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

Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies. In the past five years, she has been an academic visitor at the University of Exeter (where she is currently an honorary professor). She recently has given invited talks at major institutions including University of Salzburg, London School of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Vermont; conference presentations on four 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 also is well-recognized 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 at the University of Sydney from 2000. She currently leads the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide, and also serves as the Associate Dean Research and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Arts.


  • 2014–2016
    Professor, University of Adelaide