Monash Arts Leadership

The Monash Arts Leadership Team

As Dean of the Faculty of Arts, I extend a very warm welcome to you and invite you to get to know our management and leadership team. The Monash Arts leadership provides the strategic direction and coordination for a broad and diverse community spread across our Australian and overseas campuses.

Professor Rae Frances, Dean

The Dean, and Deputy Dean

Rae Frances


Rae is a Professor of History. She has published on the history of work, women’s history, Aboriginal/European contact history, religious and community history and has also co-edited several collections of essays on Australian and New Zealand history.

Associate Professor
Peter Howard

Deputy Dean

Peter is also Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Convener of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and leader of the Arts Focus ‘Body in the City’ Research Program. He has published widely in the areas of Italian Renaissance history and medieval sermon studies, including Creating Magnificence in Renaissance Florence (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012) and Theologies of the Piazza: Religion and Experience in Renaissance Florence (Routledge, forthcoming). He teaches a range of undergraduate and honours units on renaissance history.

Associate Deans

Associate Professor
Sarah McDonald

Associate Dean Education

Sarah is the Director of the Bachelor of Global Studies and the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts. Since 2012 she has been collaborating with colleagues at the University of Warwick on a cross-institutional undergraduate teaching project between Monash and Warwick. She also researches in the emerging field of Cultural Literacy with a specific focus on the development of research-based practice models for embedding Cultural Literacy skills in the curriculum. Her discipline area is Latin American Studies with a special focus contemporary Latin American Cinema, in particular the development and representation of popular culture within film, specifically as it relates to representations of women and marginal social groups. Other areas of interest include female filmmakers in Latin America and issues of violence, gender representation and identity. Read more...

Jakob Hohwy

Associate Dean Research

Jakob provides academic oversight of the Faculty’s research portfolio, he is the Faculty’s representative on the Monash Research Committee, and chairs the Faculty Research Committee. Jakob works closely with School and Centre research coordinators and the Arts Research and Business Development Office on a wide range of research related issues.

Farzad Sharifian

Associate Dean Graduate Research

Farzad Sharifian is also the Director of the Language and Society Centre. He holds the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash University, and is a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics.

Cecilia Hewlett

Associate Dean International

Cecilia is also Director of the Monash University Prato Centre. She provides strategic oversight of the Faculty’s international partnerships. She is a member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and has published on urban – rural relations in Early Modern Italy.

Heads of Schools and Centres

Rita Wilson

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Rita Wilson is also Monash-Warwick Associate Professor, Department of Italian, University of Warwick (UK), and Academic Co-Director, Migration, Identity, Translation Network. Rita’s main research interests are in women’s writing, translation studies, intercultural communication and transcultural narrative practices. Her most recent publications focus on the relationship between (self-)translation, migration and the construction of cultural identities.

Associate Professor
Mia Lindgren

School of Media, Film and Journalism

Mia teaches and researches across a range of areas in journalism. Mia is interested in journalistic storytelling for social change, through podcasting and other audio forms. She publishes in journalism studies and practice, journalism education and radio studies. As radio documentary producer, she also has an interest in practice led research. She is the co-editor of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media.

Associate Professor
Megan Cassidy-Welch

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies

Megan is a historian of the Middle Ages (mostly the thirteenth century) with particular interests in the history of the crusades, history and memory, histories of violence, and medieval cultural and social history. Her current research concerns ideas of atrocity in medieval crusading warfare, particularly during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Sharon Pickering

School of Social Sciences

Sharon is a Professor of Criminology. She was most recently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow on Border Policing. Sharon is the Founder and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory - an innovative virtual research centre that produces high quality and independent research on border crossings. She has authored 14 books and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. She has served on the ERA research evaluation committee and currently serves on the ARC College.

Professor Cat Hope

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Cat Hope is an active composer, sound artist and musician. Her composition and performance practices explore the physicality of sound in different media, and have been discussed in books such as Loading the Silence (Kouvaris, 2013), Women of Note (Appleby, 2012), Sounding Postmodernism (Bennett, 2011) as well as periodicals such as The Wire (UK, 2013), Limelight (Aus, 2012) and Neu Zeitschrift Fur Musik Shaft (Ger, 2012). Her works have been recorded for Australian, German and Austrian national radio, and her work has been awarded a range of prizes including the APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music in 2011, 2014 and the Peggy Glanville Hicks residency in 2014.

Doctor Jane Griffiths

Centre for Theatre and Performance

Jane has had an extensive career in UK theatre as an actor and director, performing with the RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, Derby Playhouse, Cambridge Theatre Company, Harrogate Theatre and Compass Theatre. She has been a Board member for the Australian Script Centre and Red Stitch, and is a regular media commentator on theatre and Greek drama.

Lynette Russell

Monash Indigenous Centre

Lynette has published widely in the areas of theory, Indigenous histories, post-colonialism and representations of race. She holds a five year ARC Professorial Fellowship to undertake a study of Victorian Ethnographers 1834-1930. The driving force in all of her research is an exploration of the sociology (and socio-politics) of knowledge.

Bruce Scates

National Centre for Australian Studies

Bruce is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a prize-winning teacher, writer and historian with expertise in labour history, environmental history and the contested memory of war. He is also the recipient of several coveted research awards, is a highly regarded author, and is committed to communicating history.

Koichi Iwabuchi

Monash Asia Institute

Koichi is an internationally recognized scholar of media and cultural studies. As Director, Koichi is interested in promoting researches on trans-Asian mobilities, connections and dialogues in a global perspective. Koichi is also keen to facilitate creative practices of how we de-compartmentalize the studies about “Asia” within Australia and how we re-imagine Australia as part of Asia and Asia as part of Australia.

Faculty Senior Managers

John Rivett

Faculty General Manager

The Faculty General Manager provides high-level leadership to, and has oversight of, the faculty’s administrative, resource and business planning activities, and contributes to its effective governance. The position is responsible for the faculty’s professional staff support functions and for leading interactions with university administration on behalf of the Faculty.

Associate Professor Vicki Peel

Graduate Programs

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) offers the Faculty's Masters by coursework degrees, which provide a wealth of international and local experience through industry engagement, internships and field schools.

Michelle Brockbank

Group Manager:
Academic and Student Services

The Academic, Governance & Student Services Group is responsible for the administration of Faculty admissions, student and teaching support. This portfolio provides policy advice in the undergraduate and postgraduate coursework areas. In addition the Group is also responsible for Academic Governance, Educational Initiatives and School & Centres teaching support.

Maria Cantillon

Group Manager:

This area is responsible for faculty-wide coordination and oversight of a range of business support functions, including financial planning and monitoring, forecasting, analysis, advice and compliance.

Bev Baugh

Group Manager:
Research and Business Development

The Group Manager provides strategic advice to the Senior Management team on research and business opportunities and planning. The team helps industry, government and community groups to connect with the extensive range of Monash Arts expertise and respond to the needs of communities, solve global challenges and deliver impact.

Christine Avenell

Senior Manager:
Marketing, Communications and Future Students

Arts Marketing, Communications and Future Students supports activities to promote the awareness and reputation of our offerings, to raise the profile of the Faculty and to attract prospective domestic and international students.

Jodie Wood

Senior Manager:
Schools Support

The Schools Support Team provides management and administrative support to the academic community so that their teaching and research activities are conducted in accordance with defined business processes across the spectrum of Monash University’s administrative divisions.

Doctor Nick Fischer

Graduate Research Manager

The Arts Research Graduate School provides graduate research education of the highest quality, and a stimulating, supportive and professional environment for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates (masters by research and PhD)

Stuart Lees

Senior Manager:
Facilities and Resources

The Facilities and Resources team provide operational support across a broad range of areas of the Faculty, including space and facilities management, asset and equipment management, as well as risk management & compliance.

Amy Lim

Senior Manager:
Alumni and External Relations

Arts Alumni and External Relations is responsible for developing and implementing faculty external relations activities to effectively engage with alumni, international partners and external stakeholders.