Academic, author, and social commentator
Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, where she is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, and contemporary Australia.
Susan is a regular paper reviewer and Friday panelist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, a regular on Radio National’s Life Matter “Modern Dilemmas” segment, hosted the ABC Radio National Series Assumptions, and co-creator and presenter of SBS’s Salam Café. She has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, The Project, Q and A, The Drum, Home Delivery, and has featured in Harper's Bazaar, Instyle, Marie Claire, Dumbo Feather, and Sunday Life magazines. Her PhD was published by Melbourne University Publishing under the title "Fighting Hislam" in 2017 (and is her second book), and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Age, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.
In 2012 she was named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age. She has also been named on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilisations. Susan is an ambassador for the charity Possible Dreams International, and is also a certified scuba diver!