Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Dr Ian Tregenza

Ian TregenzaSenior Lecturer

Location: AHH Building Level 2 South Wing
Tel: 9850 8808
Fax: 9850 6064

Teaching Areas

POL107 Thinking Politically
POL305 Religion and Politics 
POIR310 Political Ideology and Crisis

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)
- 'Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss: The Politics of Renaissance and Enlightenment' (David McIlwain) 
-'"Apostle of Temperance": John Saunders and the Early History of the Temperance Movement in New South Wales' (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

- 'Introduction' to St. Mark's Review special issue, 'Creeds and Conflicts: Doing Theology in Sydney, 1916-2016', no. 242, issue 4, December 2017, pp.1-5.
- '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, 2017)
- '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). Reprinted on The Imaginative Conservative website:
- '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: