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Dr Anna Rowlands

St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice

MA (Cantab) MA (London) PhD (Manchester)

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St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice in the Department of Theology and ReligionAbbey House 106+44 (0) 191 33 43968

Research interests

  • Forced Migration, Political Theology, Catholic social thought, Gillian Rose, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt

Awarded Grants

  • 2017: Post-Laudato Si' project: theology, ecology and development(£116000.00 from Stichting Porticus)
  • 2016: Local Community Experiences and Responses to Conflict Induced Displacement from Syria: Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey(£74872.09 from AHRC)
  • 2015: PhD in the area of Catholic charitable work around homelessness(£45000.00 from The Charles Plater Trust)


Authored book

  • Rowlands, Anna (Accepted). Catholic Social Teaching: A Guide for the Perplexed. Bloomsbury.

Chapter in book

  • Rowlands, Anna (Accepted). Beginning in the Middle: the third city and the politics of membership. In Misrecognitions. Davis, Joshua B. Wipf and Stock.
  • Rowlands, Anna (2020). Reading Simone Weil in East London: Destitution, decreation and the history of force. In Suffering and the Christian Life. Kilby, Karen & Davies, Rachel T&T Clark. 113-132.
  • Rowlands, Anna (2018). Against the Manichees: Immigration Detention and the Shaping of the Theo-political Imagination. In Religion in the European Refugee Crisis. Schmiedel, Ulrich & Smith, Graeme Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 163-187.
  • Rowlands, Anna (2018). On the Promise and Limits of Politics: Faith-Based Responses to Asylum-Seeking. In Fortress Britain? Ethical approaches to Immigration. Ryan, Ben London, UK Philadelphia, PA, USA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 68-93.

Edited book

  • Phillips, Elizabeth, Rowlands, Anna & Daughton, Amy (2018). T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology. Bloomsbury.

Journal Article

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