The Faculty is led by the Dean and supported by the Executive Leadership Team.
Welcome from the Dean
“Welcome to the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts.
We are Australia’s pre-eminent Arts Faculty, at the heart of the country’s second oldest and highest rated University. Our flagship Bachelor of Arts degree has been offered for over 160 years. It is the number one choice in Arts for generations of Humanities and Social Sciences students.
The Humanities and Social Sciences are needed now more than ever. Technology has transformed the world – and in this context strong critical thinkers are essential, along with good communicators, those able to navigate social and cultural difference, and those who understand what it means to be human.
Today, our graduates’ analytical and creative skills, as well as their values and empathy, are their competitive advantage. The Humanities and Social Sciences are key to Australia’s future success."
Whatever path you choose I know that you will have an exciting and rewarding experience at Melbourne. I warmly welcome you to the Arts community. Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean – Faculty of Arts
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership team, led by the Dean, provides leadership and management for the Faculty of Arts. The Executive Team includes the Deputy Dean, Faculty Executive Director, Associate Deans and Heads of School.
Professor Russell Goulbourne
Dean Russell Goulbourne is a noted French literature scholar and was Professor of French Literature at King’s College London, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Read more...
Professor Mark Edele
Deputy Dean Mark Edele is a historian of the Soviet Union and its successor states, in particular Russia. A former Australian Research Council Future Fellow, he is the inaugural Hansen Professor in History as well as Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Arts.
Faculty Executive Director Tony joined the Faculty in 2019 from Oxfam Australia where he was Chief Operating Officer. He previously held executive management roles at Lonely Planet Publications Melbourne.
Faculty Associate Deans
Professor Kate MacNeill
Associate Dean (Education and Students) Kate has a background in law and economics and extensive experience in policy work in the government and non-government sectors. Read more...
Associate Professor Sana Nakata
Associate Dean (Indigenous) Sana’s research is centred upon developing an approach for thinking politically about childhood in ways that improve the capacity of adult decision-makers to act in their interests. Read more...
Professor Tim Lynch
Associate Dean (International) Tim is Professor in American Politics, an internationally recognised researcher, teacher, and university leader. Read more...
Associate Professor Sara Wills
Associate Dean (Partnerships) Sara is Head of Program for the Executive Master of Arts, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and an Associate Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Read more...
Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi
Associate Dean (Research) Andrea is Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian Studies. He is an early modern literary and translation history scholar with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of this period of European culture. Read more...
Associate Professor Ikuko Nakane
Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion) Ikuko Nakane is Associate Professor at the Asia Institute. Ikuko's research interests include Japanese sociolinguistics, language and law (forensic linguistics), and Japanese language education.
Heads of School
Professor Vedi Hadiz
Director, Asia Institute Vedi Hadiz is Director and Professor of Asian Studies at the Asia Institute and an Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, University of Melbourne. Read more...
Associate Professor Paul Rae
Head, School of Culture and Communication Paul is a scholar of contemporary theatre, with a particular interest in the performance cultures of the Asia-Pacific region. Read more...
Professor Margaret Cameron
Head, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies Margaret is a distinguished philosopher with specialisations in Aristotle and in the Histories of Philosophy of Language and Mind, of Logic, and of Aesthetics. Read more...
Professor Lesley Stirling
Head, School of Languages and Linguistics Lesley teaches in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and is a distinguished scholar in the areas of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics. Read more...
Associate Professor Jennifer Balint
Head, School of Social and Political Sciences Jennifer’s research focuses on state crime, genocide and access to justice, with a focus on the constitutive function of law in societies and transitional justice. Read more…
The Faculty Forum and the Arts Faculty Executive Committee (AFEC) chaired by the Dean are the two key governance for the Faculty of Arts, with the Humanities Foundation Board established in 2013 to oversee the Faculty's fundraising efforts in support of the humanities disciplines.
The Faculty Forum is open to all Faculty of Arts staff and invited students. The quarterly Forum is a means for more inclusive collegial engagement, a setting where we share thoughts and suggestions and address the concerns of all. It considers key matters of Faculty business for the purpose of wider collegial consultation, including consideration of the minutes of the Faculty Standing Committees.
Faculty standing committees
- Research Committee
- Education and Students Committee
- Graduate Studies Committee
- Research Training Committee
- Bachelor of Arts Course Standing Committee
- Indigenous Advisory Committee
- Partnerships Committee
- International Committee
- Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- OHS&E Committee
- Early Career Academic Network