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Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing, University of Roehampton

Tina Beattie is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing at the University of Roehampton. She is also Director of the Catherine of Siena College, which provides online courses in theology, gender and social justice designed for those who might not otherwise have access to higher education. Her main areas of teaching and research are in theologies and theories of gender; theology and psychoanalysis; theology and the arts; moral theology, and religion, development and women's rights. Her doctoral research was on the theology and symbolism of the Virgin Mary, drawing on the psycholinguistic theory of Luce Irigaray as a resource for the analysis of Christian writings on Mary and Eve in the early Church and in recent Catholic theology. Her thesis formed the basis of her book, God's Mother, Eve's Advocate (Continuum 2002), and these ideas are further developed in New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory' (Routledge 2006). Her most recent research monograph, Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void - a Lacanian reading of Thomas Aquinas, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is also the author of The New Atheists (Darton, Longman & Todd 2007; Orbis Books 2008). She is currently doing research into religion, poverty and maternal well-being in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tina is a contributor to The Tablet, The Guardian online and the online journal Open Democracy. Television and radio appearances include BBC1, BBC2, Sky News and Al Jazeera, BBC Radios 1 and 2, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and RTE (Ireland).

Tina is a member of the Theological Advisory Group of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod), and she is often asked to give lectures and run workshops for parishes, religious communities and interfaith groups.


  • 2002–present
    Professor, University of Roehampton


  • 1998 
    University of Bristol, PhD