The Vice-Chancellor

Professor Peter Sherlock

Professor Peter Sherlock BA(Hons) MA DPhil


Professor Peter Sherlock is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for strategic leadership of the University and for maintaining and enhancing the collegiate relationships across the University’s Colleges, and is a member of the University Council.

Born in Melbourne in 1972, Professor Sherlock is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and of the University of Oxford, where he held a Commonwealth Scholarship from 1997 to 2000. From 2004 to 2008 he was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. From 2008 to 2012 he was Dean of the United Faculty of Theology in Parkville, Victoria.

Professor Sherlock was appointed as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of the University in 2012. In 2016 his appointment was renewed for a further five-year term commencing in January 2017. He is presently Chair of the Council of Deans of Theology (2014- ) and Treasurer of ANZAMEMS.

Professor Sherlock is a cultural and religious historian with particular interests in early modern Europe and Australia. His research focusses on memory, especially the commemoration of the dead in monuments, and on gender roles and representations in the Christian church. Current projects include a history of the early modern monuments of Westminster Abbey, a theological history of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church c.1860-2015, and a survey of Australian higher degree by research theses in theology completed in the last two decades.

In 2017 he presented the Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture at Trinity College, entitled “Why Australia Needs Theology“.

Selected publications include: