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Professor of History and Philosophy, and Deputy Dean Research (Faculty of Arts), University of Adelaide

Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross multiple fields: history/philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences, bioethics and science policy, public understanding of science, and food studies. She currently is Professor of History and Philosophy and Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the College of Social Science and International Studies (Philosophy) at the University of Exeter (UK). She currently leads the Food Values Research Group and the Public Engagement in Science and Technology Adelaide (PESTA) research group at the University of Adelaide.

Ankeny recently has given invited talks at major institutions including University of Salzburg, London School of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, and Michigan State University; conference presentations on five continents; and numerous presentations for governmental entities and industry fora. Her research is considered highly interdisciplinary, scholarly, and generally accessible, evidenced by the fact that her talks are typically attended not only by academics but also members of the general public. She is well-recognised as a scholar who can translate academic findings in ways that are relevant for students and the broader community.

Rachel has a BA in Liberal Arts (Philosophy/Maths, St John's College, Santa Fe, NM), and MA degrees in Philosophy and in Bioethics, and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (all from the University of Pittsburgh, PA). In 2006 she graduated with the degree of Master of Arts in Gastronomy (University of Adelaide). Prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2006, she was director and lecturer/senior lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney from 2000.


  • 2014–2016
    Professor, University of Adelaide