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Renée Köhler Ryan

Professor Renée Köhler-Ryan (BA (Liberal Arts) The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, USA, Rome Italy; MA (Lic.) Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; PhD (Philosophy), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is a Professor and Dean of the School of Philosophy and Theology at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney.

Previous to this she was a researcher and academic assistant at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where she defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled From Head to Foot Set in our Place: Sacred Space as the Expression of Religious Experience and Imagination. She retains her interest, from that work, in the continuing influence of St. Augustine and on the work of her doctoral supervisor, contemporary philosopher William Desmond.

She has also lectured in Philosophy in Rome, Italy.

She is interested in the ideas, art and architecture of the Middle Ages, issues surrounding philosophy of the human person, political philosophy, philosophy of culture, and the dynamic relationship between faith and reason in the catholic intellectual tradition.


  • 2014–present
    Dr. , University of Notre Dame Australia