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Biography

I joined the University of Newcastle in December 2010 from Macquarie University where I was Professor of Sociology. I was Dean of the Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy at Macquarie (2003-8). During that time, I was founder member and chair of the management board of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion. I have taught sociology at six Australian universities including Macquarie (1991-2001) and at the Copenhagen Business School where I was Research Professor in the Department of Management, Philosophy and Politics (2002-3). I have held Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University, Birkbeck College, London, and Goldsmiths College, London, and have been a consultant author for the Sociology course for the Open University UK.

My work has been translated into Danish, German, and Finnish. Among the Universities and Institutes to which I have been invited are the Open University, the National University of Ireland, Sciences Po, Paris, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the State University of New York, Buffalo, Monash University, Roskilde University, and the Universities of Auckland, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Jyvaskyla, Leipzig, Linkoping, Queensland, Sydney, Tampere, and Victoria (Canada).

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), University of New South Wales, 14/10/1988
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales, 19/04/1977

Research

Research keywords

  • Liberalism and Neoliberalism
  • Political and Historical Sociology
  • Public Governance
  • Public Policy
  • Social Theory

Research expertise

My areas of speciality are political and historical sociology, critical social and political thought, and governing in liberal democracies. I have written on the history of discourses and government of poverty, and on theory and method in historical sociology. These are represented respectively by my books, The Constitution of Poverty and Critical and Effective Histories both published by Routledge.

My book on Governmentality is probably the standard text in the field. It is now in second, revised edition for Sage publications. It is one of the two English-language works cited in the afterword of the recent publication of Michel Foucault’s lectures on the topic, and has received the benefit of an excellent Danish translation by Kaspar Villadsen.

With Barry Hindess of the Australian National University I have edited the first country-specific application of governmentality studies entitled Governing Australia (Cambridge University Press). I have also edited a special issue of the journal, Alternatives: global, local, political with Paul Henman of the University of Queensland called ‘Governing Society Today’ and contribute as a referee to many journals across the social and political sciences. With Dr Henman, I was a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery project on e-government, citizenship and public policy. Our current ARC project is on technologies of performance in the public sector.

My more recent research areas include sovereignty, liberalism and government, I have written on states of exception, sovereignty and violence, liberal authoritarianism, international police and problems of the international order. These topics are addressed in my book, Governing Societies: political perspectives on domestic and international rule (Open University Press). My work has of course been most influenced by the problematics of Michel Foucault, but more recently I have undertaken critical readings of contemporary thinkers as diverse as Ulrich Beck, Hardt and Negri, and Giorgio Agamben and of contemporary social and political thought on individualisation, cosmopolitanism and globalization.

I have supervised and examined many research theses. Recent research theses supervised include topics such as governing women on release from prison, the genealogy of child protection, property law and governance in rural Australia, criminality and electoral disqualifications, Malaysian modernization plans, and public policy and remote Indigenous communities.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160899Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - International Studies Association

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Journal of Power
  • Member - Journal of Cultural Economy
  • Member - Journal of International Political Sociology
  • Member - Scan: Journal of Media Arts and Culture
  • Editor - Distinktion

Appointments

Adjunct Professor of Sociology
Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/12/2010
Dean
Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/01/2003 - 01/12/2008
Chair of Management Committee
Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/01/2003 - 01/12/2007
Visiting Professor
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
01/08/2002 - 01/01/2003
Acting Dean
Division of Society Culture, Media and Philosophy, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/01/2002 - 01/12/2002
Professorial Fellow
Department of Sociology, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/01/1999 - 01/01/2002
Head of Department
Department of Sociology, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/01/1998 - 01/12/2001
Deputy Head of Division
Division of Society Culture, Media and Philosophy, Macquarie University (Australia)
01/01/1999 - 01/12/2001

Invitations

International Governmentality
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway (Invited Presenter)
2010
International Governmentality
Danish Institute of International Studies, Denmark (Invited Presenter)
2010
Contesting Neoliberalism and its Future
Institute of Social Sciences, School of Social and Political Science, University of Sydney, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2010
Strange Imaginings of Europe
European Welfare and Democracy conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Keynote Address)
2009
What is Social Thought?
Pavis Centre for Cultural and Social Research, Open University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2009
Annual Lecture
Social Sciences Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (Invited Presenter)
2009
Power conference
University of Tampere, Finland, Finland (Keynote Address)
2008
Risk, Crises, Law and Ethics, Workshop, Science and Society, French National Research Agency
French National Research Agency, Paris, France (Invited Presenter)
2008
Governmentality and International Politics
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dept of International Relations, Israel (Invited Presenter)
2008
Making Live and Letting Die
American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, United States (Invited Presenter)
2007
Foucault and the Social Sciences
Monash University, Australia (Keynote Address)
2007
The State of Governmentality
University of Leipzig, Germany (Invited Presenter)
2007
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Dean MM, The Constitution of Poverty:Toward a genealogy of liberal governance, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, 248 (2010) [A4]
2010Dean M, 'What is society? Social thought and the arts of government', BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 61 677-695 (2010) [C1]
2009Dean MM, Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, California, United States of America, 304 (2009) [A1]
2007Dean MM, Governing Societies: Political perspectives on domestic and international rule, Open University Press, Berkshire, United Kingdom, 228 (2007) [A1]
2006Dean MM, 'A political mythology of world order: Carl Schmitt's nomos', Theory Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 23 1-21 (2006) [C1]
2002Dean MM, 'Liberal government and authoritarianism', Economy and Society, 31 37-61 (2002) [C1]
1994Dean MM, Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault's methods and historical sociology, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, 237 (1994) [A1]

Publications

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Book (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Dean M, The Signature of Power: Sovereignty, Governmentality and Biopolitics, SAGE, London, 264 (2013) [A1]
2012Dean MM, Villadsen K, Statsfobi og Civilsamfund: Foucault og Hans Arvingers Blik Pa Staten, Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne, Frederiksberg, 130 (2012) [A1]
2010Dean MM, The Constitution of Poverty:Toward a genealogy of liberal governance, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, 248 (2010) [A4]
2009Dean MM, Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, California, United States of America, 304 (2009) [A1]
2007Dean MM, Governing Societies: Political perspectives on domestic and international rule, Open University Press, Berkshire, United Kingdom, 228 (2007) [A1]
2006Dean MM, Governmentality: Power and Control in Modern Society, Samfundslitteratur, Frederiksberg, Denmark, 344 (2006) [A1]
1999Dean MM, Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society, Sage, London, United Kingdom, 229 (1999) [A1]
1998Dean MM, Hindess B, Governing Australia: studies in contemporary rationalities of government, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 275 (1998) [A3]
1994Dean MM, Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault's methods and historical sociology, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, 237 (1994) [A1]
1991Dean MM, The Constitution of Poverty: toward a genealogy of liberal governance, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, 248 (1991) [A1]
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Chapter (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Dean MM, 'Power and the Unacceptable', The Unacceptable, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke (2013) [B1]
2012Dean MM, 'Free economy, strong state', Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK 69-89 (2012) [B1]
2010Henman P, Dean MM, 'E-government and the production of standardized identity', Calculating the Social: Standards and the reconfiguration of governance, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, United Kingdom 77-93 (2010) [B1]
2010Dean MM, 'Land and sea: "in the begining all the world was America"', After the Event: New Perspectives on Art History, Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom 20-37 (2010) [B1]
2009Dean MM, 'Three conceptions of the relationship between power and liberty', SAGE Handbook of Power, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, California, United States of America 175-193 (2009) [B1]
2007Dean MM, 'Die "Regierung von Gesellschaften" Uber ein konzept und seine historischen Voraussetzungen', Michel Foucaults, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany 75-104 (2007) [B1]
2006Dean MM, 'Military intervention as 'police' action?', The New Police Science: the Police Power in Domestic and International Governance, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, California, United States of America 185-206 (2006) [B1]
2006Dean MM, 'Governmentality and powers of life and death', Analysing Social Policy: a governmental approach, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom 19-48 (2006) [B1]
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Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Dean M, 'Rethinking neoliberalism', JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 50 150-163 (2014)
2012Dean MM, 'Governmentality meets theology: 'The King Reigns, but He Does Not Govern'', Theory Culture & Society, 29 145-158 (2012) [C1]
2012Dean MM, 'The signature of power', Journal of Political Power, 5 101-117 (2012) [C1]
2012Villadsen K, Dean MM, 'State-phobia, civil society, and a certain vitalism', Constellations, 19 401-420 (2012) [C1]
2011Dean MM, 'On Barry Hindess's Discourses of Power', Alternatives, 36 4-9 (2011) [C1]
2010Dean M, 'What is society? Social thought and the arts of government', BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 61 677-695 (2010) [C1]
2010Dean M, 'Power at the heart of the present: Exception, risk and sovereignty', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES, 13 459-475 (2010) [C1]
2010Dean MM, 'Comment on Paul du Gay and Alan Scott/1. What is the State?', Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology, 2 1-2 (2010) [C3]
2008Dean MM, 'Governing Societies: the story of two monsters', Journal of Cultural Economy, 1 25-38 (2008) [C1]
2006Dean MM, 'A political mythology of world order: Carl Schmitt's nomos', Theory Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, 23 1-21 (2006) [C1]
2003Dean MM, 'Empire and Governmentality', Distinktion, 6 111-122 (2003) [C1]
2002Dean MM, 'Liberal government and authoritarianism', Economy and Society, 31 37-61 (2002) [C1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$1,403,035

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2011 (2 grants)

Technologies of performance, technologies of governance: the bane, benefits, ethics and future of performance measurement in government$500,985
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Discovery GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$500,98520112014
GNo:133199961

Technologies of Performance, Technologies of Governance: The bane, benefits, ethics and future of performance measurement in government$25,050
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Paul Henman, Professor Mitchell Dean
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,05020112014
GNo:G1100226

2003 (1 grants)

Millennium Grant for Centre for Research on Social Inclusion$750,000
Funding Body: Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

SchemeRole
Millennium Grant Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$750,00020032007
GNo:133199985

2002 (1 grants)

E-government: prospects for citizenship, public policy and social theory$110,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Discovery GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$110,00020022004
GNo:133199993

2000 (1 grants)

Reforming the conduct of professional rugby league players$10,500
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,50020002000
GNo:133200001

1997 (1 grants)

Displacement of social policies in advanced liberal democracies$6,500
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,50019971997
GNo:133200009
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.3

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorWorkplace Injuries/Deaths and the Neo-Liberal State: Is 'Regulation' Enough?
20102013PHD Sociology
Macquarie University
Principal SupervisorNew directions in participation and governance: the idea of the youth council in modern liberal democracies
20092013PHD Sociology
Macquarie University
Principal SupervisorQuasi-volunteering: new forms of active citizenship and critical action.
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Professor Mitchell Dean

Work Phone(02) 4985 4382
Email
PositionProfessor of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W330a,
Behavioural Sciences Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/mitchell-dean