Susan Dodds

Professor Susan Dodds

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021
  • Section(s): Philosophy And History Of Ideas


Professor Susan Dodds is the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Industry Engagement) at La Trobe University. She is a philosopher with expertise in the areas of ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy and bioethics.

Dodds was an undergraduate in philosophy and political science at the University of Toronto (B.A., 1984) and moved to Australia for postgraduate study (Ph.D. from La Trobe University, 1993). She was a long time member of the philosophy program at the University of Wollongong (1989-2009) where she became Head of the School of English Literature, Philosophy and Languages. In 2009 She became Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Tasmania and later Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW (2013-2019). Since 2019 she has returned to La Trobe University, but retains a Visiting Professor position at UNSW.

Professor Dodds was a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES, 2006-2021) and had held thre ARC Discovery Project Grants and one ARC Linkage. Her publications include a large number of articles and book chapters and co-edited collections such as Vulnerability: New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy (OUP, 2014, co-edited with Catriona Mackenzie FAHA and Wendy Rogers FAHA) and Big Picture Bioethics: Developing Democratic Policy in Contested Domains (Springer, 2016, co-edited with Rachel A. Ankeny, FASSA).

In July 2022, Professor Dodds was appointed to the Australian Research Council Advisory Committee and, also in 2022, she was appointed by the Hon Jason Clare, Minister for Education to the three person panel for the Review of Australian Research Council Act (2001) (Professor Margaret Sheil, AO, FAA, FTSE Chair, Professor Susan Dodds, FAHA, Professor Mark Hutchinson). The report of the review Trusting Australia’s Ability was released in April 2023.

Acknowledgement of Country

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