Marnie Hughes-Warrington

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Marnie Hughes-Warrington AO (born 17 February 1970) is an Australian academic who currently serves as Professor of History at the University of South Australia, where she has also served since 2020 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). She previously worked at the Australian National University.[1] Her areas of expertise are the philosophy of history, historiography, and world history.

Early life and education[edit]

Hughes-Warrington was born in Victoria in 1970 and grew up in Tasmania. She studied Philosophy and History at the University of Tasmania from 1988 to 1991, and graduated with a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours with majors in history and philosophy in 1992.

She was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar in 1992, and completed her DPhil at Merton College, Oxford, where she served as President of the Middle Common Room. Her thesis, completed in 1995, is entitled Historical imagination and education, and focuses on the philosophy of history and education of R. G. Collingwood.


After completing her DPhil, Hughes-Warrington lectured in history at the University of Oxford, the University of Washington and Macquarie University. She became Associate Dean of Education at Macquarie in 1998, and held the position until 2009. She has also taught at Leipzig University and Harvard University.

From 2009 to 2012, she worked as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Monash University, and became Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Australian National University in 2012. In 2018 she announced[2] her intention to go back to her twin loves of history and philosophy to work on three new books. Her current writing project focuses on the relationship between the scales of histories and ethics. She is the fifth secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Australia.[3]


On 3 May 2012, Professor Hughes-Warrington announced wholesale changes to the staffing and curriculum of the ANU School of Music.[4] The decision was criticised by the director of Canberra International Music Festival Chris Latham, who stated it was "absolutely and utterly devastating".[5]

The former Head of the School subsequently submitted a Public Interest Disclosure naming Professor Hughes-Warrington among other senior ANU officials in relation to submitted evidence that the Commonwealth Ombudsman said showed "instances of disclosable conduct, namely conduct that constitutes maladministration and conduct which, if proved, would be grounds for disciplinary action or conduct which is in breach of a law."[6][7]

Published works[edit]

Professor Hughes-Warrington is the author of eight books:


  • 2008: Australian Prime Minister's Award for University Teacher of the Year
  • 2008: Teaching Excellence Award in Humanities and the Arts, Australian Learning and Teaching Council
  • 2013: University of Tasmania Foundation Graduate of the Year Award
  • 2022: Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours for "distinguished service to tertiary education and governance as an administrator, leader and mentor".[8]


  1. ^ "Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington". The Australian National University, Canberra. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ "A Long-Expected Party". Making Sense of University Business. October 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Rhodes Australia Team". The Rhodes Trust. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Marnie Hughes-Warrington and Adrian Walter press conference: Bachelor of Music changes". Youtube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. ^ Jacobs, Genevieve. "Discord at the ANU's School of Music". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ Hare, Julie (24 May 2017). "ANU heavies to face the music over school's governance". The Australian. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  7. ^ "ANU corruption and misuse of funding allegations under investigation - ABC News". ABC News. 24 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours - the full list". Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment Co. 12 June 2022. Retrieved 12 June 2022.

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