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Professor of Politics. Dean (Engagement) Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Professor Anne Tiernan is Dean of Engagement in the Griffith Business School.

Prof Tiernan's research focuses on the work of governing. Her scholarly interests include: Australian politics and governance, policy advice, executive studies, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, caretaker conventions, governmental transitions and the work of policy advising.

Prof Tiernan is author of books including: Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (both with R.A.W. Rhodes, Melbourne University Publishing, 2014), Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007).

With colleague Jennifer Menzies, she has recently published a second edition of Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government (ANU Press, 2014). With Prof Julianne Schultz, Prof Tiernan co-edited Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System, published in January 2016. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics.

Prof Tiernan is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of ANZSOG. She is Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal and an Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Prof Tiernan was previously Assistant Commissioner, Collaboration for the Public Service Commission; and Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives, the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission, Member of the Board of the Museum of Australian Democracy of Old Parliament House and a Director of St Rita’s College Ltd.

Prof Tiernan consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels.


  • –present
    Professor, School of Government and International Relations


    ANU, BA
    Griffith University, B Commerce (Hons)
    QUT, Dip Teaching Secondary (Social Science)
    Griffith University, PhD