Sahar Amer (Ph.D, Yale University) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in Arab and Muslim societies and on the history of relations between Arab Muslim societies and the West. She is the author of What Is Veiling? (2014) and a number of other books and articles.
James Brown is the Research Director of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. A former Australian Army officer, he commanded a cavalry troop in southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad and was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan. Between 2010 and 2014 James was the Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy researching Australian defence and strategic policy. In 2015 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. A regular contributor to Australian and international media, his first book was the acclaimed Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession (Black Inc, 2014).
Dr Minglu Chen is a lecturer in the China Studies Centre and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2007. Dr Minglu Chen was a lecturer in Chinese Studies in the Department of International Studies University of Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008-2009 and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney in 2009-2012. She is the author of Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People’s Republic of China (Routledge, 2011).
Peter John Chen teaches media politics, public policy and Australian politics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests focus on the relationship between media and politics, with a special interest in new media's impacts on electoral politics, media regulation, social movements, and the politics of animal protection. His work includes an interest in the political content of film, the movement of political and policy ideas, and the role of networks in collective action. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics and the International Journal of Electronic Governance. Peter is currently working on a new book on the politics of animal welfare in Australia.
Kate Lilley is Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, and the poetry editor of Southerly. She is the author of two prize-winning collections, Versary (Salt) and Ladylike (UWAP), and the editor of Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP) and Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World (Penguin Classics). Her new book of poems, Tilt, will be published by Vagabond in 2016.
Megan MacKenzie is a leading expert on gender, security and women in combat and is the author of Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight (June 2015). Megan is a Senior Lecturer of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and a former post-doctoral fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University.
Associate Professor Richard Miles teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney. His books on the ancient world include Carthage Must be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of An Ancient Mediterranean Super-Power (Allen Lane/Penguin). He has written and presented numerous BBC documentaries, including the six-part series Ancient Worlds and The Secret History of Archaeology. Richard has also presented on the BBC's flagship The Culture Show.
Peter Minter is a leading Australian poet, poetry editor and writer on poetry and poetics. He teaches in English, Creative Writing and Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney. His books include Blue Grass, Empty Texas, and Rhythm in a Dorsal Fin. He is Poetry Editor of Overland and his most recent collection, In the Serious Light of Nothing, was published in translation by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
A dual Canadian/Australian citizen, Tara Moss is the bestselling author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries. She is also a journalist, doctoral candidate, and outspoken advocate for child rights and women’s rights. She is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, Patron for the Full Stop Foundation for ending rape and domestic violence, and Norton’s Family Ambassador for child e-safety and cyberbullying. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan award for making a feminist difference, inciting others to challenge the status quo. Tara currently lives in New South Wales with her husband and daughter.
Dalia Nassar is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the history of German philosophy, the philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy, and the philosophy of art and aesthetics. She is the author of The Romantic Absolute: Being and Knowing in German Romantic Philosophy, which came out in 2014, and editor of The Relevance of Romanticism: Essays on German Romantic Philosophy, also published in 2014. She is currently writing a book on the idea of nature.
Dr Christopher Neff is a Lecturer in Public Policy in the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations. His research looks at policy making regarding emotional issues such as LGBTQI politics, mass shootings, and the ‘politics of shark attacks’. Christopher is one of the University’s most prominent media commentators. He has appeared on The Project, in The Washington Post and The New York Times. In May 2012, Christopher gave a 'TED Talk' on his research for TED's Global Talent Search.
Jacqui Newling is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Masters in Gastronomy through the University of Adelaide. As Sydney Living Museums’ (SLM) ’resident gastronomer’ Jacqui uses food as a lens into history. She is 'the Cook' in SLM's The Cook & the Curator blog and hosts regular colonial gastronomy programs. Eat your history: stories and recipes from Australian kitchens presents our past on a plate, inviting you to share forgotten tastes and lost techniques, and rediscover some delicious culinary treasures.
Aaron Nyerges is a lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. His articles have been published in Textual Practice, Sydney Studies in English, and Sound Studies. He is currently writing a book on American modernism, mass media, and the production of geographic knowledge.
Juanita Feros Ruys
Dr Juanita Feros Ruys is Director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800. She specializes in the field of Medieval Latin texts. Her research interests include medieval and early modern didactic literature, the epistemology of experience in the Middle Ages, medieval understandings of suicide, empathy in the Middle Ages, and medieval demonology. She is the author of The Repentant Abelard (Palgrave 2014) and is currently working on two monographs on medieval demonology.
Professor Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History, and ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney. Her most recent book is Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism, and she is currently writing two books, on the Congress of Vienna, and Hollywood and the UN.
Dr David Smith is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Smith has a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Sydney. His research examines political relations between states and minorities, with a focus on religion in the US. His book Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.
Mathematician, comedian and broadcaster Adam Spencer has covered a wide terrain. As a PhD Pure Mathematics student he won Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition and started a 15 year breakfast radio career that ended last December when he hung up the headphones. He is now The Ambassador for Mathematics and Science at The University of Sydney and one of Australia's best-known science communicators.
Beth Yahp is an award-winning author, editor and creative-writing teacher of adults and children. Her novel The Crocodile Fury has been translated into several languages and her libretto Moon Spirit Feasting, for composer Liza Lim, won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003. Beth has worked as an editor and taught creative writing in universities for many years. She was the presenter of Elsewhere, a program for travellers on ABC Radio National (2010-11). Her latest book is her memoir, Eat First, Talk Later.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
In 2013 Ali Cobby Eckermann won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, now published in America and Russia. The inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship, Ali attended the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 2014. Inside My Mother, her latest collection of poetry, was published in 2015 by Giramondo.
Dr Catherine Keenan is co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing the lives of marginalised young people through creative writing and storytelling. She was formerly an arts writer and literary editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. Dr Keenan is the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a five-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. Kate is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy awards and the George Munster award.
Catriona Menzies-Pike is the author of The Long Run, a memoir and cultural history of women and running. She is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books and has been working in digital media for a decade, including stints as managing editor of New Matilda and arts editor of The Conversation.
Yanis Varoufakis (International)
Yanis Varoufakis is an academic economist and Greece's former finance minister who led his country's negotiations with the IMF and the EU in 2015 and who resigned his post refusing to sign a third bailout loan agreement, describing it as ‘a loan contract designed to fail’. In February 2016 he launched a new pan-European political movement in Berlin (DiEM25) with the aim of ‘democratising a disintegrating Europe’. His most recent book is And The Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe, Austerity & the Threat to Global Stability, published by The Bodley Head.