Research Profile: Kerrie Handasyde

PhD, MA (Research), BA, BTheol, AMusA

Research Interests

Kerrie researches and publishes on the history of Protestant Nonconformity in Australia with a particular focus on literature, landscape, liturgy, arts and lived experience. She also has an interest in the relationship between the local church, denominational identity and the stories that we tell ourselves about the past.

Kerrie brings many years of teaching and educational administration experience to her role, and is currently Treasurer of the Religious History Association.

Recent publications

‘Anzac Theology and the Women Poets Under the Southern Cross’, Colloquium: The Australia and New Zealand Theological Review, Vol. 49, No. 1 (May 2017).

‘Pioneering Leadership: Historical Myth-Making, Absence and Identity in the Churches of Christ in Victoria’, Journal of Religious History, Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 2017).

‘Holy Land Tourism: A Horseback Ride from Public Theology to Private Faith’, Melbourne Historical Journal, Vol. 43 special issue: ‘Territories and Transitions’ (2015).

‘Harvest Thanksgiving and the Photography of Grace’, Australian Journal of Liturgy, Vol. 14, No. 4 (2015).

‘Transforming history: the origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Victoria, Australia’, Stone-Campbell Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring 2014).

Kerrie has also written extensively for a more general audience, for example:

‘Wattle: “symbol of this nation’s heart”’, Australian Garden History, Vol. 29, no. 3 (January 2018).

With My Sister Beside Me: History of Women’s Ministry Unit-Churches of Christ in Australia (Mulgrave: Australian Churches of Christ Historical Society, 2014).


Research profile

For more information see Kerrie’s profile here  and more details at the University of Divinity Research Repository.