Bachelor with honors, Australian National University, Canberra, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, 1984.
Postdoctoral research fellow University Melbourne, Australia, 1987, from lecturer to senior lecturer to associate professor, reader, 1988-1997. Assistant minister St. Mark's, Camberwell, 1999-2000. Associate minister St. Hilary's, Kew, since 2001.
Visiting scholar Leiden (The Netherlands) University, 1984, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, University of California at Los Angeles, University California, Santa Cruz, Stanford (California) University, 1985-1986.
President Princes Hill Primary School, Carlton, Melbourne, 1993. Fellow Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Married Deborah Ann Cocks, February 23, 1985. Children: Matthew, David, Christopher.