Vice-Chancellor's Fellow: Professor Robert Manne

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow: Professor Robert ManneProfessor Robert Manne was educated at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford and was Professor of Politics at La Trobe University until his retirement in December 2012. Professor Manne is currently convenor of La Trobe’s Ideas & Society program.

Professor Manne has published a large number of extended political essays and has written or edited twenty books on a wide variety of topics, including The Petrov Affair; The Culture of Forgetting; Left, Right, Left: Political Essays: 1977-2005; Making Trouble: Essays against the New Australian Complacency and three Quarterly Essays, “In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right”, “Sending Them Home: Refugees and the New Politics of Indifference” and “Bad News: Murdoch’s Australian and the Shaping of the Nation”. 

In 2011 and 2012 he wrote extended essays on Julian Assange and climate change denialism for The Monthly.  His books and essays have won various awards including the Washington National Intelligence Centre Prize for The Petrov Affair and a Queensland Premier’s Prize for “In Denial”. Professor Manne’s essays have been selected almost every year for inclusion in the annual Best Australian Essays anthology since its inception in 1998. 

He is the editor of the series of political books published since 2003 under the imprint of Black Inc. Agenda. Between 1987 and 2004 he was a regular columnist at different times at the Melbourne Herald, The Australian, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and also a regular commentator on public affairs for the ABC. Between 1990 and 1997 he was editor of Quadrant. 

Since then he has been Chair of the editorial boards of both Australian Book Review and The Monthly. Professor Manne is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2005 he was voted Australia’s leading public intellectual in a vote conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald.