Daniela Rizzo

Daniela Rizzo

Associate Lecturer in Systematic Theology; Teaching Assistant - Theology

Daniela is Associate Lecturer in Systematic Theology at AC. She is currently completing her PhD on animal theology and pneumatology. Her research aims to explore the value of non-human creatures to God and their place within the theological landscape. Daniela is a member of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics and the Warrnambool Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee. In addition to her lecturing responsibilities, she supports a range of theological classes as a Teaching Assistant.


PhD- Candidate (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title Theological Foundations for a Pneumatology of Animals 2024

M.A.(Theology) (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title 'Animal Glossolalia- Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Animals.' 2020

B.A.(Biblical Studies) (Harvest Bible College) 2006

Research Interests

Animal Theology, Eco-Theology, Pneumatology, Pentecostal Theology, Systematic Theology

Journal Articles

  • 2024
    • Daniela Rizzo (2024). Animal Glossolalia: A Pneumatological Framework for Animal Theology. Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 46 (1), 1-20.

Internal and External Grants

  • 2024
    • Academic Conference Funding, $3500, Alphacrucis University College
  • 2023
    • HDR Travel Grant, $1500, Alphacrucis University College
    • HDR Travel Grant, $1084, Alphacrucis University College
  • 2021
    • Winner of the Three Minute Thesis Peoples' Choice Award, $500, Alphacrucis University College


Academic Conference

  • 2024
    • Animal Glossolalia: A Pentecostal Consideration of Animal Voice (2024), Society for Pentecostal Studies, Atlanta, United States, 15 Mar 2024
  • 2023
    • Animal Glossolalia: A Pneumatological Framework for Animal Theology (2023), Pilgrims with the Planet, Sydney, Australia, 05 Oct 2023
    • Animal Glossolalia: A Pentecostal Consideration of Animals (2023), World on Fire: Pentecostal Eschatology and Eco-theology, Frankfurt, Germany, 01 Sep 2023

Engagement Publications

Book Reviews

  • 2022
    • Rizzo, D (2022). Review of Glossolalia and the Problem of Language, by Nicholas Harkness. Reading Religion. , . | External link

Popular Articles

  • 2023
    • Rizzo, D (2023). Animals in Relationship with God. Zadok Perspectives, Winter Edition. | AC Link

Other Publications

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