Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Dr Ian Tregenza

Ian TregenzaSenior Lecturer

Location: Building W6A Room 429
Tel: 9850 8808
Fax: 9850 6064

Teaching Areas

POL107 Thinking Politically
POL305 Religion and Politics 
POL833 Intergovernmental Relations
POIR901 Research Methods in Politics and International Relations


 - 1990 BA (Hons), Macquarie 
- 1996 PhD, University of New South Wales

Research Grants and Awards

- 2015. ARC discovery grant (2015-2017). Project: 'A Secular State? Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity, 1788-1945'. With Prof. John Gascoigne (UNSW), and Dr. Stephen Chavura.
- 2007. ARC discovery grant (2007-2010). Project title: 'The Empire of Idealism? Civilisation and Australian New Idealism, 1850-1950'. With Prof. M. Hughes-Warrington (ANU), Prof. D. Boucher (Cardiff), Dr. S. Helgeby (Department of Finance, ACT).
- August 1997 to January 1998. German Academic Exchange Service post-doctoral research grant. Freie Universität, Berlin.

Higher Degree Current Research Supervision Topics

- Dystopia and Conservative Thought (Luke Torrisi)
- 'Leo Strauss and Michael Oakeshott on Reason, Individuality and Modernity' (David McIlwain) 
- 'Religious Motives, Secular Strategies? Evangelicals, temperance and the rise of the total abstinence societies in NSW 1788-1850' (Nicole Starling, MRes)

Recent publications


- Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes: A Study in the Renewal of Philosophical Ideas (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2003)

Edited Collections

- 'The Empire of Idealism', special edition of Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, No.1. 2011. (with M. Hughes-Warrington)
- 'Rethinking Secularism in Australia', special edition of Journal of Religious History, vol.38 no.3 2014 (with Stephen Chavura)

Journal Articles

- 'Law, Evolution, and the Organic State: Intellectual Sources of Industrial Arbitration in Australia', History Australia, vol.13 no.4, 2016, pp.525-539.
- 'Introduction: Rethinking Secularism in Australia (and Beyond) ' (with Stephen Chavura) special edition of Journal of Religious History, vol.38, no.3, September 2014
- 'The Political Theology of the Morpeth Review, 1927-34', Journal of Religious History, vol.38, no.3, September 2014.
- 'Rationalism and Tradition: The Popper-Oakeshott Conversation', (co-authored with Struan Jacobs) European Journal of Political Theory, vol.13, issue 1, January 2014, 3-23.
- 'Are we "all socialists now"? New Liberalism, State Socialism and the Australian Settlement', Labour History, No.102, May 2012, pp. 87-98.
- 'On the Relation between Politics and Time', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2011, pp. 366-376. 
- 'The Idealist Tradition in Australian Religious Thought', Journal of Religious History, vol.34, no.3, September 2010, pp. 335-353.
- 'State and Civilization in Australian New Idealism, 1890-1950', History of Political Thought, vol. 29, no. 1, Spring 2008. (Co-authored with Marnie Hughes-Warrington).
- 'Collingwood, Oakeshott, and Webb on the "Historical Element" in Religion', Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, Vol. 13, no. 2, 2007, 93-117.
- 'Leviathan as Myth: Michael Oakeshott and Carl Schmitt on Hobbes and the Critique of Rationalism', Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 1, 2002, 349-369.

Book Chapters

- 'State and Church', in J. Rasmussen, J. Wolfe, J. Zachhuber (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth Century Christian Thought (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
- 'A Political History of the Secular in Australia, 1788-1945' (with Stephen Chavura), in T. Stanley (ed.) Religion after Secularization in Australia (Palgrave, 2015)
- 'The "Maximum of Good Citizenship": Citizenship and Nation Building in Alfred Deakin's post-Federation Speeches' (with Mark Hearn), in J.Uhr and R. Walter (eds.)Studies in Australian Political Rhetoric (ANU Press, 2014)
- 'Secularism, Myth and History', in C. Hartney (ed.) Secularisation: New Historical Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014)
- 'Conversation and Conservation: Michael Oakeshott on the Character of University Education' in The Christian View of History and the Revival of the Liberal Arts, (Connercourt Quarterly, December 2012)
- 'Oakeshott's Contribution to Hobbes Scholarship', in E. Podoksik (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Oakeshott (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- 'Skepticism and Tradition: The Religious Imagination of Michael Oakeshott', C. Abel (ed.) The Meanings of Michael Oakeshott's Conservatism (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010).
- 'From Virtues to Values: Conceptions of Australian Citizenship', in C. Slade and M. Möllering (eds.) From Migrant to Citizen: Testing Language, Testing Culture (Palgrave, 2010).
- 'Political Theory', in R. Rhodes (ed.) The Australian Study of Politics (Palgrave, 2009).

Conferences Convened

- Creeds and Conflict: Doing Theology in Sydney, 1916-2016, A symposium at St. Paul's College, the University of Sydney, 30th November, 2016 to mark the centenary of the Heretics club. (With John Gascoigne and Paul Oslington).
- Rethinking Secularism in Australia and Beyond, Robert Menzies College, September 30, 2011 (with Stephen Chavura)
- The Empire of Idealism (triennial meeting of the R.G. Collingwood Society), Monash University conference center, Prato, Italy, 19-22 July, 2010 (with Marnie Hughes-Warrington)

Media Appearances

- 'Politics in a Poetic Key' (on the philosophy of Michael Oakeshott), The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, 10 June 2006. Transcript available at:
- 'The Strange Case of Australian Idealism', The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, 1 September 2007. Transcript available at: