President


Our current President is Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA

Joy was elected to Fellowship in the Academy in 2004, taking up the role of President in November 2017. Elected to Council in 2016, she has been a member of the Academy’s Awards Committee since 2012, and served as Head of the Academy’s History Section (2008-11).

In our ever changing and dynamic world, the humanities remain central to our culture and to our identity. The humanities define who we are and where we are going. In fact, I would say they drive it. They give pause for reflection and offer ways of building new perspectives.
Joy Damousi

Professor Damousi is currently Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and Chair of the University’s Research Higher Degrees Committee She has served as inaugural Head of the School of Historical Studies, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts, and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne, and Chair of Humanities and Creative Arts panels of  the Australian Research Council College of Experts and ERA.  

To learn more, view Professor Damousi’s profile.