School of Humanities
Being human is an amazing journey
The study of humanities equips you to ask and answer the big questions, challenging you to explore where we came from, who we are and where we’re going.
Human experience is made meaningful through culture, language, literature, history and philosophy. Enrich your whole life by gaining a deep understanding of these threads that tie us all together.
Exploring the humanities provides you with the skills to power lifelong career success in any field, with enduring skills in critical thinking, communicating and influencing.
Congratulations to our student award winners
We recognise the hard work and dedication you give to your studies and wish to celebrate your achievement with you. We also thank our generous donors for their continued support.
View the full list of School of Humanities 2019 prize winners and 2020 scholarship recipients and a selection of video messages.
Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in WA
With four European, four Asian and two Classical languages on offer, UWA is the leading institution in WA for language learning.
Immerse yourself in another language. Learn to see the world in a new way. Move between cultures with ease.
Welcome from the Head of School Alexandra Ludewig
Professor John Kinder
Professor John Kinder is a respected linguist, Italian language and culture specialist, author, language researcher and educator at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Professor John Kinder
Dr Remco Heesen
Dr Remco Heesen is a Philosopher of Science in the School of Humanities, studying the social structure of science, social epistemology and formal epistemology.Read more about Dr Remco Heesen
Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Professor Hélène Jaccomard is a multilingual lecturer and researcher in the School of Humanities within the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Professor Rob Wilson
Professor Rob Wilson is a philosopher and lecturer of philosophy at UWA in the School of Humanities.Read more about Professor Rob Wilson
Dr Catherine Noske
Dr Catherine Noske is editor of Westerly magazine and a lecturer in English and creative writing within the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more about Dr Catherine Noske
Professor Susan Broomhall
Susan Broomhall is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of History, researching the medieval and early modern world.Read more about Professor Susan Broomhall
Dr Bonnie Thomas
Dr Bonnie Thomas is a senior lecturer of French language and literature. Dr Thomas conducts research on francophone Caribbean literature and is nationally awarded for her teaching abilities.Read more about Dr Bonnie Thomas
Dr Raquel Bra Núñez
Dr Raquel Bra Núñez is an international Spanish teacher with a passion for linguistics, communication and literature.Read more about Dr Raquel Bra Núñez
Dr Christopher Mallan
Dr Chris Mallan is a senior lecturer at The University of Western Australia. He is an internationally regarded educator, historian and researcher, with a particular focus on Ancient Rome.Read more about Dr Christopher Mallan
Dr Ethan Blue
Ethan Blue is a multi-award-winning teacher, researcher and senior lecturer in History at UWA. His first book Doing Time in the Depression (2012) traces the origins of mass incarceration in the United States.Read more about Dr Ethan Blue
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell is a researcher and teacher at UWA’s School of Humanities.Read more about Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor is the Discipline Chair for History within the School of Humanities, and the Director of the Centre for Western Australian History.Read more about Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Dr Dale Adams
Dr Dale Adams is a lecturer in German language, literature and culture in UWA’s Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, and Deputy Head of Education (Enterprise) for the School of Humanities.Read more about Dr Dale Adams
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince is a scholar of Shakespeare and teacher of English and Literary Studies in the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more about Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Andrew Endrey is a professional Chinese translator and Associate Lecturer in the School of Humanities within the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Andrew Endrey
The School of Humanities has a breadth of research expertise and hosts several internationally acclaimed journals and national centres, ensuring a vibrant research and postgraduate culture.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Medieval and early modern studies research at UWA aims to uncover the pre-modern world and the effect the past has in modern times.Read more
Literary studies research at UWA explores social and cultural concerns from the past and present through creative, written and visual literature.Read more
Medicine is often thought of as solely aligned with the sciences. Medical humanities, however, examines how human elements such as gender, sexuality, race and class bear on understanding the human body from a medical perspective. This research investigates the power dynamics and effects of institutional care on individuals, community and state.Read more
Translation and Transcultural Research
Understanding the social and cultural issues of translation and multilingualism, migration, transcultural identity construction and communication.Read more
New Chair in Australian Literature appointed
Congratulations to Associate Professor Tony Hughes-d’Aeth appointed Chair in Australian Literature at The University of Western Australia.Read more
UWA academics leading online learning
See how our academics are teaching their classes online and interacting with students virtually.Read more
UWA alumna wins Journalist of the Year Award
Annabel Hennessy wins Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award for Jody Gore investigation Kill or Be Killed?Read more
What books tell us about ourselves
Associate Professors Tony Hughes-d'Aeth and Tanya Dalziell share a little about what our paged friends do for us.Read more
New pathway aims to alleviate concerns of year 12 ATAR students
UWA has introduced a new admissions pathway to help Year 12 ATAR students worried about a substantial interruption to their studies due to COVID-19.Read more
The Shakespeare Garden
UWA’s Shakespeare Garden is a walled garden next to the New Fortune Theatre and among the first of its kind in Australia. It includes almost 30 different plants Shakespeare mentioned in his plays.Read more about The Shakespeare Garden
Close to Home: Discovering Female Indonesian Writers
This event will highlight the work of female Indonesian writers who have challenged dominant narratives - Wednesday 4 March 2020.Read more
Summer of cinema
From Monday 25 November - Sunday 5 April, we usher in another stunning Perth summer with Lotterywest Films bringing the best in world cinema under the stars at UWA Somerville.Read more