Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma AM  was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS Canada on completion of his PhD and to Australia in 1979 to take a position at Monash. An Anglican priest, he has been active in interreligious relations in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Academic Background

  • PhD(Sociology) Cornell, United States 1970
  • MA (Social Psychology) Cornell, United States 1968
  • BD (History of Dogma and Church and Society) Princeton Theological Seminary, United States 1966
  • BA (Greek and Philosophy) Calvin, United States 1963
  • Western Michigan University, 1960-1961

Present Appointments

  • Emeritus Professor of Sociology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University 2008
  • UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific 2005

Career Highlights

  • Being inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for services to interreligious relations, sociology and the Anglican Church of Australia.
  • Australian Soul awarded ‘first prize’ by Australasian Theological Forum
  • Chair of the Board of Management, Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009 Melbourne.
  • Honorary Fellow, Mannix College.
  • Member since 1983 and Chair from 1995 of the Standing Committee on Ethics in Research Involving Humans, Monash University.
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Acting), Monash University 2002 – 2004
  • Awarded the Australian Intercultural Society’s (AIS) Peace Award for Inter-faith Relations – 2003
  • Visiting Fellow, Reshaping Australian Institutions Project, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University 1994-2000
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor Monash University 1979-1995
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, and Head, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Canada 1970-1979
  • Associate Priest in the Anglican Parishes of St John’s Toorak, St Andrews Brighton and St Martin’s Hawksburn, St Dunstan’s Camberwell and St John’s East Malvern in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.
  • Chair of the Christian Research Association.
  • Editorial Board, Australian Social Monitor
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Sociology
  • Editorial Board Australian Religious Studies Review