Dr Melissa Lovell

Ph.D.; B Arts (Hons); B Social Science
Convenor & Research Fellow, Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project
College Arts & Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Citizenship 160602

Research interests

Melissa Lovell is a political scientist with expertise in the fields of Indigenous Affairs governance, social policy, and political ideology. Her research draws on interpretive and qualitative traditions of research to develop better understandings of the ways in which political problems are framed, and the effect of political framing on policymakers’ perceptions of what constitutes appropriate evidence or effective policy options.


Dr Lovell completed her PhD in political science in the School of Politics at ANU in 2012, and has taught courses in political ideas, social policy, political theory and introductory political science at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. She is currently employed as the Convenor of the Freilich Project at the Australian National University, which exists for the study of all kinds of bigotry and the promotion of diversity and inclusion.

Researcher's projects

Politics of Indigenous Childhood in Australia


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