Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

Professor of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong

Fiona’s research connects feminist critical race studies and Animal studies (also known as human-animal studies), examining where, when and how gender, race and species intersect.

Her first book Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations (2013), examines how the white fathers of Indigenous children (many now part of the Stolen Generations) reacted to and were positioned by Australian assimilation policies. This book highlights a research interest in the reproductive and biopolitical nature of settler colonial societies, a common thread that extends into more recent research in animal studies, including two co-edited books, Animal Death (2013) and also Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical Perspectives on Non-human futures (2015).

From 2011-2015, Fiona was convenor (and founder) of HARN: Human Animal Research Network, at the University of Sydney. Fiona is currently working on an anthology of essays with Professor Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) called Animaladies, as well as monograph on the cultural politics of eradication.

2003-2016 Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.

2017 - current - University of Wollongong, Professor and Head of School, Humanities and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts


  • –present
    Professor of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong


  • 2000 
    University of New South Wales, PhD