John Carroll is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has degrees in mathematics, economics and sociology from the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge. His work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society.
His recent books include The Western Dreaming, Terror—a Meditation on the Meaning of September 11, The Wreck of Western Culture—Humanism Revisited, The Existential Jesus, Ego and Soul—the Modern West in Search of Meaning, Greek Pilgrimage—In Search of the Foundations of the West, and Land of the Golden Cities—Australia’s Exceptional Prosperity and the Culture that Made It. John Carroll is also a frequent writer of essays and newspaper articles. He has recently published articles in the Saturday Australian on Cultural Masochism in the West, The Sopranos and Deadwood, Essendon Drugs Saga, Patriotism, Paris Turns In on Itself, Anguish is Exquisite for Wielders of 18C, Why We Still Love Getting Married, and The Birth of Meaning.
He delivered one of the Alfred Deakin Federation Lectures in 2001—a reflection on Australian culture titled ‘The Blessed Country’. He chaired the Panel reviewing the National Museum of Australia in 2003.