Journal of Religious History

The Journal of Religious History was established by a group of historians at the University of Sydney in 1959. The first issue appeared in 1960.  The Journal is now published on behalf of the Religious History Association by Wiley whose web site includes information on current issues, the editorial board and guidelines for submissions. The current Editors-in-Chief are :

Kriston Rennie

Kriston Rennie is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the University of Queensland. His research interests include medieval canon law, papal legation, the Roman Church and the papacy, monastic exemption, and religious history more generally. He has published widely in these fields and has held various research fellowships in Germany, Belgium, the USA, Australia, and England.


Outgoing Co-Editor:

The Executive of the Religious History Association passes on its profound thanks to Joanna Cruickshank for her outstanding services in being a co-editor of the Journal of Religious History.

Joanna Cruickshank

Dr Joanna Cruickshank is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Joanna teaches units in the field of gender, Pacific and Indigenous history, and her research examines the role of religion in British and Australian history. These include studies of missionary women involved in Aboriginal missions, a history of sermons in the British world and colonial Australia and research on the religious understandings of colonial humanitarians.


Incoming Co-Editor:

Laura Rademaker

Dr Laura Rademaker is Postdoctoral Research Associate and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Deep History

She is the author of Found in Translation: Many Meanings on a North Australian Mission (University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) on language and cross-cultural exchange at Christian missions to Aboriginal people.   Her work explores the possibilities of ‘cross-culturalising’ history, interdisciplinary histories as well as oral history and memory. At present, Laura is contributing to the Deep Human Past project, seeking to tell the ‘deep’ history of Australia and expand notions of history and the past. She is working on a book about the Tiwi Islands and Aboriginal encounters with Catholicism and researching the closing of Christian missions, secularisation and Indigenous self-determination.   As well as being co-editor of the Journal of Religious History, Laura is associate editor for Aboriginal History Monographs.


Style Guide for submissions: The Journal of Religious History follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Contributors may also refer to Kate L. Turabian’s short guide to the Chicago style, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Spelling: The Journal of Religious History publishes in British English. For word usage and word division, please refer to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.

Abbreviations should follow the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Authors wishing to submit to the Journal of Religious History please refer to our  Author-Submission Guidelines here and for more information at:


Please contact our Book Review Editor Ian Tregenza at email: [email protected]


Anna Haunton at email: [email protected]

You can download our Book Review style guide here: Book Review Author General & Style Guide-JRH_2020

TheRHA. Newsletter of the Religious History Association

TheRHA carries news of the Association and reports from state and international representatives about publications, grants and events. Submissions for consideration in TheRHA should be sent to the editor:

Anna Haunton
JORH Editorial Administrator
TheRHA Editor,
RHA Membership & Web Administrator
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Back issues of RHesiS: Newsletter of the Religious History Society (1999-2010), and TheRHA

RHesiS 1 (1999) – 2 (2001) – 3 (2003) – 4 (2004) – 6 (2006) – 7 (2007) – 10 (2008)11 (2009) – 12 (2010)

TheRHA 13(2011) [New Series]: 1 (2012)  –  2 (2013) –  3 (2014)  –  4 (2015)   –   No 5 – 2016

Newsletter TheRHA-No 6 March 2017  –  Newsletter TheRHA-No 7 March 2018

Newsletter TheRHA-No 8 March 2019  – Newsletter TheRHA-No 9 March 2020