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Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis, Western Sydney University

Professor James Arvanitakis has just accepted a 12-month Fulbright Fellowship as the Milward L. Simpson Visiting Professor – University of Wyoming.

His substantial position remains as the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Culture and Society, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg.

James was also the founding Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award (2016) and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Excellence in Education Award (2017).

James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Council in 2015. In 2017 he was appointed a Research Fellow of the Australian India Institute and sits on the Australian Indian Education Working Party.


  • –present
    Professor in Cultural Studies, James Arvanitakis


  • 2006 
    UNSW, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Heterogenous nature of citizenship and young people
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Anthropology (1601)