Dr Tom Aechtner

Senior Lecturer

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52823


Research Interests

Dr Aechtner's work lies in contemporary science-and-religion discourse, with a focus on religiously-motivated vaccine hesitancies, antievolutionism, scientism, mass persuasion, and public perceptions of science. He also has secondary research interests associated with religion in the African diaspora, Pentecostalism, and Global Christianity.

Current Research Project

Tom is currently a Westpac Research Fellow, and a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award recipient, working on the project “Improving Vaccination Rates in Australia: Analysing Media, Religion and Policy.” This involves researching Australian-specific sources of vaccine hesitancies, including media persuasion and religious concerns, while considering how to positively deliver vaccination information.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxf.
  • Master of Arts, University of Calgary
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Alta


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Book Chapter

  • Aechtner, Thomas (2018). Social Scientists. In Jeff Hardin, Ronald L. Numbers and Ronald A. Binzley (Ed.), The Warfare between Science and Religion: The Idea That Wouldn’t Die (pp. 302-323) Baltimore MD, United States: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Aechtner, Tom (2014). Christianity and Science: A Messy Relationship Worth Studying. In Vaidya, Kishor (Ed.), Christianity for the Curious: Why Study Christianity? (pp. xx-xx) online: Curious Academic Publishing.

  • Aechtner, Thomas H. (2012). Standing at the crux: pentecostalism and identity formation in an African diaspora Christian community. In Michael Wilkinson (Ed.), Global Pentecostal movements: migration, mission, and public religion (pp. 171-194) Boston, United States: Brill.

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor