Vanessa Lemm

Flinders University Adelaide

Professor Vanessa Lemm is the Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Her prior rules 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. 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.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2002

D.E.A. in Philosophy, Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1994

M.A. in Philosophy, University of London, King’s College, 1993

Licence in Philosophy, Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1992

D.E.U.G. in Philosophy, Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1991

Honours, awards and grants

Writer in Residence, Birkbeck College School of Law, London, UK, July 2018.

Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, September 2016-present.

Invited International Member of the Grupo de Investigación Complutense: Cuerpo, lenguaje y poder. Lecturas contemporáneas a partir de Nietzsche, Facultad de Filosofía, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, May 2017-present.

UNSW Diversity Champion – Cultural Diversity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2016-2018.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Escuela de Gobierno, Programa de Doctorado en Filosofía, Universidad Adolfo Ibaňez, Santiago, Chile, January 2015-present.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Programa de Doctorado en Artes y Letras, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, January 2015-present.

Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Leiden, Netherlands, November 2011.

DAAD Visiting Professor, Institute for Philosophy, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2010-2011.

Visiting Professor, Dottorato di Filosofia Teoretica e Politica, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Italy, May 2009.

Chilean National Research Foundation, Fondecyt-Regular Grant, Nietzsche and Heidegger on Justice, 2011-13.

Chilean National Research Foundation, Fondecyt-Regular Grant, Nietzsche, Biopolitics and the Future of the Human, 2008-2010.