Tim Soutphommasane appointed Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner

Tim Soutphommasane
Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Dr Tim Soutphommasane was yesterday appointed  Race Discrimination Commissioner for a five year term with the Australian Human Rights Commission. This appointment is a tribute to Tim’s hard work and commitment as a scholar, public intellectual and advocate within the community.

The National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) in association with Cambridge University Press published Tim’s first book, Reclaiming Patriotism: nation-building for progressives, in 2009, and his next two books  The Virtuous Citizen: patriotism in a multicultural society (CUP) and Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From: why multiculturalism works (New South Press) were written while a Research Fellow with the Centre between 2010 and 2012.

Tim is also a Chief Investigator on the ARC linkage project ‘Anzac Day at home and abroad: a centenary history of Australia’s national day’, working with lead CI Professor Bruce Scates, and the team based in NCAS.

Tim is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney and is presenting a Radio National series on multiculturalism entitled Mongrel Nation.

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