Dr Joel Barnes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56337


Joel Barnes is a historian with interests in histories of science, the humanities, and universities. His main current project (with Associate Professor Ian Hesketh) is examining commemorations of the life and work of Charles Darwin in a range of national and disciplinary contexts. He was recently postdoctoral research fellow on the history strand of the multi-disciplinary Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project, which investigated the complexity of historical and contemporary relations between evolutionary science and belief across a number of national settings. Both projects are funded by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society. Before joining the University of Queensland, Joel was a Research Associate in the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney, working on an Australian Research Council-funded project on the history of humanities institutions in Australia since 1945.

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • History of universities
  • History of humanities
  • History of science
  • History of knowledge


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University


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