Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University, and is a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow and a Churchill fellow, researching the intersection between gender, Islamophobia, and social cohesion. Susan hosted the television quiz show Child Genius, and currently hosts the podcast What Happens Next? Her first book, Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism, was published by Melbourne University Publishing. She is a columnist for Sunday Life in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Age, The Saturday Paper, The Conversation, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian Vogue, The Quarterly Essay, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.
Susan has provided training and expert commentary on Islam and Muslims in Australia to organisations such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and spoken about her research at the UN in Geneva. She currently sits on Victorian Government Anti-Racism taskforce, the board of Benevolence Australia, and the advisory board for the Valmae Frielich Project for the Study of Bigotry at the Australian National University.
Susan is an ambassador for UNICEF Australia, and is also a certified scuba diver.