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Dr Robert Andrews

Dr Robert Andrews

Church History

BA (Hons) (UNDA, 2007), PhD (Murdoch, 2012)

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Notre Dame, Australia (2007)


Areas of Research Interest

  • English Catholicism and Anglicanism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • The life and thought of John Henry Newman
  • Australian Catholic history



I have been teaching Church history at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2016. Before coming to Sydney, I lived in Perth, Western Australia, where I taught at the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle), Murdoch University and the Centre for Faith Enrichment. My education was completed at the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) and Murdoch University, where I gained my doctorate in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Rowan Strong. Since early 2022 I have taken up the role of Assistant Dean (Academic), in addition to being Senior Lecturer in Church History.


Select Publications

  • “Nicholas Wiseman, The Dublin Review, and the Oxford Movement: A Study with Reference to John Henry Newman, 1836 to 1845.” Church History 91, no. 2 (2022): 332–59.
  • “Continuing Anglicanism? The History, Theology, and Contexts of ‘The Affirmation of St Louis’ (1977).” Journal of Religious History 46, no. 1 (2022): 40–60.
  • “The Spirit of Anglicanorum Coetibus: Beauty in the Development of Anglican Patrimony.” In The Anglican Patrimony in Catholic Communion: The Gift of the Ordinariates, edited by Tracey Rowland, 109–30. London: T&T Clark, 2021.
  • Apologia Pro Beata Maria Virgine: John Henry Newman’s Defence of the Virgin Mary in Catholic Doctrine and Piety. Washington, DC: Academica Press, 2017.
  • “High Church Anglicanism in the Nineteenth Century.” In Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. 3: Partisan Anglicanism and its Global Expansion, 1829–c.1914, edited by Rowan Strong, 141–64. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • “Luther’s Reformation and Sixteenth-Century Catholic Reform: Broadening a Traditional Narrative.” Australasian Catholic Record 94, no. 4 (2017): 427–39.
  • “Joshua Watson: High Church Lay Activism and the Development of Colonial Anglicanism, 1814–1855.” International Bulletin of Mission Research 40, no. 4 (2016): 358–67.
  • “The ‘Miasma of Myth’: John Henry Newman, the Oxford Movement, and the Hagiography of a Romantic Hero.” Colloquium 48, no. 2 (2016): 209–22.
  • Lay Activism and the High Church Movement of the Late Eighteenth Century: The Life and Thought of William Stevens, 1732–1807. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • “Women of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century High Church Tradition: A Biographical and Historiographical Exploration of a Forgotten Phenomenon in Anglican History.” Anglican and Episcopal History 84, no.1 (2015): 49–64.
  • “Does Devotion to Our Lady Ever go too Far? Newman on Marian piety in the Letter to Pusey(1866).” The Downside Review 130, no. 460 (2012): 43–60.
  • “‘Our Pattern of Faith’: The Virgin Mary in John Henry Newman’s Theory of Religious Development.” Compass: A Review of Topical Theology 46, no. 3 (2012): 27–37.
  • “‘Master in the Art of Holy Living’: The Sanctity of William Stevens.” In Saints and Sanctity, edited by Peter Clarke and Tony Claydon, 307–17. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press, 2011.