Professor Carol Harrison


I read Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; did my doctoral research in Oxford; spent two years at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris; then returned to the UK to take up my first job as Lecturer in Theology at Hull University. After a year I was appointed Lecturer in the History and Theology and the Latin West at Durham University, where I remained for just over twenty-five years (I was appointed Professor in 2008) . I moved to Oxford in 2015 to become Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church. I became a Fellow of the British Academy in 2018.

Research Area:

History of Christianity; Historical and Systematic Theology

Research Interests:

Early Christianity. My research has focussed on the Latin West, especially Augustine of Hippo (354-430); auditory culture; spirituality; language; exegesis; sense perception and materiality; music.

Select Publications

  • Sound and Silence in Augustine’s Christological Exegesis of Scripture

    Edited by:
    Westhaver, G, Vince, R
  • Resilience and Music in the Early Church

  • Reading Augustine: On Music, Sense, Affect, and Voice

  • Mellifluous Music in Early Western Christianity

    Harrison, C
  • Songs Without Words: Some Theological Reflections on Liturgical Jazz

    Harrison, C
  • 'Doxology and Loving Knowledge in Augustine's De Doctrina Christiana book 1'

    Harrison, C
  • Worship as the Beginning and End of Preaching

    Harrison, C
  • Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies

    Bitton-Ashkelony, B, Bruyn, TD, Harrison, C
  • Getting Carried Away

    Harrison, C
  • Hugh Last Fellowship: Sensuous objects: Sense, image and representation in early Christian baptism

    Harrison, C