Staff and Teaching
The Faculty of Arts offers undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and research degree programs across disciplinary boundaries that allow students to explore new areas of professional development or personal passion. We are leading the future by infusing technology into learning and teaching allowing us to develop a culture of transformative learning.
The Faculty is distinguished by its student-centred and research-inspired approaches to learning and teaching.
Our academic staff create learning environments in which students are given access to frontier research, and to engage in research themselves. Those activities assist students in the development of the skills and abilities that are needed to identify and solve problems, locate and analyse information and to engage in local and global communities.
We are home to award-winning researchers and academics who are experts in their fields. Some of our prominent academic staff are:
Dr Malcolm Choat
Dr Malcolm Choat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History and Director of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He studied Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (1989-1993), before undertaking a PhD at Macquarie (1994-2000). Subsequently, he taught and researched in the School of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney (2000-2002), before holding a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2003-2006).
Dr Choat's fields of research are Coptic and Greek papyrology, and Christianity and monasticism in Late Antique Egypt.
Dr Lisa Wynn
Dr Lisa Wynn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include research ethics, reproductive health technologies, and love and desire. As a Macquarie University Inaugural Learning and Teaching Fellow in 2008, Dr Lisa Wynn worked to develop concrete ways to incorporate hands-on student ethnographic research projects into teaching at Macquarie. In 2012, she was named a National Teaching Fellow by the Australian Government's Office of Learning and Teaching. For her fellowship, she will investigate how university ethics committees are assessing undergraduate research in social science disciplines and what barriers teachers and universities face to expanding student research with humans, in particular the barrier of obtaining ethics clearance for human research.
One of the units that Dr Lisa Wynn teaches is ANTH106: Drugs Across Cultures, a popular undergraduate unit. See Dr Wynn's interesting class experiment for ANTH106.
Dr Toby Davidson
Dr Toby Davidson is a Lecturer in the Department of English. He is an Australian poetry researcher, critic, writer, facilitator and editor. His research interests include the internationalisation of Australian, British and American literary criticism, twenty-first-century considerations of Western Christian mysticism, and cartographies of public commemoration of writers, including literary tourism.
He is also the editor of Francis Webb Collected Poems (2011), which restores one of Australia's most acclaimed poets to print and for the first time into e-book format. This publication has been recommended by Copyright Australia Ltd (CAL) as one of their 'First 200' books to be read in Australian literature.
Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Indigenous Studies. He is from the D'harawal nation, and has a growing research base within Indigenous Australian education and psychology. He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics capturing Indigenous Australian perspectives in education, mental health, identity, traditional knowledges, racism, and bullying.
Dr Shirley Chan
Dr Shirley Chan is Head of Chinese Studies in the Department of International Studies. She researches in traditional Chinese culture, Chinese philosophy, Chinese textual studies and intellectual history. She is working on early Chinese thought as found expressed in the excavated Chu bamboo manuscripts dated to the fourth century BCE. She teaches various courses in Chinese Studies and supervises PhD students in the fields of traditional Chinese culture, classical Chinese philosophy and textual studies.
Associate Professor Shawkat Alam
Associate Professor Shawkat Alam is currently the Acting Dean of Macquarie Law School and Director of the Centre for Environmental Law. He holds an LLB (Honours) from Rajshahi University, an LLM from Dhaka University and a PhD from Macquarie University.
Associate Professor Alam's teaching and research expertise are in the areas of international law, international environmental law, international trade and sustainable development. He has published extensively in his areas of expertise. He is the author of the book, Sustainable Development and Free Trade (Routledge, 2008).
Professor Catharine Lumby
Professor Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. Before entering academia in 2000, Professor Catherine Lumby was a journalist and opinion writer and has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC, and The Bulletin magazine. She has been the recipient of seven ARC grants and has completed research projects for organisations such as Google Australia and the Australian Communication and Media Authority.
Professor David Christian
Professor David Christian is a Professor of History. He coined the term "Big History" and taught the first course in Big History at Macquarie University in 1989. Big History is the attempt to understand, in a unified and interdisciplinary way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity.
Professor David Christian is the Director of the Big History Institute and is co-founder with Bill Gates of the Big History Project.
Dr Noah Bassil
Dr Noah Bassil is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. His interests include global political economy, colonialism and post-colonialism, and the political economy of uneven north-south relations.
Dr Noah Bassil has published on a range of topics associated with colonialism and post-colonialism and most recently published a book titled The Crisis of the Sudanese Postcolonial State which re-examines the origins of the conflict in Darfur by contextualizing events in Sudan within broader regional and international patterns of politics, economics and culture. He is currently researching into the global, regional and national power relations that have emerged following the Arab uprisings.
Dr Noah Bassil is a regular commentator at 3CR community radio on the "Solidarity Breakfast" program.
Professor Catriona Mackenzie
Professor Catriona Mackenzie is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics. She is currently Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts. Her research expertise is in moral psychology, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy and applied ethics.
She has been awarded numerous grants and prizes for research, teaching, and higher degree research supervision, including the 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, and recently the Jim Piper award for Excellence in Research Leadership.
Dr James Martin
Dr James Martin is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. He was awarded his PhD in Criminology from Monash University. His doctoral research investigated the role of police and vigilante groups in an informal settlement in Johannesburg. He has also conducted extensive field research into the security functions of public CCTV networks in cities around Australia. James is a member of the Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology and is a contributing researcher with the International State Crime Initiative at King's College London.
Dr Niko Antalffy
Dr Niko Antalffy is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. She teaches in the areas of introductory social science, philosophy of science and sociology of the environment. Her research interests are emerging technologies, Critical Theory of science and technology, and alternative relationship cultures.
She writes for and regularly gets interviewed in the media on polyamory and relationship cultures and has done work on an SBS series. She also has a degree in higher education and is passionate about teaching and learning. From 2005 to 2011 she was also a photographer and regularly exhibited artwork and curated exhibitions. Currently she's working with sexual minorities in raising awareness and fighting against discrimination.