Sarah  Maddison Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Sarah Maddison

Associate Professor of Politics
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

I am an Australian political scientist with a deep interest in conflict as an important democratic dynamic. My work has explored conflict in areas including social movements, Australian Indigenous politics, intercultural conflict in settler colonial societies, and in reconciliation and transformation efforts. My latest book presents the findings of a four year study examining reconciliation and conflict transformation in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Australia, and Guatemala.


Sarah Maddison was educated at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. She taught political science at the University of New South Wales from 2004-2014, where she also held roles as Senior Associate Dean (2007-2010) and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2011-2014). She joined the University of Melbourne in 2015. She has published widely in the fields of reconciliation and intercultural relations, settler colonialism, Indigenous politics, gender politics, social movements, and democracy, including in journals such as Political Studies, Identities, Peacebuilding, Social Identities, The Australian Journal of Human Rights, The Australian Journal of Political Science, Social Movement Studies. Her book Black Politics: Inside the complexity of Aboriginal political culture (2009) was the joint winner of the Henry Mayer Book Prize in 2009, and was also shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Award for Literature Nonfiction and longlisted for the John Button prize for the best political writing in that same year. Her other recent books include The Women’s Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet (co-edited with Marian Sawer, 2013), Beyond White Guilt (2011), Unsettling the Settler State (co-edited with Morgan Brigg, 2011), and Silencing Dissent (co-edited with Clive Hamilton, 2007). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in 2014, and has also held visiting appointments at the University of Connecticut, The University of Witwatersrand, and the University of Ulster. In 2009 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study models of Indigenous representation in the United States and Canada. Sarah’s Future Fellowship project was a comparative study of conflict transformation and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Australia and Guatemala. The book detailing the results of this study will be published by Routledge in 2015.


    PhD (University of Sydney, 2004)


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