University of Sydney
Studies in Religion
Area(s) of Expertise
New religious movements, European mythology, medieval Christianity, methodology, religion and popular culture
Carole M. Cusack received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies and English Literature from the University of Sydney in 1986. She later graduated PhD in Studies in Religion in 1996 and Master of Education (Educational Psychology) in 2001. She has taught in Studies in Religions since 1989, first as a casual tutor and lecturer, and from 1996 as a full-time staff member.
Her research interests include medieval European religion, religious conversion, medieval and modern Paganism, contemporary religious trends, alternative spiritualities and new religious movements. She was the editor (with Dr Christopher Hartney, University of Sydney) of the Journal of Religious History from 2007-2015, and (with Dr Liselotte Frisk, Dalarna University, Sweden) the Founding Editor of International Journal for the Study of New Religions (2010-2013). In 2015 she became Editor of Literature & Aesthetics, the journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics. In 2016 became Editor (with Professor Rachelle M. Scott, University of Tennessee at Knoxville) of Fieldwork in Religion. She has a close relationship with the University of Edinburgh, where she takes her Special Studies Program Leave and has taught on exchange in 2009.
As of 2018 Carole Cusack is a member of eleven journal editorial boards, including: Journal of Religion Media, and Digital Culture (Brill); Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions (University of California Press); Implicit Religion (Equinox); Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review (Academic Publishing); Atlantis: A Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies); and Journal of Religious History (John Wiley and Sons).