Fiona Probyn-RapseyProfessor Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia (1999)
BA (Hons) Monash University, Victoria Australia

Room number: 19.1012
Phone number: +61 2 4239 2155


Prior to coming to the University of Wollongong in 2016, Fiona was Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, 2003-2016.

Research Interests

Fiona’s research connects feminist critical race studies and Animal studies (also known as human-animal studies), examining where, when and how gender, race and species intersect. Her first book Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations (2013), examines how the white fathers of Indigenous children (many now part of the Stolen Generations) reacted to and were positioned by Australian assimilation policies. This book highlights a research interest in the reproductive and biopolitical nature of settler colonial societies, a common thread that extends into more recent research in animal studies, including 2 co-edited books, Animal Death (2013) and also Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical Perspectives on Non-human futures (2015). From 2011-2015, Fiona was convenor (and founder) of HARN: Human Animal Research Network, at the University of Sydney. Fiona is currently working on an anthology of essays with Professor Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) called Animaladies, as well as monograph on the cultural politics of eradication.

Editorial Boards

Australian Humanities Review
Environmental Humanities
Animal Studies Journal

Professional Membership

Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association: 2015-2017. Vice Chair 2011-2015.
Associate of the NZ Centre for Human Animal Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
Member of Plumwood Board 2016

Series Co-Editor

Fiona is also Series Editor (with Melissa Boyde) of the Animal Publics book series through Sydney University Press,

Advisory Board

Professor Steve Baker (University of Central Lancashire); Professor Una Chaudhuri (New York University); Dr Matthew Chrulew (Curtin University); Professor Barbara Creed (University of Melbourne); Dr Chris Degeling (University of Sydney); Dr Thom van Dooren (University of New South Wales); Professor Adrian Franklin (University of Tasmania); Professor Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University); Professor Claire Kim (University of California, Irvine); Professor Paul McGreevy (University of Sydney); Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan (University of Melbourne); Professor Clare Palmer (University of Texas); Dr Anat Pick (Queen Mary, University of London); Dr Anthony Podberscek (University of Cambridge); Associate Professor Annie Potts (University of Canterbury); Professor Deborah Bird Rose (University of New South Wales); Professor Peta Tait (La Trobe University); A/Prof Nik Taylor (Flinders University); Dr Dinesh Wadiwel (University of Sydney); Professor Cary Wolfe (Rice University); Professor Wendy Woodward (University of the Western Cape).

Competitive Research Funding (ARCs etc)

2015 – (CI) SEI (Sydney Environment Institute) grant University of Sydney
2014 – ASI-WAS Fellowship (Animals and Society Institute, USA)
2014 – (CI) FRSS grant University of Sydney
2013 – (CI) SyReNs grant University of Sydney
2011 – (CI) Brown Fellowship University of Sydney.
2006 – (CI) R&D Grant, University of Sydney
2005 – 2011 (CI) ARC Discovery Project CI “Whiteness: A Critical Genealogy

Invited Lectures, Talks, Presentations (2011-2015)

Invited Lecture: “Hopes of Killing: the Cultural Politics of Eradication”, Centre for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, CT, USA. October 3rd
Invited Talk: “The Cultural politics of Eradication: Dingos”, Human Animal Studies Seminar Series, Columbia University, NYC, September 27th.
Presenter: “What Brings you to Animal Studies?”, ASI-WAS “Fellow Travellers” Conference, Wesleyan University, CT, USA.
Presenter: ‘Dog whistling: Australian settler colonialism and the dingo. Decolonising Animal Studies’, University of Alberta, Canada, June 21-23.

Invited Lecture: ‘Dingo Politics: Race, Species and Purity’ Environment Research Group and Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania, 20th August 2015.
Invited Speaker: ‘Eating Dingos’ Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Australian Museum, Sydney
Invited Speaker: ‘Edge of the Wild: A workshop and discussion with Harriet Ritvo’, Macquarie University. 26th June.
Invited Speaker ‘The Feral Amongst Us’ Bundanon Trust, Siteworks.
Invited Speaker: ‘All sorts of Beyond: animals, madness, gender’ at ‘Beyond the Human’ Symposium, University of Wollongong.
Presenter: ‘Blanking out and switching off: whiteness and unfeeling’, 6th AASG, Australia Centre and Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network, University of Melbourne.
Presenter: “Morbid Thinking or Five ways to kill a dingo” – Minding Animals 3, Jawaharlal University, New Delhi, India.

Invited Lecture - “Dingo Politics” Annual Lecture for the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Network at the University of Melbourne.

Invited Speaker – Vulnerabilities Symposium, Macquarie University.
Invited Speaker – “Encountering the Author”, University of Western Sydney.

‘Stunning Australia’, Animals, People: A Shared Environment, 4th AASG, Griffith University, Brisbane.



Last reviewed: 6 March, 2019