Researcher biography

Joel Barnes is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, working on the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project run by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society. His work on the project examines the history of relations between religion and evolutionary science within Australian higher education. Before joining the University of Queensland, Joel was a Research Associate in the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney, working on an Australian Research Council-funded project on the history of humanities institutions in Australia since 1945, for which he is finalising a monograph on the humanities disciplines and the idea of the national interest.

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • History of universities
  • History of humanities
  • History of science
  • History of knowledge


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University