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Bronwen Neil is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie, and member of the Macquarie University Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Envirinmnet and deouty directir of the Creative Documentary Research Centre. She studied Linguistics, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (1987-1991), before undertaking a Master of Arts in Theological Research at Durham University, UK (1997/1998) and completing her PhD at Australian Catholic University in 1999. Subsequently, she joined the Centre for Early Christian Studies there (2000-2015), serving as Associate Director (2014-2015). From 2001-2005 she held an ARC Postgraduate Research Fellowship, while teaching in the School of Theology at ACU. In 2010 she was appointed the inaugural holder of the Burke Senior Lectureship in Ecclesiastical Latin, and in 2015 was promoted to Associate Professor. She was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship (2014-2018) and joined Macquarie University as Professor of Ancient History in 2017. she is section head for Religious Studies in the Australian Academy of Humanities and a member of the Classics and History sections. In 2020-21 she was ARC Executive Director for Humanities and creative arts. 

Education/Academic qualification

Medieval Latin, PhD, Australian Catholic University


Award Date: 4 Apr 2000

Theological Studies, Masters of Arts, University of Durham


Award Date: 1 Dec 1998

Classics, Bachelor of Arts Honours, The University of Queensland


Award Date: 1 May 1992

External positions

Section Head, Religious Studies, Australian Academy of the Humanities

21 Nov 202220 Nov 2025

Vice President, Association internationale d’Etudes patristiques

21 Aug 201920 Aug 2024

Editorial board, Journal of Late Antiquity

2019 → …

Council, Australian Academy of the Humanities


Series editor, Byzantina Australiensia, E.J. Brill

2017 → …

Research Associate, University of South Africa


Editorial board, Vigiliae Christianae, E.J. Brill

2016 → …

Editorial board, Scrinium, Catholic University of Leuven

2015 → …

Subject editor, Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, E.J. Brill


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