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 a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, and the modern Muslim experience.
Susan is a regular paper reviewer and Friday panelist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, and was also the host of the ABC Radio National Series Assumptions. She has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, Q&A, The Drum, Home Delivery, and has featured in InStyle, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Dumbo Feather and Sunday Life magazines. Susan’s first book “The Research Process (7th edition)”, co-authored with Professor Gary Bouma, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and she released her second book “Fighting Hislam” in May 2017 with Melbourne University Publishing. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.
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.
Susan is an ambassador for the charity Possible Dreams International, and a certified scuba diver!