Who's Who

The following UNSW Arts & Social Sciences staff will feature in the 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival. Visit our Program Highlights page for a full list of events.

Our staff

Eileen Baldry

Professor Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is a Professor of Criminology at UNSW Australia where she has been an academic since 1993. Eileen is an esteemed researcher in the areas of Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work and was recently named as one of the inaugural PLuS Alliance Fellows in Social Justice. Eileen also holds the distinguished position of Academic Chair, UNSW Diversity and Equality Board and is the current Deputy Chair of the Disability Council NSW. In 2009, the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW recognised Baldry’s “indefatigable” support for justice-related causes by awarding her its highest honour: the Justice Medal.

Dr Linda Bartolomei

Dr Linda Bartolomei is the Director of the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research. Since 2002 she has been engaged in a series of research projects which have explored the challenges associated with identifying and responding to the protection needs of refugee women and girls. This has involved research in multiple sites across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These projects resulted in significant, research and policy and law outcomes which were presented at the UNHCR in Geneva. Her current research includes projects related to refugee protection and community development in New Delhi, human rights, social capital and refugee settlement in Australia.

Dr Anthony Billingsley

Dr Anthony Billingsley has a BA (UNSW), MSc (Strathclyde), M. Int. Law (ANU), and a PhD (Macquarie). He has worked with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Westpac, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE, and the Office of National Assessments. He wrote Political Succession in the Arab World, ‘Under the Spotlight’ in Gaza: Law, Politics and Morality, and co-wrote International Law and the Use of Force: a Documentary and Reference Guide. Anthony’s teaching focus is on the politics of international law and on Middle East politics and civilisation. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Dr Stephanie Bishiop

Dr Stephanie Bishiop's first novel was The Singing, for which she was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists. Her second novel, The Other Side of the World, was winner of the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award. Stephanie’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Australian and the Sydney Review Of Books. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and is a lecturer in creative writing at UNSW. In 2016 she'll be a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Life Writing at the University of Oxford. 

Dr Emma Jane

Dr Emma A. Jane (previously known as Emma Tom) is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She is currently running a three-year DECRA project into the impact of gendered cyberhate called “Cyberhate: the new digital divide?”. Online misogyny, cyberbullying, and digital mobs are the foci of her ongoing research into the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Prior to commencing her academic career, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, electronic, and online media. She has written seven books including a novel, Deadset, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia and the South Pacific for Best First Novel in 1997. Her seventh book – Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid, co-authored with Chris Fleming, was published by Bloomsbury in August, 2014. Her eighth book, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice, co-authored with Chris Barker, is currently in production with Sage. Emma is also working on a new book about online misogyny for Sage which will be published later in 2016. 

Dr Christopher Kremmer

Dr Christopher Kremmer has authored internationally acclaimed literary works on the religious, cultural, economic and political forces now reshaping the Asian region. His books include The Carpet Wars: A journey across the Islamic heartlands, and Inhaling the Mahatma, a portrait of change in contemporary India. A published novelist and essayist, he teaches literary and narrative journalism at the University of New South Wales. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australia India Institute, and former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of South Asia. 

Dr Alyce McGovern

Dr Alyce McGovern is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Australia. Her research examines the intersections between crime, media and culture, with a focus on police-media relations. Recent publications include Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications (with Professor Murray Lee, Routledge) and Sexting and Young People (with Professor Thomas Crofts, Professor Murray Lee and Dr Sanja Milivojevic, Palgrave). 

Professor Rónán McDonald

Professor Rónán McDonald holds the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies and is the Director of the Global Irish Studies Centre UNSW. His research interests span modern Irish literature and culture, the contribution of Irish migrants to Australia and the broad field of cultural value. His first book Tragedy and Irish Literature was published in 2002, followed by Cambridge Introduction to Beckett in 2006 and The Death of the Critic in 2007. His current research interests focus on Darwinism, degeneration and the crisis of value in Irish modernism. He is also editing a collection of essays on the Values of Literary Studies, and co-editing collections on Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett.