About Jonathan


Dr Jonathan Cole is a Canberra-based scholar, writer, translator, commentator, lecturer and speaker specialising in political theology (the intersection between religion and politics).

He is Assistant Director of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Canberra, Australia, https://www.csu.edu.au/pact, a lecturer at the Lachlan Macquarie Institute https://www.lmi.org.au, a contributing editor to thenewpolis.com and the director of the Australian Institute for Christian Orthodox Studies Press https://aiocs.net.

He has a PhD in political theology from CSU, an MA in Islamic theology and Middle Eastern politics from the Australian National University and a BA Hons in Modern Greek language and history from La Trobe University. He speaks Greek and Arabic.

He spent 13 years working in a number of federal government departments and agencies in Canberra, including seven years in intelligence, most recently as a Senior Terrorism Analyst at the Office of National Assessments (2010–2014).

He has published widely in the areas of political philosophy, Christian political theology, Islamist terrorism, the global jihadist movement and jihadist theology.

Jonathan is available to speak at conferences and events or to write commissioned articles and op-eds. See the Services section below for more detail.

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About Jonathan