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Three scholars elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia



11 November 2013

Three University of Sydney scholars have been honoured as newly elected Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), one of the nation's top accolades for social science research.

Professor Helen Irving, from the Sydney Law School, Professor Gillian Cowlishaw, from the Department of Anthropology, and Professor Warwick Anderson, from the Department of History and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, were all recognised for building distinguished research careers in their prestigious election to the Academy.

Professor Helen Irving

Professor Helen Irving has published extensively on the making of the Australian Constitution, gender and constitutionalism, and Australian and comparative constitutional law. She is currently working on a major research project, supported by an ARC Discovery Grant, exploring the history of constitutional citizenship and gender.

Professor Gillian Cowlishaw

Professor Gillian Cowlishaw is a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney. She has published extensively over several decades on her ethnographic work with Aboriginal communities in remote Arnhem Land, rural NSW and suburban Sydney. Her focus is on interpreting the cultural and racial dynamics of relationships between Indigenous and settler Australians in their historical and social contexts.

Professor Warwick Anderson

Professor Warwick Anderson is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. His research is focused on the intersection of science, medicine, culture and society in the colonial and postcolonial worlds of the 19th and 20th Centuries. He has also written extensively on the history of racial thought, and postcolonial science studies. Professor Anderson was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2012.

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is one of the four learned academies in Australia, working to promote research excellence in the social sciences and heighten the public profile of this valuable work.

These scholars are among 19 Fellows elected from across Australia to the ASSA in 2013, and will be formally installed at the Academy's annual symposium and general meeting from 11-13 November.

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