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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 2014, RSSS Visitors include:

Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies

  • A/Professor Sean Foley (Middle Tennessee State University)

School of History

  • Professor Joy Damousi (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr David Day (La Trobe University)

School of Philosophy

  • A/Professor Massimo Renzo (University of Warwick)
  • Dr Laura Valentini (University College London)
  • Professor Alison Wylie (University of Washington)
  • Professor (Margaret) Anne Phillips (London School of Economics)
  • Professor Preston (Kyle) Standford (University of California, Irvine)
  • Professor John Hawthorne (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford)
  • Professor James Joyce (University of Michigan)

School of Politics and International Relations

  • Professor Catherine de Vries (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Sarah Birch (University of Essex)
  • Professor Leonie Huddy (Stony Brook University)
  • Professor Thomas Brunell (University of Texas, Dallas)
  • Professor Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia)
  • Dr Iain McMenamin (Dublin City University)

School of Sociology

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

Updated: 14 July 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSSS / Page Contact:  Web Publisher