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Marion Maddox is the leading authority on the intersection of religion and politics in Australia. She holds PhDs in theology (Flinders 1992) and political philosophy (UNSW 2000), and has taught Australian politics and religious studies in universities in Australia and New Zealand.

As the 1999-2000 Australian Parliamentary Fellow, she interviewed some fifty serving and retired federal Members and Senators about their views on faith and public life, resulting inFor God and Country: Religious Dynamics in Australian Federal Politics (Canberra: Parliament of Australia 2001).

Her landmark work, God Under Howard: The Rise of The Religious Right in Australian Politics (Sydney: Allen & Unwin 2005), was 'an exemplary case study of the interaction between religion and politics in Australia today' (Times Literary Supplement).

'Taking God to School: The End of Australia's Egalitarian Education will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2014.'

"Marion Maddox is challenging all Australians about the kind of society we want for the future. There is much at stake here and this makes Taking God to School essential reading." -- Peter Garrett, Sydney Review of Books, May 2014, http://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/taking-god-to-school-marion-maddox/

Research interests

Religion and politics; religion and law; religion and citizenship; religious diversity; religious freedom; democracy, difference and inclusion; Durkheim.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD (Philosophy), The University of New South Wales

… → 2000

PhD (Theology), Flinders University

… → 1992

BA (Hons), University of Sydney

… → 1988

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Research Outputs

The Consolation of Profit

Symons, M. & Maddox, M., 19 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : New formations. 99

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • After his 'miracle' election, will Scott Morrison feel pressure from Christian leaders on religious freedom?

    Maddox, M., 28 May 2019, The Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
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    Australia's Religious Communities: Senior Version

    Maddox, M. & Smith, R., Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Australia's Politics and Public Policy: Senior Version. Sydney University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Australia's Religious Communities: Junior Version

    Maddox, M. & Smith, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Australia's Politics and Public Policy: Junior Version. Sydney University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Christian Right

    Maddox, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion. Possamai, A. & Blasi, A. (eds.). SAGE Publications

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference book


    • 7 Invited talk
    • 1 Other
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Stream Content Manager, Religion and Society Research Group

    Max Harwood (Other), Jaap Timmer (Participant), Marion Maddox (Participant)
    2020 → …

    Activity: Other

    Imagining Asian Australia: Constructions of "Asian Religion" and Australian Federation

    Marion Maddox (Speaker)
    18 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Leibniz University

    Marion Maddox (Visiting researcher)
    8 Jul 20198 Sep 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Murdoch University International Theologian Public Lecture Series, Lecture 2

    Marion Maddox (Speaker)
    17 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    The Narrowcaster

    Marion Maddox


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment