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 the director of the Bachelor of Global 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 panellist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, hosted the ABC Radio National Series Assumptions, guest-hosted on ABC Melbourne, and co-creator and presenter of SBS’s Salam Café. She has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, Q and A, The Project, The Drum, Home Delivery, and has featured in Harper's Bazaar, Dumbo Feather, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sunday Life, and 200 Women. Her first book was “Fighting Hislam”, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2017, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies. In 2017, she presented on a panel at the United Nations in Geneva as a guest of The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement.
In 2017, she was named on the “Who’s Who of Australian Women” list, in InStyle as a “Woman of Style”, and in Elle as one of 17 women “To Know and Be Inspired by”. 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 also an ambassador for UNICEF Australia, and is a certified scuba diver!