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Tracy McEwan has recently been awarded her PhD in theology and sociology of religion at The University of Newcastle.  Her area of research is the religious identity of Generation X women in Australia who currently or have previously identified as Catholic. As the 2018 NCLS Summer Scholar Tracy used the results from the 2016 National Church Life Survey to explore how different generations of Catholic church-attending women are living and enacting their Catholic identity.

Tracy has a Master of Theology from The University of Newcastle which she completed in partnership with BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) from the University of Technology, Sydney. Tracy has previously lectured in Mathematics at the University of Wollongong and worked as a mathematics and statistics tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Tracy made the shift from mathematics to theology after working as a volunteer catechist in NSW Public Schools. She has worked for Sydney Catholic Schools as a Family Educator and taught accreditation courses for catechists with The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) in Southern Sydney.

Tracy is the current vice president of WATAC (Women and the Australian Church) and has served on the executive committee of the global Catholic Women’s Council. Through her research and activist work Tracy seeks to empower women to “be church”. Some of her recent projects include the podcast “Australian Women Preach” which celebrates the diverse talents of woman preachers in Australia and the Australian Women in Religion project that addresses the under representation of women on Wikipedia and other digital platforms.