Professor Vanessa Lemm


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Research Biography

Professor Vanessa Lemm is the Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Her prior roles include Head of the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Institute of Humanities at the Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. She is an internationally recognised expert on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and has published widely on Nietzsche, biopolitics, and contemporary political philosophy. Her book Homo Natura: Nietzsche, Philosophical Anthropology and Biopolitics is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in March 2020. She is the author of Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy: Culture, Politics and the Animality of the Human Being (Fordham University Press, 2009), Nietzsche y el pensamiento politico contemporáneo (Fondo de cultura económica, 2013) and editor of five books on Nietzsche, Foucault and Hegel. She is the editor of the flagship journal, Nietzsche-Studien (De Gruyter) and co-founder of, an international research network on biopolitics. She has had academic appointments in Chile, Germany and the USA. She is fluent in five languages and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Her work has been translated into six languages.

Research Interests

Friedrich Nietzsche, Political Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology, Ancient Cynicism, Theories of Community and Justice, Critical Theory, Poststructuralism, Contemporary French and Italian Philosophy, Biopolitics, Environmental Philosophy, Naturalism and Posthumanism.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, New School for Social Research


Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Postgraduate Certificate, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne


Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Master, King's College London


Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Bachelor, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne


Graduate Certificate, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne



  • B Philosophy (General)
  • BJ Ethics
  • JC Political theory


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