Two ANU academics have received Australia’s highest recognition for achievement in the field of humanities. Professor Frank Bongiorno AM, head of ANU School of History, and former head of ANU School of Philosophy Professor Christian Barry have been elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Professor Bongiorno who was earlier this year made a Member of the Order of Australia, has served as head of History at ANU since 2018, and authored the 2016 ACT Book of the Year 'The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia'. A frequent contributor to national debate and author of critically recognised works, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and of the Academy of The Social Sciences in Australia.
Professor Barry’s career has focused on applying moral theory to issues from economics and politics to justice. He has worked on ARC Research projects on the ethical responsibilities of consumers, and the responsibilities of combating poverty. He served as head of Philosophy at ANU from 2015 to 2017, and was Director of the Centre for Moral, Social, and Political Theory from 2012 to 2015.
The College congratulates Professors Bongiorno and Barry on this deserved recognition of their outstanding and continuing contribution.