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Senior Lecturer in Theology, Australian Catholic University

Joel Hodge grew up in Brisbane and completed his doctorate in Studies in Religion at the University of Queensland. His dissertation explored how Christian faith and the Catholic Church provided the basis for forgiving and non-violent resistance to violence and oppression in East Timor under Indonesian occupation. This study will be forthcoming with Ashgate Publishing as Resisting Violence and Victimisation: Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor. Joel's main academic interest is in the philosophical insights of René Girard and has an edited book forthcoming with Continuum: Violence, Desire and the Sacred: Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines. Joel has an active interest in East Timor and speaks the main local language, Tetun.


  • 2009–present
    Lecturer, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University
  • 2008–2009
    Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, USA
  • 2004–2006
    Tutor, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, University of Queensland


  • 2009 
    University of Queensland, PhD


  • 2011
    "Violence, Resistance & Reconciliation: A mimetic analysis of East Timorese story-telling", Contagion: The Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture
  • 2011
    "Conscience, the Self, and the Victim: East Timor & René Girard’s Mimetic Theory in Dialogue”, Australian eJournal of Theology
  • 2011
    "Why Do Humans Commit Violence?", Compass – A Review of Topical Theology