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Ann Capling is Provost at Murdoch University.

Prior to joining Murdoch, she was Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (2007-10). Ann’s previous academic leadership roles at the University of Melbourne include Associate Dean, Academic Programs, Faculty of Arts (2001-03), Head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology (2005-06), Director, Centre for Public Policy (2007), and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts (2008-09). In 2008-09, Ann served as President of the Australian Political Studies Association, during which time she led the development of the national discipline benchmark statement for Political Science.

Ann has extensive experience in curriculum development and as a peer reviewer of teaching and research programs at universities in the Group of Eight and Innovative Research Universities networks. In 2010 she served on the Research Evaluation Committee for the Social, Behavioural and Economics Science (SBE) panel in the Excellence for Research in Australia evaluation.

Ann has provided policy advice and professional training to a broad range of government, business and civil society organisations. In 2009 she was Member of the Australian Government Delegation to the Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ann was born and educated in Canada and completed her PhD at the University of Toronto. She has held previous academic appointments at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, Monash University, and the University of Calgary. In 2014 Ann has also been elected as a Fellow to the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.


  • –present
    Provost, Murdoch University