Hilary Carey

Professor Hilary Carey

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2012


Hilary Carey is Professor of Imperial and Religious History at the University of Bristol and Head of the School of Humanities. She was previously Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. She is a distinguished historian of religion and society who has achieved international recognition in both medieval and modern history. After focusing in her first two books on the social history of religious identity and institutions in Australia, her subsequent publishing has ranged widely over the historical significance of belief and practice in the different worlds of medieval England and the colonial and postcolonial British Empire including Australia. Professor Carey also continues to make a major contribution to studies of Indigenous cultures and belief systems through painstaking and imaginative work on the linguistic records of colonial missionaries.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.