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Dr Susan

Academic, Author, and Social Commentator


Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, where she is the director of the Bachelor of Global Studies. In 2019, she was awarded The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to explore practical strategies for countering Islamophobia.

Current Work

Susan is the host of SBS quiz/documentary series Child Genius, which follows the lives of gifted children and their families. She regularly guest hosts on ABC Melbourne radio, hosted the ABC Radio National series Assumptions and is a regular Friday panellist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast. She was a co-creator and presenter of SBS’s Salam Café and has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, Q&A, The Project, 7:30, The Drum, Home Delivery. Susan has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Dumbo Feather, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sunday Life, and 200 Women.

Susan is an ambassador for UNICEF Australia Susan has been a panellist at the United Nations in Geneva as a guest of The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement.

Previous Experience

Author: In 2017, her first book Fighting Hislam was published by Melbourne University Publishing. Opinion pieces and articles have also been published in The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.

Awards and Accolades: In 2018, Susan was named on Who magazine’s “Women Who Fight” list. Other accolades include the “Who’s Who of Australian Women” list, in InStyle as a “Woman of Style” and in Elle as one of 17 women “To Know and be Inspired by”. In 2012 she was named on the “20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices” list by The Age. She has also been named on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

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