Professor Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.
She is a cultural anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health settings before completing her PhD in 2007.
Her research interests include Indigenous–state relations and settler colonialism, racism and anti-racism, and science and technology studies.
She has authored more than 100 publications, including her monograph, Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia.
She has received 22 grants and consultancies, including three four-year fellowships from the NHMRC and the ARC.
Professor Kowal has held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Nanjing University, China, and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.
She is an editor of the international journal Postcolonial Studies, past convenor of the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network and member of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science of the Australian Academy of Science.
She is an award-winning researcher and educator, receiving the 2014 Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, a 2015 Thomson Reuters Women in Research Citation Award and a 2013 National Citation for Outstanding Student Learning.