Staff and teaching
The Faculty of Arts offers undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and research degree programs across disciplinary boundaries that allow students to explore new areas of professional development or personal passion. We are leading the future by infusing technology into learning and teaching allowing us to develop a culture of transformative learning.
The Faculty is distinguished by its student-centred and research-inspired approaches to learning and teaching.
Our academic staff create learning environments in which students are given access to frontier research, and to engage in research themselves. Those activities assist students in the development of the skills and abilities that are needed to identify and solve problems, locate and analyse information and to engage in local and global communities.
We are home to award-winning researchers and academics who are experts in their fields. Some of our prominent academic staff are:
Professor Naguib Kanawati
Professor of Egyptology
Professor Kanawati is an egyptologist with a special interest in the Old Kingdom. In 1981 he established the Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology and in 1989 he established the Australian Centre for Egyptology and remains its Director.
In 1997 Professor Kanawati was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and in 2003 he received the Centenary Medal ‘for services to the Australian society and the humanities in the study of archaeology.’
Associate Professor Paul McKechnie
Program Director for the Master of Ancient History
Associate Professor McKechnie's teaching and research interests include the Hellenistic (especially Ptolemaic) world, early Christianity (before Constantine) and Classical Greece.
Prior to joining Macquarie in 2007, Associate Professor McKechnie was a senior lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Other previous academic roles include Assistant Master in Classics and Religious Education, The Perse School, Cambridge University and Head of Department of Classics at Kamuzu Academy, Malawi.
Dr Aaron Denham
Dr Denham is a medical, psychological, and sociocultural anthropologist concerned with the complexities of the human experience of illness, misfortune, and healing within their broader political-economic, biological, and historical contexts. Dr Denham’s previous experiences include being a mental health counsellor. He is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Anthropology and is the Program Convenor for the Master of Development Studies and Global Health degree.
Associate Professor Chris Lyttleton
Associate Professor Lyttleton is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Anthropology. His research interests include social consequences of economic development and modernisation in Southeast Asia; global health security; the social impact of HIV/AIDS and malaria; sexuality; social suffering and health vulnerability amongst migrants and minority groups.
Over the past 25 years he has worked with a large number of organisations including UN agencies, AusAID (now under DFAT), Asian Development Bank, and various NGOs on programs such as drug dependence (opium), lessening threats to infectious disease (sexual health and malaria) and assessing modernisation's impact on livelihood choices (infrastructure development).
Dr Victoria Flanagan
Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the Master of Children's Literature
Prior to joining Macquarie, Dr Flanagan taught children’s literature at the University of Helsinki. In addition to her teaching, she conducts research in the representation of gendered bodies in children's literature and film and has recently done consulting work for Mattel.
Dr Flanagan explains that the Master of Children's Literature program at Macquarie which is taught by recognised leaders in the field of children's literary criticism, aims to empower students to become critical thinkers.
“Subjects within the program engage with the latest research in the field of children's literature,” she says. “We aim to provide students with sophisticated research skills so that they can bring a multidisciplinary perspective to children's books and films. We are also committed to providing small classes that are discussion-based, resulting in a high level of instructor-student interaction.”
Professor Tony Cousins
Tony Cousins is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Member of the Order of Australia. He has published eight books in America and England, including monographs on Shakespeare's non-dramatic verse and on religious verse of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
He has been a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Renaissance Studies Center at the University of Massachusetts, a Visiting Scholar at Princeton and at Penn State, and a Library Fellow at the Library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was also an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.
Geography and Planning
Dr Fiona Miller
Program Director for the postgraduate program in Social Impact Assessment
Dr Miller's research interests include: climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation; social equity dimensions of adaptation; social vulnerability to extreme heat; social and cultural dimensions of water planning; and social impact assessment and forced resettlement. In her teaching, Dr Miller encourages her students to think critically about the social aspects of the environment.
Professor Richie Howitt
Professor in Human Geography
In addition to his teaching at Macquarie, Professor Richie Howitt's career as a geographer includes work in the fields of human rights, Indigenous rights, environmental justice, sustainability and social theory. He has undertaken major social impact studies for various Aboriginal groups, and contributed to native title and mining negotiations in several areas.
Ms Corrinne Franklin
Lecturer in Indigenous Studies
Corrinne is an Indigenous woman from the Wiradjuri Nation, New South Wales, Australia. Her research interests are multi-disciplinary and focus broadly on experiences and effects of body and Identity in relation to Indigenous Australian people. Corrinne's knowledge stems from the disciplines of Indigenous Studies and Human Geography, and she utilises both to understand the ways in which Indigenous people are affected by their experiences of space and place.
Associate Professor Karin Speedy
Head of French and Francophone Studies
Associate Professor Speedy is involved in interdisciplinary research on the Pacific where she works on historical, cultural, linguistic and literary links between the Pacific (including New Zealand and Australia) and the Indian Ocean. Her particular interests include language contact, the New Caledonian sugar industry, migrations, interethnic relations, colonial and postcolonial literature from the region and literary translation. She is currently working on several research projects: The First Pacific Blackbirds: Nineteenth-Century Franco-Australian Networks of Forced Labour Nineteenth-Century; Migration from La Réunion to New Caledonia: Oral Histories; and Creole languages: New Caledonia’s Tayo.
In recognition of her major contribution to knowledge of French language and culture in the Pacific, in 2013 Associate Professor Speedy was awarded the John Dunmore Medal which recognises outstanding contributions to the knowledge of the role of the French or the French language in the Pacific region.
Mr Luka Budak
Head of Croatian Studies
Luka Budak is a Senior Lecturer and a Director of the Croatian Studies Centre. He was born in Croatia and has lived and studied in Canada, the USA and Croatia before taking up his appointment at Macquarie University. He completed his Master of Arts at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Luka’s research interests are focused on the sociolinguistic aspect of Croatian language, both in Croatia and in the Croatian diaspora, the history of Croatian standard idiom, Croatian migrations, Croatian culture and literature, and the history of Croatian settlement in Australia. He is also interested in the issues related to the identity of the post-World War II Croatian migrants and migrants in general. His other area of interest is Russian culture and literature, in particular that of the 19th and 20th century as well as comparative literature.
Professor Denise Meyerson
Professor of Law
Professor Meyerson is an active researcher in the areas of legal theory and theoretical and comparative human rights. She is currently researching political theories of human rights and theories of procedural justice. Her teaching role at Macquarie University involves convening and teaching jurisprudence in the Juris Doctor program. In her teaching, Professor Meyerson shows students how theoretical reflections on the nature of law and justice are relevant to resolving contemporary legal issues. Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Meyerson was a Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town.
Professor Brian Opeskin
Professor of Law
Professor Opeskin researches and teaches in public law, and has written extensively in the areas of constitutional law, international law and conflicts of laws. He is a Professor of Legal Governance at Macquarie and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. He is also the former Deputy President of the Australian Law Reform Commission. His research examines issues of governance and legal policy relating to international migration, judges and court systems. He has a particular interest in the Pacific legal systems and also interdisciplinary research that examines the intersections between principles of public law and demographic processes.
Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Professor Kathryn Millard
Professor in film and creative arts
Professor Kathryn Millard is a filmmaker and essayist with a body of work that is internationally recognised and highly awarded. Random 8 (2012) her semi-improvised digital feature, won awards at Mexico International Film Festival and Lucerne International Film Festival. The Boot Cake (2008), her AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild Award) nominated feature-documentary about Chaplin imitators in India, was described by Chaplin's biographer David Robinson as 'an astonishing testament to the far-reaching influence of silent film. Kathryn's other films include the AFI (Australian Film Institute) award-winning features Travelling Light (2003) and Parklands (1996) with Cate Blanchett in her first film role.
Dr Guy Morrow
Lecturer in Arts Industries and Management
Dr Guy Morrow has expertise in both organisational and visual design for the music industries. He currently manages and produces music videos with visual artist and director, Jefferton James. In this capacity he has worked with Australian and International artists such as Passenger, Josh Pyke, Stu Larsen, Missy Higgins, Dustin Tebbutt, Emma Louise, Sheppard, Pony Boy, Busby Marou, Jackson McLaren, The Paper Kites, The Griswolds, Oh Mercy, Catherine Britt, Tim Rogers, and many others. He was also one of the two founding managers of ARIA number one band, Boy & Bear, and Pitchfork's 'Best New Track' trio Movement.
For his contributions to these fields, Guy has received a Vice Chancellor's Award from Macquarie University, five ARIA Awards, Gold and Platinum Awards from ARIA, and a CMC Australian Video of the Year Award. In addition, Guy's soccer team recently won the Macquarie University Social Sport Competition and his Mountain Biking team managed not to come last in a seven-hour endurance event.
Dr Usha Harris
Lecturer in International Communications
Dr Harris has 15 years of professional media experience which includes working in Australia as a television researcher and producer for various production houses.
Her research interests are climate change communication, media and communication in the Asia Pacific, communication for social change including campaigns and communication strategies, participatory media focusing on the methodological approaches in participatory media research, transnational media flows.
Modern History, Politics and International Relations
Professor Stephanie Lawson
Professor of Politics and International Relations
Professor Stephanie Lawson is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Political Studies Association. She has previously held teaching and research positions at the University of New England, the Australian National University, the University of East Anglia and the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on issues concerning culture, ethnicity, nationalism, and democracy, and combines comparative and normative approaches to the study of world politics. She is the author of many articles dealing with these issues in the Asia-Pacific region as well as globally.
Dr Nicholas Baker
Nicholas Baker is a cultural and political historian of early modern Europe, with particular interests in Renaissance Italy, political culture, and the use of visual sources in historical research. He has published articles on political culture, violence, and sexuality in sixteenth-century Florence. His first book The Fruit of Liberty: Political Culture in the Florentine Renaissance, 1480-1550 was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. He has previously taught at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and at Northwestern University and Washington & Lee University in the United States.
Dr Jennifer Duke-Yonge
Jennifer is a highly awarded and well respected academic who has recently received a prestigious national award for outstanding contributions to student learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. She worked in Philosophy at Macquarie in a number of roles, mainly on the development and teaching of Critical Thinking, before joining the Department of Philosophy in her current position in 2004. She teaches in areas such as critical thinking, formal logic and epistemology.
"The study of Philosophy, and study in the Faculty of Arts generally, challenges students to open themselves to new ideas. One of the most rewarding things about teaching at Macquarie is seeing our students meet that challenge: developing a commitment to knowledge and really engaging with the process of learning."
Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Dr Angela Irwin
Dr Angela Irwin's research interests are in the areas of criminology, sociology, psychology and information and computer technology (ICT). A current research project involves looking at the use of crypto-currencies for funding violent jihad. In her teaching Dr Irwin focuses on inspiring students to become enthusiastic and motivated learners who actively participate in their own learning by framing the topics in new and exciting ways. She also ensures students develop skills that are valuable to the workplace.
Dr James Martin
Senior Lecturer and researcher
Dr James Martin was awarded his PhD in Criminology from Monash University. His doctoral research investigated the role of police and vigilante groups in an informal settlement in Johannesburg. His current area of research focus concerns cryptomarkets and online drug distribution on the encrypted dark net. He is a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, a multidisciplinary and international research network focused on the study of online black markets.
Dr Ben Spies-Butcher
Lecturer in Economy and Society
Dr Spies-Butcher has a PhD in economics from the University of Sydney and his work centres on the political economy of social policy. He is a Research Associate of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, a Board member of Shelter NSW and is on the Policy Advisory Group for the Council on the Ageing NSW. He is also a ‘policy whisperer’ for the Power to Persuade research blog. He previously worked in the non-government sector in policy and project roles.
Dr Judy Lattas
Director of the Interdisciplinary Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality
Dr Lattas has been teaching in women's studies and gender at Macquarie since 1989. In her research she has been interested in the popular right in Australia, publishing on Pauline Hanson, on gun activism, on secessionist micronations, and on the 'race riots' in Cronulla, Sydney. Her current projects include a critical interest in the theory of moral panic and empirical work on bikies; a contribution to the study of schizophrenia, race and gender; an edited collection on micronationalism in Australia and around the world, and a monograph in which her various interests are drawn together.