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Catharine Coleborne

Dean of Arts/Head of School Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle

A proud Humanities graduate, I am passionate about higher education in a global context. I enjoy the huge challenge of educational leadership and the scope of experience it offers. My contribution to the higher education sector has been across both Australia and New Zealand, and I have played a role as an educator and as a researcher. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. I am a research assessor for the Australian Research Council, and am a former Humanities panel member for the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund. I am a historian of health and medicine, especially mental health, and my recent book Why Talk About Madness? appeared in 2020 with the Palgrave series Mental Health in Historical Perspective.

President, Australasian Council for Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), 2020-2022

Immediate Past President, Australia and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine, 2019-2021


  • –present
    Head of School Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle


  • 1998 
    Latrobe University, PhD History
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, Masters (History)
  • 1990 
    University of Melbourne, BA (Hons) History and English