Professor Jeremy Carrette (BA, M.Phil. PhD)

Head of the School of Divinity; Professor of Philosophy, Religion & Culture


Jeremy Carrette became Head of the School of Divinity in August 2023. He had previously been Dean for Europe (2017-2023) and Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Culture at the University of Kent from 2008. He was Head of the School of European Culture & Languages (2016-2017) and Head of Religious Studies (2008-2016) at the University of Kent. He was previously Head of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling (2003-2004), where he worked from 1997. He taught psychoanalysis at Goldsmiths, University of London (1993-1995) and was a specialist teacher for autistic children in London from 1990-1996.

He completed his PhD at the University of Manchester (1997) on the religious philosophy of Michel Foucault, under the supervision of Professor Grace Jantzen, an M.Phil on the psychology of religion at the University of Lancaster (1990), with Dr Adrian Cunningham,  and a B.A. in Theology at the University of Manchester (1983), completing a final year joint-dissertation with Professor Anthony Dyson and Dr Robert Hobson (Department of Psychiatry).

He was Co-Founder and Co-Director, with Professor Kenneth Fincham, of the Centre for Anglican History and Theology in 2020 and Joint-Founder of the Interregional Internationalisation Initiative University Network (3i Network) between Universiteit Gent, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Université de Lille and the University of Kent in 2019.

Jeremy Carrette has published numerous books and articles on the work of the French philosopher Michel Foucault and the American psychologist-philosopher William James.  In 2002 he gave the Cunningham lectures at the University of Edinburgh and hosted the University of Edinburgh centenary conference on William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience. He works in the areas of the philosophy of religion and the psychology of religion.