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Associate Professor Matthew Sharpe, National Head of School (Philosophy)

Associate Professor Matthew Sharpe is National Head of School for Philosophy at ACU. He is a teaching and research member of the Faculty or Arts and Theology. He completed his PhD, in philosophy-social theory, on Slavoj Zizek at the University of Melbourne in 2002, and taught philosophy and psychoanalytic studies at Deakin University from 2004-2023. He has also completed an MA in public policy, specialising in Higher Education (U. Tasmania 2020), as well as a Diploma of Counselling (AIPC, 2022). Matthew is the father of two children, as well as a husband, a runner, and a soccer coach.

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Academic staff

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Brisbane Campus

Name and position Area of expertise

Dr Stewart Braun
Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)

Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Moral Philosophy

Associate Professor Richard Colledge
Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology, Metaphysics

Melbourne Campus

Name and position Area of expertise

Dr Caleb Perl
Lecturer, Philosophy

Philosophy Ethics, Philosophy of Language
Dr Margot Strohminger
Lecturer, Philosophy
Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind 
Dr Nick Trakakis
Senior Lecturer, Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics
Associate Professor Matt Sharpe
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy as a Way of Life, History of Philosophy, Francis Bacon, Enlightenment Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Psychoanalytic and Critical Theory

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