern, edited by Staale Johannes Kristiansen, et. al: (Ashgate, 2013): 37-53.
  • Teologiens Bruckner – den telogiske arven etter Joseph Ratzinger/Benedikt XVI, Katolsk Årsskrift for Religion og Samfunn (edited by Staale Johannes Kristiansen (St Olaf Verlag: Oslo, 2013): 75-85.
  • 'Natural Rights: A Schallian Guide for the Perplexed', in Jerusalem, Athens and Rome: Essays in Honour of James V Schall SJ edited by Marc Guerra (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine's Press, 2013): 235-261.
  • 'Joseph Ratzinger and the Hermeneutic of Continuity' in The Hermeneutics of Tradition: Explorations and Examinations edited by Craig Hovey and Cyrus P Olsen (eds) (Cascade: Eugene, 2014): 193-226.
  • 'Joseph Ratzinger and the Hermeneutic of Continuity' in The Hermeneutics of Tradition: Explorations and Examinations edited by Craig Hovey and Cyrus P Olsen
  • 'The Usus Antiquior and the New Evangelisation', in Sacred Liturgy: The Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2014): 115-139.
  • 'Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI on Spiritual Capital and Human Ecology' in Martin Laverty and Liz Callaghan (eds), Exploring the Connections: Catholic Social Teaching and Social Determinants of Health (Melbourne: Connor Court, 2014): 22-30.
  • 'How Does Spirituality Supply Theological Study with the Correct Method?' in Entering into the Mind of Christ: The True Nature of Theology, edited by James Keating (Creighton University: Institute for Priestly Formation, 2014): 23-47.
  • 'The Role of Natural Law and Natural Right in the Search for a Universal Ethic' in Searching for a Universal Ethics: Multidisciplinary, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Responses to the Catholic Natural Law Tradition, edited by John Berkman and William C Mattison III (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014): 156-167.
  • 'Christ, Culture and the New Evangelisation' in The New Evangelisation: Faith, People, Context and Practice, Paul Grogan and Kirsteen Kim (eds), (London: Bloomsbury, 2015): 45-65.
  • 'From Correlationism to Trinitarian Christocentrism: Receiving the Council in the Church in Australia', in The Great Grace: Receiving Vatican II Today edited by Nigel Zimmermann, (London: Bloomsbury, 2015): 57-75.
  • 'The Culture Wars: Saint Pope John Paul II- Pope of the Civilisation of Love', in God and Eros: The Ethos of the Nuptial Mystery (Eugene: Cascade, 2015): 19-38.
  • 'Vatican II, John Paul II and Post-conciliar Theology', in Called to be Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification edited by David Meconi and Carl E Olson (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2016): 245-263.
  • 'Henri de Lubac's Engagements with Neo-Scholasticism of the Strict Observance', forthcoming in The Companion to Henri de Lubac, edited by Jordan Hillebert (London: T & T Clark, 2016).
Journal Articles and Proceedings
  • 'Ryszard Legutko's Critique of Economic Rationalism' Political Theory Newsletter 6 (4, December, 1994): 117-125.
  • 'Contemporary Central European Reflections on Civic Virtue,' History of European Ideas 21 (4, 1995): 505-513. Abstract published in the Documentation Politique Internationale and The Philosopher's Index.
  • 'The Political Values of the Public Conception in the work of John Rawls', University of Queensland Law Journal 18 (2, 1995): 342-350.
  • 'The Liberal Doctrine of State Neutrality: A Taxonomy,' University of Notre Dame Law Review 2 (December, 2000): 53-66. Law Review 2 (December, 2000): 53-66.
  • 'The Authority of 'Experts' and the Ethos of Modern Institutions,' Communio: International Catholic Review (Winter, 2002): 746-765.
  • Divine Gifts to the Secular Desert: John Milbank's Being Reconciled, Reviews in Religion and Theology (Basil Blackwell: Oxford), Vol 11 (2), April, 2004: 182-188.
  • 'Response to Burrell, Cessario, Chapp, Lamb and Murphy' Nova et Vetera, Vol 3 (1), Winter 2005: 179-201.
  • 'The Augustinian Turn in Catholic Moral Thought', The Australasian Catholic Record, Vol. 83(2), April, 2006: 247-256.
  • 'Variations on the Theme of Christian Hope in the work of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI', Communio: International Catholic Review 35 (Summer, 2008): 200-220.
  • 'Natural Law: From Neo-Scholasticism to Nuptial Mysticism', Communio: International Catholic Review, 35 (Fall, 2008): 374-396.
  • 'Review Essay on Aquinas, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice by Thomas Hibbs', Nova et Vetera 7:1 (2009): 284-289.
  • 'Response to Minlib Dahll', Conversations in Religion and Theology 7:2 (2009): 178-183.
  • 'Augustinian and Thomist Engagements with the World', American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 83(3), (2009).
  • 'The Contribution of the Polish Intelligentsia to the Breakthrough of 1989', Humanities Research, 2010.
  • 'The Crisis and Hope of Catechesis in Australia', Wspołczesna Katecheza: Kryzysy I Nadzieja, Opolska Biblioteka Teologiczna, 119, (Opole, 2010): 221-223.
  • 'El Logos Precede Al Ethos', Humanitas Number 64, (Primavera, 2011): 777-779.
  • 'Love and Society', Anthropotes, Vol. xxvii/1, (2011): 139-151.
  • 'Hermeneutyka reform według Josepha Ratzingera', Ethos, 100 (2012): 205-223.
  • 'Humus de la Cultura Cristiana', Humanitas No. 67, (Invierno 2012): 422-434.
  • 'Generation and the Sacramental Vision of Love', Anthropotes, XXVIII (2012): 47-57.
  • 'The Wars of Love: On Fergus Kerr's Twentieth Century Catholic Theologians', Josephinum Journal of Theology, 18 (1), (Spring, 2011): 191-199.
  • 'The World in the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI', Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 2, Number 2, June, (2013): 109-133.
  • 'Chrystus w centrum', Znak, Number 694, Marzec, (2013): 14-24.
  • 'Benedict XVI in the World of European Letters: a Very German Conversation', The Newman Rambler: Journal of the Newman Fellowship of McGill University, 2012:
  • Newman Rambler: Journal of the Newman Fellowship of McGill University, 2012:
  • 'The Elephants at the Synod: Logos, Ethos and Sacramentality', co-authored with Conor Sweeney, Anthropotes, XXX, 2, (2014): 491-517.
  • 'Catholic Education and the Bureaucratic Usurpation of Grace', Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought Vol. 4 (1) (2014): 1-18.
  • 'Feminism from the Perspective of Catholic Theology', Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought Vol. 5 (1) (2015): 1-16.
  • 'Catholic Education and the Bureaucratic Usurpation of Grace', Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought Vol. 4 (1) (2014): 1-18.
  • 'Feminism from the Perspective of Catholic Theology', Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought Vol. 5 (1) (2015): 1-16.
Conference Papers
  • 'The Final Rondine of Modernity in Central Europe,' Intellectuals in Europe Conference, Melbourne, October, 1992.
  • 'The Intellectual Formation of Vaclav Havel,' (Australian Political Science Association Conference), Wollongong University, 1994.
  • 'The Idea of self-development in the work of John Stuart Mill a al Justice Theory of Pope John Paul II,' Thomas More Lecture, Brisbane, August, 1995. nd Wilhelm von Humboldt,' Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, Cambridge, England, May, 1997.
  • 'Alasdair MacIntyre's concept of a Tradition-Constituted Rationality,' delivered at the Fides et Ratio conference, Melbourne, August, 2000.
  • 'The Pickstock and Ratzinger critiques of Post-Conciliar Liturgy,' Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Conference, Melbourne, October 8th, 2000.
  • 'Contemporary Catholic Visions of Femininity and Sexuality', Natural Family Planning Conference, Sydney, April, 2002.
  • 'The Conflict of Traditions within Contemporary Humanities Scholarship', Cardinal Stafford, 'Evangelisation of the University in Oceania' Conference, Melbourne, April 26, 2003
  • 'The Importance of the Transcendentals in Evangelisation', Cardinal Stafford Symposium, Sydney, May 2nd, 2003
  • 'Surviving the Conflict of Traditions in the Contemporary Academy', ICSMA Conference, Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne, July 12, 2003
  • 'Edith Stein: a Profile in Sanctity', ICSMA Conference, Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne, July 13, 2003
  • 'What is Augustinian Thomism?' Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Conference, March 6, Polding Centre, Sydney, 2004.
  • 'Sowing the Seeds of Holiness' ICSMA Conference, Brisbane, July, 2004.
  • 'Chesterton and Gaudium et spes', 4th Annual National Chesterton Conference, Melbourne, 7-9 May, 2004.
  • Response to Richard Schenk OP and Lieven Boeve 'Scrutinizing the Signs of the Times and Interpreting Them in the Light of the Gospel, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, September 9-11, 2004.
  • Response to Jeanne Heffernan, Robert Kraynak, and James Keating, at the Maritain Conference, Washington DC October 13-16, 2005.
  • Response to Symposium Participants, University of Chicago, February, 2005.
  • 'History and Metaphysics in the Thought of Benedict XVI", Crisis and Kairos: the Philosophy of History and the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Institut Catholique de Paris, June, 2006. Several colloquium interventions prepared.
  • 'Liturgy in the thought of Benedict XVI', Australian Catholic Students' Association Annual Conference, Newman College, University of Melbourne, July 9, 2006.
  • The Moral Theology of Benedict XVI, Australian Catholic Students' Association, Annual Conference, Canberra, July 7-9, 2007.
  • 'The Democratisation of Intimacy', Paper delivered at the John Paul II Institute International Colloquium, Sacrofano, Italy, July, 2007.
  • Von Balthasar as Peritus in Deus Caritas Est, Deus Caritas Est, Colloquium, John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, June, 2007.

Since 2007 all conference papers have been published, so see publications list.
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Cambridge Society of Australia (2000 -)
  • Member, Council of Australian Catholic Women (2003-2008)
  • Member, British Council Alumni Association (Australia) (2000-)
  • Patron, Australian Catholic Students Association (2005-)
  • Trustee, Council of Campion College, Sydney (2008-2010)
  • Member, Academic Board, Campion College (2010- 2015)
  • Member, Australian Catholic Theological Association (2010-)
  • Member, American Academy of Religion (2010-)
  • Trustee, Mary Glowery Trust. (2015-)
  • Editorial Board Member: Communio:International Catholic Review, Anglophone Edition.
  • Editorial Board Member, Radical Orthodoxy: A Journal of Theology, Philosophy and Politics.
  • Editorial Board Member, Synesis, Journal of the Edith Stein Institute, Granada, Spain.
  • Editorial Board Member, The Newman Rambler: Faith, Culture and the Academy, publication of the Newman Centre of McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Editorial Reviewer, Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics, University of Notre Dame (Australia).
  • Honorary Fellow, Campion College, Sydney.
  • Dame, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
  • Dame, Sovereign Military Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta
  • Member, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy