Leadership team


Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of ArtsProfessor Sharon Pickering

Sharon Pickering is a highly-regarded leader in Australia’s education sector. She is Dean of Arts at Monash University, building humanities and social sciences to create the next generation of leaders. She is also Professor of Criminology and a leading expert on Australian criminal justice and criminology and refugee law. She is regarded as a global expert on border crossings, migration and trafficking and is the founder of the Border Crossing Observatory, working with NGOs, government agencies and law enforcement. Previously she worked across South East Asia and Northern Ireland on counter-terrorism policing, human rights and women. She was the editor of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

She is an award-winning author, writing 16 books and over 60 articles and chapters and in 2012 won the Australian Human Rights Award for print and online media on human rights and asylum. She is a sought after speaker, regularly quoted in the media and in her downtime, can be found at the football supporting Geelong Cats.

Deputy Dean

Professor Rita Wilson<br /> Deputy Dean & Associate Dean Graduate ResearchProfessor Rita Wilson
Deputy Dean & Associate Dean Graduate Research

Rita’s research interests are both interdisciplinary and intercultural, combining an interest in literary and translation theories with studies of contemporary Italian literature and culture. Her most recent publications focus on the relationship between translation, migration and the construction of cultural identities. She is the Monash-Warwick Associate Professor, Department of Italian, University of Warwick (UK), and Academic Co-Director, Migration, Identity, Translation Network.

Faculty Management

Roshana Nanayakkara <br />Faculty General ManagerRoshana Nanayakkara
Faculty General Manager

The Faculty General Manager provides high-level leadership to, and has oversight of, the faculty’s administrative, resource and business planning activities, and contributes to its effective governance. The position is responsible for the faculty’s professional staff support functions and for leading interactions with university administration on behalf of  the Faculty.

Associate Deans

Doctor Cecilia Hewlett <br />Associate Dean InternationalDoctor Cecilia Hewlett
Associate Dean International

Cecilia is also Director of Monash University's Prato Centre. She provides strategic oversight of the faculty’s international partnerships. She is a member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and has published on urban–rural relations in Early Modern Italy.

Associate Professor Alison Ross <br />Associate Dean ResearchProfessor Alison Ross
Deputy Dean Research

Alison is a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Philosophy (2013-17). She has published on topics in the history of philosophy as well as in aesthetics, philosophy of science and political theory. Her most recent book is Revolution and History in Walter Benjamin: A Conceptual Analysis (Routledge, New York, 2019). She is currently working on projects on images and image theory and the connections between aesthetic concepts and theories of meaning.

Associate Professor Sarah McDonald <br />Associate Dean Education

Associate Professor Sarah McDonald
Deputy Dean Education

Since 2012 Sarah has collaborated with the University of Warwick on a cross-institutional undergraduate teaching project. Her research is in the emerging field of Cultural Literacy with a specific focus on the development of research-based practice models. She is a specialist in Latin American Studies with a focus on contemporary Latin American Cinema, particularly as it relates to representations of women and marginal social groups.

Professor Jo Lindsay<br />Associate Dean EnterpriseProfessor Jo Lindsay
Associate Dean Enterprise

Jo specialises in the sociology of families, consumption and the environment, and is on the executive of Monash Infrastructure.  Nationally, Jo is on the board of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and is a past president of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

Professor JaneMaree Maher<br />Associate Dean - Academic DevelopmentProfessor JaneMaree Maher
Associate Dean - Academic Development

JaneMaree is involved in gendered violence projects focused on how gender impacts on women's security and safety, and the gendered operations of the criminal justice system. Her key interests are in family violence and gendered hate crime.

Heads of Schools and Centres

Associate Professor Kevin Foster<br />School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and LinguisticsAssociate Professor Kevin Foster
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Kevin was educated in the UK, Canada and Australia. The principal focus of his research has been on the construction and articulation of national identity in literature, media and film, with a particular focus on conflict. He has published a monograph Don’t Mention the War: The Australian Defence Force, the Media and the Afghan Conflict (Monash UP 2013), books including Fighting Fictions: War, Narrative and National Identity (Pluto 1999) and Lost Worlds: Latin America and the Imagining of Empire (Pluto 2009), and edited a collection of essays What are we doing in Afghanistan? The Military and the Media at War (ASP 2009) and The Information Battlefield: Representing Australians at War (ASP 2011).

Professor Brett HutchinsProfessor Brett Hutchins
School of Media, Film and Journalism

Brett is a Professor of Media and Communications Studies and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2014-17). He has built an international reputation for research that investigates who wins, who loses, and how, during processes of technological change. Focusing on questions of social, economic and political power, these processes are explored though examinations of sports media, environmental media, and digital and mobile communications. Brett's many publications include the books Sport Beyond Television and Environmental Conflict and the Media. He is also a regular commentator for national and international news outlets and hosts The Media Sport Podcast Series.

Professor Christina Twomey<br />School of Philosophical, Historical and International StudiesProfessor Christina Twomey
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies

Christina is Director of the Global Conflict and Violence Focus Program and a member of the international coordinating committee of Historians Without Borders. Previously an ARC Future Fellow (2012-15), she is currently researching civilian internment and concentration policies at three different colonial sites in the late nineteenth century: South Africa, Cuba and the Philippines. She has published widely on the cultural history of war, with a focus on issues of imprisonment, captivity, witnessing, the photography of atrocity, gender and memory.

Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam<br />School of Social SciencesAssociate Professor Dharma Arunachalam
School of Social Sciences

Dharma is a Social Demographer in Sociology Program in the School of Social Sciences. He received his PhD in Demography from the Australian National University and was a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Centre, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA). Before joining Monash University, he taught at the Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dharma’s current research focuses on: fertility and partnering, social cohesion, international migration, family and household structures, population research, ageing and health. Dharma’s research also covers demographic issues in India.

Professor Margaret Barrett <br />Sir Zelman Cowen School of MusicProfessor Margaret Barrett
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance

Margaret is Professor of Music and Music Education. Her research focuses on the pedagogies of collaborative creativity and expertise, young children’s musical engagement and development in family and community, the life and learning outcomes of music engagement, and musician career-pathways. Her leadership roles include President of the International Society for Music Education (2012 – 2014), the World Alliance for Arts Education (2013 – 2015), and the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (2009 -2011). She has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (2018), a Beaufort Visiting Fellowship at St John’s College, University of Cambridge (2019) and a FMSH Research Fellowship at IRCAM (Paris, 2019).