Harris Manchester College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Tobias Tanton as our Early Career Fellow and Tutor in Theology from October 2022.
Tobias studied at the Australian National University and originally worked in commerce and information technology before turning to academic theology. He took his third bachelors degree at Charles Sturt University, and his postgraduate degrees in Oxford, first as an Ertegun Scholar and MPhil student at Harris Manchester, and then as a DPhil student and holder of the Arthur Peacocke Graduate Studentship in Science and Religion at Exeter College. He held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge (2017 – 2018), and since 2018 has been Lecturer in Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college associated with the University of Oxford. Tobias’ research focuses on systematic theology in dialogue with the emerging area of cognitive science known as ‘embodied cognition’. He has a monograph - Corporeal Theology: Accommodating Theological Understanding to Embodied Thinkers - under contract with Oxford University Press, and has co-edited the volume Experience or Expression? Religious Experience Revisited (2016) in the Brill Studies in Theology and Religion Series.
The College is particularly excited to be welcoming back one of its own alumni, who has considerable experience both as a former mature student himself and as a teacher of mature students, to take up this key tutorial role. He will also join the College’s growing network of researchers working on the interface between the humanities and the sciences.