Dr Juanita Ruys speaking at the Sydney Writers' Festival

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Meet our key academic, research and professional staff
We are committed to delivering an exceptional curriculum and supporting both our staff and students to maximise their professional and academic potential.
Professor Lisa Adkins, Dean

Lisa Adkins, Dean

Professor Lisa Adkins is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

Professor Adkins was appointed to Interim Dean of FASS in October 2021 and previously held the role of Deputy Dean concurrently with the role of Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences within FASS.

As a Professor of Sociology, Adkins contributions to the discipline of sociology lie in the areas of economic sociology, social theory and feminist theory.

Professor Adkins has previously held posts at Goldsmiths, the University of London, the University of Manchester, the Australian National University, and prior to coming to the University of Sydney, she was the Chair of Sociology at the University of Newcastle.

Follow Professor Adkins on Twitter: @AdkinsProf

Professor Alan McKee
School of Art, Communication and English

Professor Garry Barrett
School of Economics

Professor Chris Hilliard
School of Humanities

Professor Yixu Lu
School of Languages and Cultures

Professor Azrini Wahidin
School of Social and Political Sciences

Professor Kelly Freebody
Head of School, Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Libby Graham
Faculty General Manager

James Young
Head of Education (Acting)

Liz Kenna
Head, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Christa Mobbs
Head, Operations

Ksenia Sawczak
Head, Research and Development

Felicity Stafford
Manager, Marketing and Communications

Elissa Blake
Media Advisor, Humanities  

Karen Walker
Manager, Student Affairs and Engagement

Milena Kalinina
Executive Assistant and Project Officer to the Dean

School Managers

Elizabeth Connor
School Manager, School of Arts, Communication and English, and Sydney College of the Arts

Darren Svanfelds (Acting)
School Manager, School of Languages and Cultures

Amy Griffiths
School Manager, School of Humanities

Kevin Doan
School Manager, School of Social and Political Sciences

Janelle Kenchington
School Manager, School of Economics

Maria McQuilty
School Manager, Sydney School of Education and Social Work

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To find out more about our research expertise or to find a researcher associated with a particular project or centre, please visit our research pages.