Professor John Simons
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Macquarie University
Professor John Simons is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Macquarie University. His previous role with Macquarie University was Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts. Prior to joining Macquarie University he worked at the universities of Wales, Exeter, Winchester, Edge Hill and Lincoln in the UK and has held various visiting Professorships and Fellowships in the USA where he is also an alumnus of the State Department’s International Visitor Program. In the 1990s he worked extensively in Eastern Europe on projects to build universities after the fall of communism.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy, the Zoological Society of London and the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He is President of CHASS, an Executive Board member of DASSH and an advisory council member of the International Anti-Poaching Federation.
He has published very widely - some seventeen monographs or edited volumes and numerous chapter and articles - on topics ranging from Middle English chivalric romance to Andy Warhol and from codicology to the history of cricket. Since the late 1990s he has mainly concentrated on the issue of animals and his chief publications in the field are Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation (2002), Rossetti’s Wombat (2008), The Tiger that Swallowed the Boy (2012) and Kangaroo (2013). He is also a published poet.
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