Professor William McDonald has a First Class Honors degree in philosophy and a postgraduate Diploma of Education from the University of New England, Australia, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Professor McDonald undertakes research in the history of philosophy, comparative literature, philosophy of religion, philosophical psychology and aesthetics. He is an expert on the Danish philosopher, theologian, psychologist, poet and social critic Soren Kierkegaard. Professor McDonald has published 10 books and over 40 articles. He has also written award winning screenplays and stage plays. His most recent project is an edited book entitled Kierkegaard and Classical Greek Thought, which is to be published in 2016. Professor McDonald has held research fellowships at Monash University, the University of Hertfordshire, Copenhagen University, St Olaf College and the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is an International Assessor of Research Grant proposals for the Australian Research Council and the Qatar National Research Fund and a peer reviewer for numerous top tier international journals in philosophy, religion, sociology and literary studies.