St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice

Dr Anna Rowlands

Dr Anna Rowlands is the current holder of the St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice. She is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Theology at the University of Durham and Chair of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice.

She is a political theologian who researches and teaches on: Catholic social thought, forced migration, the theology and politics of the common good, theories of democracy, the social philosophy of Gillian Rose, Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil. She has interests in everyday ethics and the way that academic research and teaching can engage in wider forms of public benefit.  

She works with a wide range of public organisations with whom she has overlapping interests, including CAFOD, CSAN, Caritas Europa, Citizens UK, Church of England Estates Group, the Jesuit Refugee Service.

She writes occasionally for The Tablet, ABC Religion and Ethics blog and has contributed to Radio 4's Thought for the Day. Her upcoming books include Catholic Social Teaching: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury 2018) and The T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology, with colleagues Elizabeth Phillips and Amy Daughton (Bloomsbury, 2018).

She tweets at AnnaRowlands1 and her email for contact is