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The Australian National University


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 four disciplinary Schools:

  • 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 three multi-disciplinary centres:

  • the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research;
  • the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies; and
  • the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

Visiting Fellowships

RSSS hosts the largest program of international academic visitors in Australia across the Social Sciences. In 2015, RSSS Visitors include:

Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute

  • Professor Barbara Elliott (Institute of Education, London)
  • Professor Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi (University of Tehran)
  • A/Professor Vladimir Canudas Romo (University of Southern Denmark)

Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies

  • Professor Toby Matthiesen (University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Nadje Al-Ali (University of London)

School of History

  • Dr Jon Lawrence (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Kent Fedorowich (University of the West of England)

School of Philosophy

  • Professor Larry Temkin (Rutgers University)
  • Professor Rainer Forst (JW Goethe University)
  • Professor Douglas Portmore (Arizona State University)
  • Professor Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State University)
  • Professor Alex Byrne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Dr Jonathan Birch (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Derek Ball (University of St Andrews)
  • Professor James Joyce (University of Michigan)
  • Professor Stephen Stich (Rutgers University)
  • Professor Hilary Greaves (University of Oxford)

School of Politics and International Relations

  • Professor Stephen White (University of Glasgow)
  • Professor Timothy Power (University of Oxford)
  • A/Professor Timothy Hellwig (Indiana University)
  • Professor Kenneth Benoit (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Professor Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim)
  • Professor Thomas Brunell (University of Texas)
  • Professor Deborah Mabbett (Birkbeck, University of London)

School of Sociology

  • Emeritus Professor John Higley (University of Texas, Austin)

Updated: 19 June 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSSS / Page Contact:  Web Publisher