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Marion Maddox


Marion Maddox is a Professor of Politics at Macquarie University in Sydney. She holds PhDs in Theology (Flinders, 1992) and Political Philosophy (UNSW, 2000) and has taught in both Religious Studies and Politics Departments and held distinguished research fellowships in Australia and overseas.

In 2008, she returned to Australia to head Macquarie’s Centre for Research on Social Inclusion. In 2011, the Australian Research Council granted her four years’ funding to research religion and schools.

Her most influential book to date was God Under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics (Allen & Unwin, 2005).

She is married to food writer and former restaurateur Michael Symons.

The rest of the time, she is a parent, gardener, knitter, beekeeper, sourdough baker and church choir member. She is a product of both public and private schools, where religious instruction—or “Scripture” as it is known in NSW—was one of her favourite subjects.

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