Professor Jeremy Carrette is appointed as the new Head of School

We’re delighted to announce that Professor Jeremy Carrette will join us as Head of School on 1st August 2023.

Black and White head and shoulders photo of Professor Jeremy Carrette
Professor Jeremy Carrette

Professor Carrette will join us from the University of Kent where he is presently Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Culture and Dean for Europe . He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Anglican History and Theology.

The Head of School is a pivotal role within Divinity as it leads the strategic development of the School and the academic staff .  Professor Carrette takes over the helm of the School as Professor Helen Bond steps down after her five year tenure in the position. 

Professor Carette come to us with plenty of experience

In his role as Dean for Europe he was responsible for European strategic planning at the University of Kent, which included chairing the University Brexit Working Group and jointly establishing the Interregional Internationalisation Initiative University Network (3i Network). He also brings experience at Kent as Head of the School of European Culture and Languages, Head of Religious Studies from 2008-2016, transforming their REF success, and, previously in Scotland, as Head of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling.

Carrette has published numerous books and articles on the work of the French philosopher Michel Foucault, including Michel Foucault and Religion (Routledge, 2000), the edited collection of papers Michel Foucault on Religion (Manchester, 1999) and edited, with James Bernauer, Michel Foucault and Theology (Ashgate, 2004). He has also published extensively on William James, including editing, with Eugene Taylor, the centenary edition of The Varieties of Religious Experience (Routledge, 2002), editing the Edinburgh Gifford Lecture centenary conference collection William James and The Varieties of Religious Experience (Routledge, 2005) and writing a further study on William James’s Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations (Routledge, 2013).

He gave the 2002 Cunningham lectures at the University of Edinburgh, now published as Religion and Critical Psychology: Religious Experience in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2007) and, with Richard King, wrote a critical study of religion and neoliberalism, Selling Spirituality: The Silent Take Over of Religion (Routledge, 2005). His work also includes an edited book with Hugh Miall on the United Nations, following a five-year AHRC/ESRC ‘Religion and Society’ large grant, Religion, NGOs and the United Nations: Visible and Invisible Actors in Power (Bloomsbury, 2017).

His present research work includes a study of William James’s pragmatic theory of love, a 20th anniversary edition of Selling Spirituality and a network project collection on The Global Dynamics of Anglicanism.

We would like to thank Helen Bond for all of her hard work over the last five years who, in addition to the day job, successfully led the School through COVID and our 175th Anniversary year.

I am absolutely delighted to be joining colleagues at the School of Divinity and the University of Edinburgh. The School of Divinity is known throughout the world for its excellent research and high-quality teaching in theology and religious studies and it is a privilege to lead the School into the next phase of its development. The welcome and warmth of the New College community was amazing and getting to know colleagues and students will be a real pleasure. I am excited to return to Scotland to work with everyone in building the future of our disciplines and developing the rich engagements with local and global communities. It feels like a whirlwind of change now, but I am looking forward to the new opportunities and the journey ahead.

Professor Jeremy Carrette