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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 in For 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



  • PhD (Political Philosophy), University of New South Wales, 31/12/2000
  • PhD (Technology), Flinders University, 31/12/1992
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Anthropology), University of Sydney, 31/12/1988


Research keywords

  • Durkheim
  • Religion and politics
  • democracy
  • difference and inclusion
  • religion and citizenship
  • religion and law
  • religious diversity
  • religious freedom

Research expertise

Professor Maddox's areas of research expertise include religion and politics; religion and law; religion and citizenship; religious diversity; religious freedom; democracy, difference and inclusion; and Durkheim.

Fields of Research

220000Philosophy And Religious Studies50
220405Religion And Society30
160601Australian Government And Politics20


Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australasian Political Studies Association
  • Member - New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions
  • Australian Association for Study of Religions


Australian Association for Study of Religions (Australia)
01/01/1999 - 01/12/2001


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Book (4 outputs)

2014Maddox M, Taking God to School. The end of Australia's egalitarian education?, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 248 (2014) [A1]
2005Maddox M, God Under Howard, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 400 (2005)
2001Maddox M, For God and Country: Religious Dynamics in Australian Federal Politics, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 299 (2001)
1993Habel NC, O'Donoghue MT, Maddox M, Myth, Ritual and the Sacred, University of South Australia, South Australia, 170 (1993)
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Chapter (18 outputs)

2012Maddox M, 'Christianity in Australia and New Zealand: Faith and Politics in Secular Soil', Introducing World Christianity, John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex 201-217 (2012)
2011Maddox M, 'Religion as the New Race', Outcast: the Plight of Black African Refugees, Africa World Press, . 69-82 (2011) [B1]
2011Maddox M, 'Salvation and Conquest: The Battle for Australia', The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Politics and Religion in America, Wiley-Blackwell, . 424-438 (2011)
2009Maddox M, 'Religion, State and Politics in Australia', The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2009)
2009Maddox M, 'Hillsong and the Megachurches', The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 325-329 (2009)
2007Maddox M, 'Methodism', The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Oxford 340-342 (2007)
2007Maddox M, 'When God Meets Politics', Time for Change, Hardie Grant, Melbourne 121-138 (2007)
2005Maddox M, Schraener C, 'What Should Be the Place of Religion in Australian Politics?', 2005 Peace Yearbook, People for Nuclear Disarmament, Sydney 3-6 (2005)
2005Maddox M, 'Religion, Family and Invention of Tradition', A Passion for Politics: Essays in honour of Graham Maddox, Pearson Education Australia, Sydney 223-234 (2005)
2004Maddox M, 'One Country Under Howard', A Win and a Prayer: Scenes from the 2004 Australian election, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney 43-49 (2004)
2003Maddox M, 'Durkheim Beyond Liberalism: Liberal accommodations of group rights', Human Rights Research, Victoria Human Rights Programme, Wellington 71-102 (2003)
2003Maddox M, 'Blackleg Churches? The changing relationship between church and executive government', Spirit of Australia vol. II, Australian Theological Forum, Melbourne 145-163 (2003)
2003Maddox M, 'Durkheim Beyond Liberalism: Liberal accommodations of group rights', Human Rights Research, Victoria Human Rights Programme, Wellington 71-102 (2003)
2001Maddox M, 'The Preamble Debate: Religion and Public Values in Australia', Spirit of Australia: Religion in Citizenship and National Life, Australian Theological Forum, Melbourne 150-180 (2001)
2000Maddox M, 'Baring All: Testimony as Moral Exhortation', Disclosures, Ashgate, London 69-99 (2000)
1998Maddox M, 'Religion in the Hindmarsh Island Controversy', Cultural Heritage: Values and Rights, Flinders University Centre for Applied Philosophy, Adelaide 61-79 (1998)
1997Maddox M, 'Sticks and Stones: Religious Freedom, State Neutrality and Indigenous Heritage Protection', Australasian Political Studies 1997, Bedford Park: Flinders University, Adelaide 637-652 (1997)
1994Maddox M, 'Nor Ever Chast Except You Ravish Mee: Sexual Politics and Protestant Pieties', Claiming Our Rites: Australian Feminist Essays in Religion, Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Adelaide 37-56 (1994)
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Journal article (30 outputs)

2014Maddox M, 'Right-wing Christian intervention in a Naïve Polity: The Australian Christian lobby', Political Theology, 15 132-150 (2014) [C1]

DOI: 10.1179/1462317X13Z.00000000071

Citations: Scopus - 0

2014Maddox M, 'Religious Intervention in a Naïve Polity:The Australian Christian Lobby', Political Theology, 15 132-150 (2014)
2014Maddox M, 'Finding God in Global Politics', International Political Science Review, 35 . (2014)

DOI: 10.1177/0192512113509419

Citations: Scopus - 0

2013Maddox M, 'Prosper, Consume and Be Saved', Critical Research on Religion, 1 108-115 (2013) [C1]
2013Maddox M, '"Rise Up Warrior Princess Daughters" Is evangelical women's submission a mere fairytale?'', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 29 7-23 (2013) [C1]
2012Maddox M, 'God Under Gillard: What difference does it make when the nation's leader is an atheist?', Uniting Church Studies, 18 51-64 (2012) [C1]
2012Maddox M, ''In the Goofy parking lot': growth churches as a novel religious form for late capitalism', SOCIAL COMPASS, 59 146-158 (2012) [C1]

DOI: 10.1177/0037768612440954 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 6 | Web of Science - 3

2012Maddox M, 'Les dynamiques politiques en Australie : religion et politique dans un système laïque', Pouvoirs, 141 51-64 (2012)
2011Maddox M, 'A Secular Cancellation of the Secularist Truce: Religion and Political Legitimation in Australia', Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, 2 287-308 (2011) [C1]
2011Maddox M, 'The Church, the State and the Classroom: Questions Posed by an Overlooked Sector in Australia's Education Market', University of NSW Law Journal, 34 300-314 (2011) [C1]
2011Maddox M, 'Are religious schools socially inclusive or exclusive? An Australian conundrum', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CULTURAL POLICY, 17 170-186 (2011) [C1]

DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2010.544729 | Author URL

Citations: Scopus - 1 | Web of Science - 1

2009Maddox M, 'An Argument for More, Not Less, Religion in Australian Politics', Australian Religion Studies Review, 22 345-367 (2009)
2009Maddox M, 'Exploring Religion and Politics: Introduction', Australian Religion Studies Review, 17 345-367 (2009)
2009Maddox M, 'Back Room Religion', Australian Review of Public Affairs, . (2009)
2009Maddox M, 'God, Caesar and Alexander4', Australian Quarterly, 75 4-9 (2009)
2008Maddox M, 'The Right Hand of God and the Left Hand of God', Australian Review of Public Affairs, . (2008)
2007Maddox M, 'Religion, Secularism and the Promise of Public Theology', International Journal of Public Theology 1, 85-103 (2007)
2004Maddox M, 'Howard's Methodism: How convenient?!', Journal of Australian Studies, 83 (2004)
2002Maddox M, 'All In the Family: Women, Religion and the Australian Right', Australian Religion Studies Review, 15 13-28 (2002)
2001Maddox M, 'Blackleg Churches? The changing relationship between religion and executive government', Australian Religion Studies Review, 14 5-16 (2001)
2001Maddox M, 'Whatever Happened to Equality?', Social Alternatives, 20 14-18 (2001)
2000Maddox M, 'With Hope in God": The Preamble Debate, Religion and Public Values', Australian Religion Studies Review, 13 . (2000)
1999Maddox M, 'Affirmative Action: Liberal Accommodation or Radical Trojan Horse?', Australian Journal of Law and Society, 14 1-4 (1999)
1999Maddox M, 'For God and States' Rights: Euthanasia in the Senate', Legislative Studies, 14 51-61 (1999)
1998Maddox M, 'Guest-edited special issue of Australian Religion Studies Review themed issue Religion and Politics.', Australian Religion Studies Review, 11 (1998)
1998Maddox M, 'Religion and the Secular State Revisited', Australian Religion Studies Review, 11 97-113 (1998)
1998Maddox M, 'What is a Fabrication? The Political Status of Religious Belief', Australian Religion Studies Review, 11 5-16 (1998)
1997Maddox M, 'How Late Night Theology Sparked A Royal Commission into Indigenous Australian Religious Belief', Sophia: International Journal for Philosophical Theology and Cross-cultural Philosophy of Religion, 37 111-135 (1997)
1996Maddox M, ''Bodies, Equality and Truth: What Does Affirmative Action Affirm?', Alternative Law Journal, 21 168-172 (1996)
1993Maddox M, 'Ethics and Rhetoric of the Starving Child', Social Semiotics, 3 71-94 (1993)
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Conference (13 outputs)

2009Maddox M, 'Australia's Religious Right: How far can American comparisons take us?', ., Dunedin, New Zealand (2009) [E3]
2009Maddox M, 'International Symposium on Religion and Multicultural Citizenship', ., University of New South Wales, Australia (2009) [E3]
2009Maddox M, 'Secularism and Religious Politics: An Australian Exception', ., University of Copenhagen in cooperation with Dep. of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham and Dep. of Legal Philosophy and Law of Culture and Religion, University of Vienna (2009) [E3]
2009Maddox M, 'Accommodating Religious Diversity: Beyond Liberal Dilemmas', ., Santa Barbara, California (2009) [E3]
2008Maddox M, 'Why We Need More Religion in Australian Politics, Not Less', ., Sydney (2008) [E3]
2008Maddox M, 'Saved By Shopping', ., University of Aix-Marseilles (2008) [E3]
2005Maddox M, 'Howard and the Resurgence of Christian Politics', ., Sydney, NSW (2005)
2004Maddox M, 'People Like That: Race, religion and values in recent Australian political rhetoric', ., Adelaide, SA (2004)
2002Maddox M, 'The Political Price of Religious Innocence', ., Brisbane, Australia (2002)
2002Maddox M, 'Durkheim Beyond Liberalism', ., Wellington, New Zealand (2002)
2002Maddox M, 'Howard's Social Policy: Where Does It Come From and How Long Will It Last?', ., Hobart, Tasmania (2002)
2002Maddox M, 'What is Religion For? Durkheim and the "Religion of Man"', ., Wellington, New Zealand (2002)
2002Maddox M, 'Religion and Australian Politics: Out of the Methodological Bog', ., Canberra (2002)
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$15,000

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2014 (1 grants)

Religion and Radicalism Research Network$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Timothy Stanley, Professor Roland Boer, Professor Hilary Carey, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox, Doctor Kathleen McPhillips, Doctor Christina Petterson
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox

PositionConjoint Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia