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Research Profile

Research profile

The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at the Australian National University is Australia’s major institution for theoretical and empirical research in the Social Sciences. The School has a very high national and international profile. This has been recognised in both international assessments of our disciplines, with both Philosophy and Political Science and International Relations being ranked in the top 20 departments in the world. In addition, the academic staff within the School have received recognition within Australia and beyond.

The Research School consists of five disciplinary Schools:

  • the School of Demography;
  • the School of History;
  • the School of Philosophy;
  • the School of Political Science and International Relations; and 
  • the School of Sociology.

In addition, RSSS also hosts two multi-disciplinary centres:

  • the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research; and
  • the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.

Internal grants

Each year RSSS provides a number of competetive internal grants for eligible staff in order to assist in funding their reserach. This year, funding is available for:

Visiting Fellowships

RSSS hosts the largest program of international academic visitors in Australia across the Social Sciences. In 2016, RSSS Visitors include:

School of Demography

  • Professor Yonatan (Jon) Anson (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)
  • Professor Michael Rendall (University of Maryland)
  • Professor Yingchun Ji (Shanghai University)

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

  • Professor Ken Coates (University of Saskatchewan)

School of History

  • Professor Ira Nadel (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Paul Spickard (University of California at Santa Barbara)
  • Professor John Gascoigne (University of New South Wales)
  • Professor Elizabeth Ewan (University of Guelph)
  • Professor Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford)

School of Philosophy

  • Professor Andrew Sepielli (University of Toronto)
  • Dr Lara Buchak (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Professor Michael Titelbaum (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Professor Aaron James (UC Irvine)
  • Professor Jonardon Ganeri (NYU Abu Dhabi)
  • Professor Peter Graham (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Professor Patrick Forber (Tufts University)
  • Professor Carolina Sartorio (University of Arizona)
  • Professor Juan Comesaña (University of Arizona)

School of Politics and International Relations

  • Professor Jose Antonio Cheibub (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Professor Csaba Nikolenyi (Concordia University)
  • Professor Deborah Mabbett (Birkbeck, University of London)

Updated: 6 July 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSSS / Page Contact:  Web Publisher