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Professor Jenny Hocking

Whitlam INstitute Distinguished Fellow

An eminent scholar, political historian and biographer, Professor Jenny Hocking has been researching and publishing in Australia and internationally for some twenty five years. Her work focuses on two key areas: counter-terrorism and Australian political biography. The overarching themes, crossing both these areas, remain consistent: Australian democratic practice, the relationship between the arms of government, and aspects of Australian political history.

Professor Hocking is best known to the wider community for her acclaimed biographies of Attorney-General in the Whitlam government and High Court justice Lionel Murphy, Australian communist author Frank Hardy and most recently her two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History, and His Time.

This honorary appointment is in recognition of Professor Hocking's substantial and ongoing scholarly contribution to Australian history and the political sciences. The appointment formalises the close collaboration that already exists between Professor Hocking and the Institute.


Professor Margaret Wilson


Professor Margaret Wilson is not only an acclaimed legal academic but is also one of New Zealand’s most respected public figures having served in several key ministerial portfolios in Helen Clark’s Labour government, including Attorney General. Professor Wilson has also served as Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament.


Professor Scott Holmes

Whitlam INstitute Professor of Public Policy

Professor Holmes is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research and Development) as well as a Professor of Public Policy in the Whitlam Institute. Over the past 17 years, he has held various senior leadership roles at Newcastle, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Foundation Dean of Graduate Studies, Head of the Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Public Policy. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and a Life Member of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand reflecting almost three decades of research and support for the small firm sector. 
Professor Holmes economic and business background is extensive, having published 6 books and over 50 Referred articles. 
Professor Holmes received the University of Newcastle 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award for development of a course for NSW Health's 7,500 clinical managers aimed at improving budget integrity. He was also the head of one of five groups that delivered the training statewide.


Dr Kristen Rundle

Whitlam INstitute Fellow

Dr Kristen Rundle is a Whitlam Institute Fellow (appointed 2015). She is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School, where she teaches in the areas of administrative law and legal theory. She has previously held appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Sydney, and adjunct and visiting appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa, Canada, and Erasmus University, The Netherlands.

Dr Rundle's research is located at the interface of legal theory and public law in its effort to trace the relational and institutional conditions necessary for law to act as a limitation on power. Her book, Forms Liberate: Reclaiming the Jurisprudence of Lon L Fuller (Hart Publishing, 2012) was awarded second prize, UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, 2012. Dr Rundle was awarded a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Toronto, where she also held the Doctoral Fellowship in Ethics at the Centre for Ethics. She obtained a Master of Laws (honours) in public law and legal theory at McGill University as Australia's 2001 Lionel Murphy Postgraduate (Overseas) Scholar, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (first class honours) from the University of Sydney. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked as an associate at the Federal Court of Australia, and as a Legislative Policy Advisor in the NSW Attorney-General's Department.


Associate Professor Edward Nik-Khah


Dr Edward Nik-Khah is an Associate Professor of Economics at Roanoke College. He has previously completed research on the historical development of neoliberal pharmaceutical science, the role of George Stigler as architect of Chicago neoliberalism, economics imperialism, and the political economy of market design, for which he won the K. William Kapp Prize from the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy. Current research of his (with Philip Mirowski) examines the history of the economics of information and market design in twentieth century economics.


Associate Professor Heidi Norman

E. G. Whitlam Research FELLOW

Heidi Norman is an Associate Professor in Social and Political Sciences in the School of Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney.  She researchers and publishes in the areas of NSW Aboriginal history and politics with a particular focus on land and its management and the Aboriginal administrative domain.  Her most recent work is a study of Aboriginal Land rights in NSW (published in 2015). This work is a critical account of the interface between the Government’s construction of Aboriginal interests in land and the emerging governance of those land and interests by Aboriginal citizens through their land councils.  Her new area of research is focused on Aboriginal people’s interests in pursuing land management and cultural aspirations on their land, alongside imperatives to pursue economic development.