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Professor Nick Mansfield

Professor of Dean of Higher Degree Research: Professor Nick Mansfeld

The Dean, Higher Degree Research is Professor Nick Mansfield. After completing his PhD from the University of Sydney, Nick was a Harkness Fellow at Columbia University in New York, and subsequently at Yale University. After returning to Australia, he taught at Flinders University in Adelaide, and then at Macquarie, first in English and then in Critical and Cultural Studies.

His research covers a wide range of issues in Cultural Studies and Cultural Theory, and he has published widely on subjectivity, radical sexuality, aesthetics and more recently on global political issues such as war and sovereignty. Of particular interest is the work of Franco-Maghrebian philosopher Jacques Derrida. With Dr Nicole Anderson, Nick is one of the founding general editors of the journal Derrida Today, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Nick has extensive experience in HDR management, mentoring and policy at the departmental, faculty and university level. He has also been a member of a number of university policy and management committees, and has served as Deputy Chair of Academic Senate. Nick has supervised a large number of HDR projects on issues as varied as tattooing, cannibalism, the psychoanalytic literary theory of Jacques Lacan and Luce Irigaray, whiteness studies, the fiction of Jean Genet, knowledge-sharing in corporations, Catholic martyrdom and tourism.

Dean of HDR Roles

The Dean Higher Degree Research, Professor Nick Mansfield, is the senior academic responsible for postgraduate research study across all Faculties and departments, with roles spanning policy development, supervisory arrangements and support structure, research scholarships, examination processes, management procedures and administrative practices.

The Dean Higher Degree Research chairs the HDR Programs and Examination sub-committee of the Higher Degree Research Committee; and reports to the Committee on matters relating to research candidature progression, completion and policy.

The Dean's office also has a strong commitment to provision of advice and pastoral care to postgraduate research students, and their supervisors.

The Dean is part of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor's (Research) office; is located in C3A level 3; and can be contacted on telephone (02) 9850 8718, fax (02) 9850 6048, or email:

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