Queen’s Birthday Honours for ACU community

Professor Joy Damousi has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Professor Damousi’s work has been integral to our understanding of Australian social and cultural history. She was recognised for her significant service to social sciences and the humanities, to history and tertiary education.

She said it was “truly a great honour to be recognised”.

“To be included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List is very humbling,” Professor Damousi said.

“I have been greatly privileged to be given opportunities where I could make a difference through scholarship, advocacy and mentoring.”

After gaining her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at La Trobe University and a doctorate at the Australian National University, Professor Damousi had a long and illustrious career at the University of Melbourne – joining as one of only half a dozen women in the History Department.

Her research is impressively varied, traversing diverse subjects such as feminism and transnationalism, trauma and the senses, violence and psychoanalysis, refugees and migration.

Professor Damousi is recognised as one of the nation’s most distinguished historians and public intellectuals; an award-winning scholar who, in 2014, received the Australian Research Council’s coveted Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship for her research leadership and scholarly excellence.

She is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Historical Association.

Professor Damousi now leads ACU's Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, where one of her main goals has been to position the humanities and social sciences at the fore of public and academic debate, producing cutting-edge research on migration, gender and post-colonial history.

Australian cricket captain and ACU alumnus Meg Lanning was also awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

Meg led Australia to consecutive T20 World Cup titles and was recognised for significant service to women's cricket at the elite level.

Meg completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science at ACU and was a member of the university’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP).

Other former ACU staff, alumni and supporters honoured in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List include:

  • Alumni, refugee advocate and Australian Brigidine Sister Brigid Arthur who was named Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • ACU Academic board member from 2009–2013, Professor Shirley Alexander who was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
  • Former Healthcare ethics course designer for the School of Health Sciences, Anna Krohn who received the Order of Australia medal (OAM)
  • Retired Sydney Catholic Schools executive director and former ACU Senate member, Dr Daniel White who received the Order of Australia medal (OAM)

ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Zlatko Skrbis congratulated the recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours on their well-deserved honours.

“This recognition of ACU staff, alumni and friends among the very best of Australia is a testament to the impact that our colleagues and students have in the community, and indeed, on Australia as a nation,” Professor Skrbis said.

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