Alumni News Articles

Dodson goes to Harvard

17 March 2010

2009 Australian of the Year and Indigenous rights advocate, Professor Mick Dodson, has been appointed to chair of Australian studies at the US’s oldest university, Harvard University in Cambridge.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the research being done here at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University," Dodson told the Brisbane Courier Mail.

In an article published in the Koori Mail, the Australian nominating committee for the post said Professor Dodson's appointment would enable American policy-makers to hear about Australian Indigenous issues from `one of its most powerful voices'.

Professor Dodson will share the prestigious Ivy League role with Dr Chris McAuliffe, Director of the University of Melbourne's Ian Potter Museum of Art.

The visiting professorships are for the 2011/2012 US academic year, starting in June 2011.

The Harvard position was set up in 1976 to promote awareness and understanding of Australia in the US.