Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and is a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow, researching the intersection between gender, Islamophobia, and social cohesion. Susan hosted the SBS quiz show Child Genius, and currently hosts the podcast What Happens Next? Her first book, “Fighting Hislam: women, faith and sexism”, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2017. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Conversation, The Australian Women’s Weekly, in academic publications, and in numerous anthologies.
Susan has provided training and expert commentary on Islam and Muslims in Australia to organisations such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and spoken about her research at the UN in Geneva. She currently sits on the boards of Benevolence Australia, the Islamophobia Register, the advisory board for the Valmae Frielich Project for the Study of Bigotry at the Australian National University, and the Victorian Governement's Anti-Racism Taskforce.
She has been named on numerous lists, including on the “Who’s Who of Australian Women”, “20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices” by The Age, and on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list. Susan is an ambassador for UNICEF Australia, and is also a certified scuba diver.
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