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James  Hawkey

Professor James Hawkey

Visiting Professor in Theology


Educated at Cambridge and in Rome, Jamie Hawkey is Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, a Bye Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and a Chaplain to HM The Queen. He is also Chair of the Westminster Abbey Institute. His doctoral research was in apostolicity and ecclesiology, and much of his current work is in ecclesiology and ecumenical theology.

Before coming to Westminster, he was Dean of Clare College, Cambridge between 2015-19, where he taught at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level for the Cambridge Divinity Faculty and Cambridge Theological Federation in systematic theology, Church History, and the history and theology of Anglicanism. At King's he has lectured for courses in Christianity and the Arts, and for the AKC programme, and contributed to the RIST seminar series. He is currently engaged in PhD supervision for the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, and is always happy to hear from potential research students.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Ecclesiology
  • The history and thought of Anglicanism, particularly the notion of apostolicity
  • Ecumenism
  • Church and State in England
  • Liturgical theology
  • Theology and the arts

Topics pursued by current and previous research students include the scriptural hermeneutics of the ARCIC process; divine impassibility, human suffering and the paschal ecclesiology of the Mystical Body; ecclesiology and English cathedrals; the ecclesiology of Michael Ramsey.

Selected publications

Theology of Hope for the 21st Century (intr., with Jurgen Moltmann), SCM, 2021

Justice in Public Life (with Claire Foster-Gilbert and Jane Sinclair), Haus Publishing, 2021

Walking Together on the Way: an Anglican Commentary, SPCK, 2018

God's Song and Music's Meanings: theology, liturgy and musicology in dialogue (ed. and contr. wi Ben Quash and Vernon White), Routledge, 2019

Expertise and public engagement

Member of international ecumenical commissions on behalf of the Anglican Communion and Church of England; lecturer for Westminster Abbey Institute in areas of public theology; advisor to Center for Empathy in International Affairs; trustee, Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies.