One of the country’s most distinguished historians and public intellectuals, and a leader in the humanities in Australia and internationally, Professor Joy Damousi is President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, President of the Australian Historical Association, and has previously served as the chair of humanities and creative arts panels for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts.
Professor Damousi is an award-winning scholar of memory and war, the history of emotions, and migration history in relation to refugees, humanitarianism and internationalism. Her research has attracted more than $5 million in competitive ARC funding. In 2014 she received a prestigious ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship to study the history of child refugees in Australia and Australia’s international role in refugee and migration issues throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Professor Damousi brings extensive research leadership, scholarly excellence, and public engagement to the role of Director of ACU’s new Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.