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 cultures and to our identities. 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 the Director of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, and has held leadership positions as Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Head of School, Associate Dean (Research) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne.

She has served as the President of the Australian Historical Association, Chair of the Australian Research Council’s humanities and creative arts panels for Excellence in Research for Australia and on the College of Experts.

To learn more, view Professor Damousi’s profile.