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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



Born in Sydney, raised in Hobart and educated in Perth, I have been employed at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2016. Prior to working at CIS I taught at various places in Perth, including the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. I received my PhD in Church History at Murdoch University in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Rowan Strong. In addition to being Senior Lecturer in Church History at CIS, I also hold the role of Assistant Dean (Academic). I maintain a keen interest in various areas of historical scholarship related to the discipline of Church history, especially the religious aspects of nineteenth-century Britain and, in particular, the life and thought of John Henry Newman (1801–90). I am a member of various professional bodies, including the Ecclesiastical History Society of Great Britain. I am also a member of and councillor for the Australian Catholic Historical Society. In late 2022, I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


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.