Council

The Academy is governed by a Council of leaders in the humanities, elected from among our Fellows. Our Council provides strategic direction, policy guidance, and management oversight.


Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA
John Fitzgerald is the Truby and Florence Williams Chair of Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology. He was elected to the Academy in 2000, was a member of Council from 2005–07, and International Secretary in 2006–07. Professor Fitzgerald is a member of both the History and Asian Studies Sections. Read more >
Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin FAHA
Elizabeth Minchin is Emeritus Professor, Classical Studies at the Australian National University. She was elected to the Academy in 2010 and is a member of the Classical Studies Section. Read more >
Professor Ian Lilley FSA FAHA
Ian Lilley is Professor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) at the University of Queensland. He was elected to the Academy in 2011 and elected to Council in 2015. He is a member of the Academy’s Archaeology Section. Read More >
Emeritus Professor Richard Waterhouse FAHA
Richard Waterhouse is Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney, where he was Bicentennial Professor of Australian History until his retirement in 2011. He was elected to the Academy in 2005 and became a member of Council in 2011. Read more >
Emeritus Professor Graham Tulloch FAHA
Graham Tulloch was Professor of English and acting Head of the School of Humanities at Flinders University in Adelaide until his recent appointment as Emeritus Professor. He was elected to the Academy in 2002. He is a member of the Academy’s English Section, of which he was the Head from 2011–15. Read more >
Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA
Lesley Johnson AM was elected to the Academy in 1999, to Council in 2009, and was President of the Academy from 2011–14. She was Vice-President of the Academy and International Secretary in 2010–11. Professor Johnson was also President of the Australian Council of Learned Academies in 2013. She is a member of the Academy’s History Section and the Cultural and Communication Studies Section. Read more >
Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA
Joy Damousi is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne. She was elected to the Academy in 2004 and to Council in 2016. She is a member of the Academy’s History Section, of which she was the Head from 2008–11. She has also been a member of the Academy’s Awards Committee since 2012. On Council, Joy is involved in our grants and awards portfolio. Read more >

Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley FAHA
Bridget Griffen-Foley is an ARC Future Fellow, Professor of Media and the Director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University. She was elected to the Academy in 2011 and to Council in 2016. Professor Griffen-Foley is a member of the Academy’s History Section and the Cultural & Communication Studies Section. Read more >

Professor Jane Lydon FAHA
Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. She was elected to the Academy in 2014 and to Council in 2016. Professor Lydon is a member of the both the History and Archaeology Sections. Jane is the Council adviser for our communications and engagement portfolio. Read more >

Professor Graham Oppy FAHA
Graham Oppy is Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, and the Chair of Council of the Australian Association of Philosophy. He was elected to the Academy in 2009 and to Council in 2016. Professor Oppy is a member of the Academy’s Philosophy and History of Ideas Section. Graham is the Council liaison for our workforce and early career researcher development portfolio. Read more >

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner FAHA
Graeme Turner is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (2000–12) at the University of Queensland. He was elected to the Academy in 1997, and was a member of Council from 2002–09. Professor Turner was President of the Academy from 2004–07, and is a member of the Cultural and Communication Studies Section. Graeme is the Council adviser for our policy portfolio. Read more >

Past office bearers

1969–71 · Emeritus Professsor Sir Keith Hancock
1971–74 · Emeritus Professor Sir Joseph Burke
1974–77 · Emeritus Professor J.A. Passmore
1977–80 · Emeritus Professor B.W. Smith
1980–83 · Professor Wang Gungwu
1983–86 · Professor G.A. Wilkes
1986–89 · Professor S.A. Wurm
1989–92 · Professor G.E.O Schulz
1992–95 · Professor D.M. Schreuder
1995–98 · Professor M.B. Clunies Ross
1998–2001 · Professor M.G.W Gillies
2001–04 · Professor I.D. McCalman
2004–07 · Professor G. Turner
2007–09 · Professor I.E. Donaldson
2009–11 · Professor J. Lo Bianco
2011–14 · Emeritus Professor L. Johnson
1969–71 · Professor K.V. Sinclair
1971–72 · Professor D.H. Pike
1973–74 · Dr F.J. West
1974–76 · Dr F.B. Smith
1976–81 · Professor E. Kamenka
1981–88 · Professor J.P. Hardy
1988–89 · Professor F.C. Jackson
1989–96 · Professor D.J. Mulvaney
1996–2000 · Professor P.R.C. Weaver
2000–14 · Professor G.W. Clarke
1969–71 · Professor D.H. Pike
1971–72 · Professor K.V. Sinclair
1973–74 · Professor W. Milgate
1973–74 · Dr F.B. Smith
1974–83 · Professor R.W.V. Elliott
1984–94 · Professor G.W. Clarke
1995–96 · Professor R.W.V. Elliott
1996–2002 · Dr A. Kumar
2002–06 · Professor S. Cunningham
2006–10 · Professor M.J.C. Finnane
2010–13 · Professor P. Sharpe