BA(Hons), MA, DPhil
Professor Peter Sherlock is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity. He was appointed as inaugural Vice-Chancellor in 2012, and reappointed for five year terms in 2016 and 2021.
Professor Sherlock studied history at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1997-2000) and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2004-2008). He joined the University in 2008 serving as Dean of the United Faculty of Theology (2008-2012).
Professor Sherlock’s research examines the cultural history of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, especially the commemoration of the dead and cultures of remembering and forgetting. He also publishes on gender and religion, and on theological education. Forthcoming works include The Monuments of Westminster Abbey: Power and Memory in Early Modern Britain (Routledge) and (with Daniel Nellor) a book on the impact of theological study in the careers of prominent Australians.
He has supervised over 20 masters and doctoral theses in diverse fields including early modern European history and theology, modern mission history, gender relations in Christian churches, and governance and strategy in modern religious institutions.
Professor Sherlock’s teaching specialisations include Reformation and Renaissance European history and theology, research methodology, and Anglican identity and polity.
He is the Chair of the Council of Deans of Theology (2015-), the peak body for the theology sector in Australia, and President of ANZATS (2022-). He serves on various governing bodies for the Anglican Church in Australia.
Accredited teaching disciplines
- Council of Deans of Theology (Chair)
- Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Member)
- Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (President)
- St Paul's Cathedral Music Foundation (Trustee)