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ANU Professorial Fellow and Emeritus Professor, Australian National University

Shirley Leitch is a researcher and academic leader, including serving as Dean of Business and Economics, and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Global Engagement at the ANU. She is a political scientist by training with an interest in public discourse and change: in how governments, political parties, corporations, interest groups, and social movements try to influence how we think, what we think, and how we behave. Her interests have led to projects on topics as varied as genetically modified food, the Super-profits Mining Tax and the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack. Prior to joining the ANU, Shirley was DVC Academic at Swinburne University, where she co-founded one of Australia’s most successful university spin-out companies – Online Education Services.


  • 2020–present
    Emeritus professor, ANU Australian Studies Institute
  • 2017–2020
    Deputy vice-chancellor, Australian National University
  • 2014–2017
    Dean of Business and Economics, Australian National University
  • 2010–2013
    Deputy vice-chancellor Academic, Swinburne University
  • 2006–2010
    Dean of Commerce, University of Wollongong


  • 1987 
    University of Auckland, PhD
  • 1984 
    University of Auckland, MA (Hons)