Andrew B. McGowan, newly named as the J.L. Caldwell McFaddin and Rosine B. McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies and Pastoral Theology, focuses his scholarly work on the social and intellectual life of early Christian communities.
An Anglican priest and historian, McGowan was recently appointed president and dean of the Berkeley Divinity School and associate dean for Anglican studies at Yale Divinity School. He is currently warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, and will join the Berkeley administration on Aug. 1.
McGowan earned undergraduate degrees in classics and ancient history from the University of Western Australia and in theology from Trinity College. He then studied Christianity and Judaism in antiquity at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), where he was awarded an M.A. and a Ph.D. He has held teaching positions at the University of Notre Dame (Australia) and at the Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, Massachusetts). In 2003 he became director of Trinity College Theological School, where he is also the Joan Munro Professor of Historical Theology. He has been warden of Trinity since 2007, and is currently a canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.
McGowan is the author of “Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals” and “God in Early Christian Thought,” as well as the forthcoming “Ancient Christian Worship.” He has contributed numerous articles and chapters to edited volumes and journals.
McGowan is a member of learned societies including the Society of Biblical Literature and the North American Patristic Society. He is also a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia. In Oct. 2012, he was elected one of the 10 Foundation Professors of the University of Divinity, Australia’s first specialist university.