Bronwyn Hinz is a Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Education Policy at Victoria University, where her work focuses on early childhood policy, schooling, and federalism. She holds a PhD in education and political science from the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined federalism and school funding reform and was an interdisciplinary study located in in the School of Social and Political Sciences – where she taught Public Policy Making and Australian Politics - and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and included a semester as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Bronwyn holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to academia, she worked as a historian, political speechwriter, Chief of Staff to a federal parliamentarian and as a policy consultant. Her work has won multiple national and international awards and her analysis frequently appears in Australian and international print and broadcast media.
Her first book, Many Hopes, One Dream, was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2009 and launched by former prime minister Malcolm Fraser. More recently she wrote the chapter on education policy for Social Policy in Australia, published by Oxford University Press, a commissioned report evaluating the federalism white paper taskforce's proposals for reforming roles and responsibilities in Australian schooling, a book chapter on education policy from early childhood to tertiary study in Australia for the Forum of Federations, and co-authored a major report on early childhood education policy in Australia with colleagues from the Mitchell Institute.
She is also Vice-President of Heathmont East Preschool, a public, community-run kindergarten with responsibilities including policy and regulatory compliance, human resources and occupational health and safety.
She is also the mother of two young children, a bibliophile and consumer of copious amounts of coffee.