The Academy is governed by an 11-member Council and supported by our team in Canberra. The team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Academy, working closely with our President and Council to achieve our strategic goals.

The team’s purpose is to inform, connect and inspire the humanities and broader community through the implementation of the Academy’s strategic goals and objectives.

As the leading organisation for the humanities in Australia, we have a great responsibility to ensure that the enormous contribution Australia’s humanities researchers, teachers and scholars make to the nation is widely understood. A strong understanding of the sector, an evidence-based approach to policy advocacy, and collaborative and consultative approach is the hallmark of the Secretariat’s work.

Tina Parolin

Executive Director

Dr Christina (Tina) Parolin

Tina has worked at the Academy since 2008, and was appointed Executive Director in March 2010. Tina has worked in a variety of policy and administrative roles across the higher education sector, including at IDP Education Australia and as National Manager, Education at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. She is a member of the Australian Council of Learned Academies’ Audit and Risk Committee.

Tina gained her PhD in history from the Australian National University. In 2009, she was awarded the J. G. Crawford Prize for her study, Radical Spaces, which explores the connection between architecture and space and popular radical culture in early 19th century London. During 2010–11 she held a Visiting Fellowship with the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. She is co-editor, along with Iain McCalman and Michael Davis, of Newgate in Revolution: an anthology of radical Prison Literature in the Age of Revolution. Her book, Radical spaces: Venues of popular politics in London 1790–c.1845, was published in 2010 by ANU E Press.

Director, Policy & Research

Dr Kylie Brass, overseeing our policy efforts, research agenda, and special projects.

Senior Policy Analyst

Dr Jon Lane, supporting the development and implementation of the Academy’s policy strategy.

Administration Manager

Currently recruiting, accountable for Secretariat operations, finance and Council.

Fellowship & Awards Coordinator

Currently recruiting, overseeing our Fellowship services, electoral process and AGM, and Fellows events.

Communications Coordinator

Elizabeth Bradtke, managing our communication activities, publications, and grants and awards.

Events Coordinator (Part-time)

Ashleigh Richards, supporting Academy events.

Project Director, Australia’s China Knowledge Capability project

Cathryn Hlavka, leading the project and project team.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.