Sarah Maddison is an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Her areas of research expertise include social movements, feminism and the Australian women’s movement, democratic participation, dialogue and reconciliation, and Indigenous political culture. In 2009 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to look at international models of Indigenous representation through a study of the National Congress of American Indians and Canada’s Assembly of First Nations. Her recent books include Beyond White Guilt (Allen & Unwin 2011), Unsettling the Settler State (Federation Press, co-edited with Morgan Brigg 2011), Black Politics (Allen & Unwin 2009), Silencing Dissent (Allen & Unwin, co-edited with Clive Hamilton 2007) and Activist Wisdom (UNSW Press, with Sean Scalmer 2006). Her fellowship project involves a four-country comparative study exploring process of dialogue and reconciliation in Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Guatemala.
Sarah was a voluntary media spokesperson for the Women’s Electoral Lobby for 10 years until 2008. In her life outside of the university today she is also the mother of two young adults, chairs the Board of GetUp! and is a middle-aged gym junkie.