Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, Co-Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, University of Melbourne

Sarah Maddison is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Co-Director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration. Her areas of research expertise include reconciliation and conflict transformation, Indigenous political culture, and social movements. In 2019 she publishes a new book, The Colonial Fantasy: Why White Australia Can’t Solve Black Problems (Allen & Unwin). Other recent books include Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation (2015), The Limits of Settler-Colonial Reconciliation (co-edited with Ravi de Costa and Tom Clark, 2015), Black Politics (2009), Beyond White Guilt (2011), Unsettling the Settler State (co-edited with Morgan Brigg, 2011), and The Women’s Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet, (co-edited with Marian Sawer 2014). Sarah is the former Chair of GetUp and the current president of the Australian Political Studies Association.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Associate Professor of Politics, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2015
    ARC Future Fellow, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
  • 2009–2011
    Research Director, Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit, University of New South Wales
  • 2007–2009
    Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
  • 2004–2007
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Politics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales

Education

  •  
    University of Technology Sydney, BA Hons
  • 2004 
    University of Sydney, PhD, Government and International Relations

Publications

  • 2011
    Beyond white guilt: The real challenge for black-white relations in Australia, Allen and Unwin
  • 2011
    Unsettling the settler state: Creativity and resistance in Indigenous settler-state governance, Federation Press
  • 2009
    Black politics: Inside the complexity of Aboriginal political culture, Allen and Unwin
  • 2007
    Silencing Dissent: How the Australian government is controlling public opinion and stifling debate,, Allen and Unwin

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Non-Indigenous pathways to reconciliation in Australia
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    ARC
  • 2011
    Reconciling nations
    Role:
    CI and Future Fellow
    Funding Source:
    ARC
  • 2010
    Where’s the evidence? Understanding the use of evidence in Indigenous policy
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC
  • 2008
    New possibilities for Indigenous representation
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC
  • 2008
    The evolution of social movements
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC

Research Areas

  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Social Change (160805)
  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
  • Policy And Administration (1605)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy (160501)

Honours

2009 The APSA Henry Mayer Trust Book prize for Black politicsBlack Politics was also shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Award for Literature Nonfiction and longlisted for the John Button prize for the best political writing.