Professor Kate Darian-Smith is Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania, a role she has held since 2018. She is responsible leading five Schools — Humanities; Social Sciences; Creative Arts and Media; Law; and Education — located across multiple campuses.

Kate previously held senior leadership positions at the University of Melbourne, most recently in joint appointments in the Faculty of Arts and the, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. She is a cultural and social historian, with books and other publications on Australian history, memory studies, and cultural heritage. Her research has been supported by numerous ARC grants, including for two current projects.

Kate sits on the Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; and former service includes the ARC College of Experts; as President, International Australian Studies Association; the Board, Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT); the Council, Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House. She has been an advocate for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts across her career and is recognised for her long-term support of Australian Studies internationally, particularly in Japan and China.

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