A professor in the History and Philosophy of Science program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University Melbourne, Cordelia is also an internationally acclaimed writer. Together, her three books have established her “reputation for exemplary clarity on complex topics, pleasing wit, feminist principle – and beneath it all, the animating faith that people can be improved through knowledge,” as The Guardian (UK) put it.
Her second book, Delusions of Gender, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the biannual cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013, and was a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and listed in “10 books by women that will change your life” (Sunday Times), “22 books women think men should read” (Huffington Post), “Top 10 books on women in the past 30 years” (The Australian) and “40 new feminist classics” (Literary Classics).
Cordelia's latest book is Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds, “a witty corrective” (Nature) and "funny, spiky" (New York Times).
Cordelia has also written for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Guardian.
Cordelia will be opening the conference with a keynote on Saturday.