Department of Humanities

Visiting address
105a Howard, Digby Stuart


Tina Beattie is Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing and of Catherine of Siena College, both based at the University of Roehampton. Much of her research focuses on the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture, particularly in areas to do with gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics; Catholic social teaching and women's rights, and theology and the visual arts. She has a keen interest in Marian theology, art and devotion, and in the relationship between medieval mysticism, sacramental theology, and psychoanalytic theory.

Her doctoral research was on the theology and symbolism of the Virgin Mary, drawing on the psycholinguistic theory of Luce Irigaray as a resource for the analysis of Christian writings on Mary and Eve in the early Church and in recent Catholic theology. Her thesis formed the basis of her book, God's Mother, Eve's Advocate (Continuum 2002), and these ideas are further developed in New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory' (Routledge 2006). Her latest research monograph, Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is also the author of The New Atheists (Darton, Longman & Todd 2007; Orbis Books 2008). She has co-edited several books and has published articles in numerous journals and edited collections.

Tina is a contributor to The Tablet, The Guardian online, The Conversation, and several other publications. Television and radio appearances include BBC1, BBC2, Sky News and Al Jazeera, BBC Radio 4 (including 'Thought for the Day'), BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and RTE (Ireland). She has given talks and lectures in many different countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Sweden and the United States.


Ph.D., University of Bristol, Theology, 1998

Research interests

Catholic social teaching and women's reproductive health; Thomas Aquinas; Jacques Lacan; gender, art and symbolism in the Catholic tradition, with a particular emphasis on the Virgin Mary; feminist theology and theory; theology and human rights.

Research projects

Previous research:

Leverhulme Research Fellowship, September 2004 to February 2005, researching gender, theology and feminist theory for New Catholic Feminism.

AHRC research leave, January to May 2008, researching Theology after Postmodernity.

Current research:

Gendered perspectives on human dignity and Catholic social teaching

Catholic social teaching, women's well-being and reproductive health, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Sacramental theology and late medieval Northern European art.


Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Former President, Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain
Member of the Society for the Study of Theology
Member of European Theology Society
Member of the American Academy of Religion
Member of the Bioethics Subcommittee, National Board of Catholic Women
Trustee, the Centre for Marian Studies


- Theology, Personhood and Ethics (1st year undergraduate)

- Faith in Fiction (2nd year undergraduate)

- Religion and Human Rights (3rd year undergraduate)

- Gender, Nature and Incarnation (MA)

- Theology, Art and Culture (MA)

- Understanding Gender (Catherine of Siena College - online)

Current and recent doctoral supervision is in the areas of feminist theology and women's ordination, women in the Catholic Church, Black Madonnas, the homosexual person and the magisterium, the Bible in African churches, stigmatisation and HIV/AIDS in African churches, Catholic social teaching and development studies, pastoral theology and military chaplains, children's rights and religion in Zambia, Catholic social teaching and working children's rights in southern Nigeria, the significance of the landscape in early Christianity in Britain.


Research outputs

  1. Introduction: "Women's Cultures, Women's Callings"

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Visions and Vocations

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  3. Dignity

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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