Rob Freathy read Theology at the University of Oxford and completed his doctorate in Education at the University of Exeter. He is currently Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Deputy Director of the University of Exeter Doctoral College. He is also Associate Professor of History of Education in the Graduate School of Education. He was formerly Director of Postgraduate Research and Director of Taught Programmes for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. He has held a number of positions of responsibility in the Graduate School of Education, including Head of School, Director of Education, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Undergraduate Programmes, and Director of the BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice programmes.
His research interests include religious education, education for citizenship, the historiography of 20th century education and the application of historical methods in educational research. He is co-editor of History of Education Researcher, Reviews Editor of History of Education, and a member of the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Religious Education. He is co-editor of a series of books published by Peter Lang on the theme of Religion, Education and Values. He has also authored and edited numerous books, including Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief (Oxford, 2012) and History, Remembrance and Religious Education (Oxford, 2014). He has contributed articles to the following journals: History of Education, History of Education Researcher, Oxford Review of Education, Religious Education, British Journal of Religious Education, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Journal for the Study of Spirituality, REToday, REsource and Dialogue Australasia. He is also responsible for developing Exe Libris: The UK History of Education Society On-line Bibliography (see http://dll.ex.ac.uk/hoebibliography/). He is currently completing three research projects: ‘RE-flect: A programme to foster metacognition in the Religious Education classroom’ (funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation); ‘The Art of Narrative Theology in RE’ (funded by Bible Society/Westhill Endowment Trust) and 'RE-searchers: A Critical Dialogic Approach to Religious Education in Primary Schools' (funded by the Culham St Gabriel's Trust).