Professor Douglas Pratt
Convenor, Graduate & International Student Adviser (Studies in Religion)
Qualifications: BA Auck and Waik, MA Auck, BD Otago, LTh(Hons) NZ, PhD StAnd DTheol Melb Coll of Divinity
Professor Pratt also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor (Theology & Interreligious Studies) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. A former President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) and the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions (NZASR), Professor Pratt is the New Zealand Associate of the Australian-based UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations – Asia Pacific. He is also an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
Professor Pratt was Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, for the Spring semester (February–June) 2011 and previously, during the Spring semester of 2010 (January–May), he was in the United States as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, where he taught a course on religious extremism in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He has undertaken research and has taught at other major overseas universities including a term in 2004 as Visiting Lecturer in Christian–Muslim Relations at the University of Birmingham, UK and, for the academic year 2005-06, Honorary Research Fellow at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, and guest lecturer for the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and has been a visiting scholar at the International Islamic University, Malaysia, and the Pontifical Institute for the Study of Arabic and Islam, Rome. He has also previously taught in an honorary or visiting capacity for the theology programme of the University of Auckland.
Professor Pratt is a regular visitor to Australia presenting at conferences and seminars and giving guest lectures. With his links to the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC) and the Centre for Islam in the Modern World at Monash University, he has been a consultant on religious fundamentalism and extremism to the Australian Federal Government and a guest presenter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and FBI Leadership in Counter-Terrorism – Pacific program.
Professor Pratt's research interests focus on recent and contemporary topics to do with Christianity, Islam, Christian-Muslim relations, interreligious dialogue, and religious issues such as pluralism, fundamentalism and extremism. Currently, he is a member of the leadership team, with special responsibility for East, South, Southeast Asia and Oceania, for the University of Birmingham (UK) based international research project Christian-Muslim Relations 1500-1900 (CMR1900) – see www.birmingham.ac.uk/cmr1900.
Professor Pratt is widely published with a number of sole-authored and edited books and articles published in international academic journals. He is presently a co-editor of Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (Netherlands) and an associate editor for Islam and Christian Muslim Relations (UK) and the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion (UK). He is also one of three editors of the Berner Interreligiöse Ökumenische Studien (Bern Interreligious Oecumenical Studies) series for the Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift (Switzerland).
Christianity; Islam; Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue; religious fundamentalism; religion and terrorism; religious diversity and interfaith engagement