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Biography

 In 2017, Professor Andrew Markus assumed the role of Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation.  Under Professor Markus’ expert leadership the Centre continues to provide exemplary teaching, research and community outreach, with a clear and focussed plan for growth in the future.

Professor Markus is a leader in his field, and currently focuses on three major projects of local and national significance:

  • the Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion project
  • the Jewish population study: Gen17
  • the history of Yiddish Melbourne and the Melbourne Jewish community

In an Australian first, Professor Markus is tracking changes in Australian attitudes towards immigrants and asylum seekers through a series of national surveys. These surveys were conducted for the Scanlon Foundation through the Monash University Institute for the Study of Global Movements. The results show "nuanced" views, rather than a one-dimensional response to immigration. They are also providing the basis for evidence-based discussion of an issue that has emerged as a major political issue.

Professor Markus also conducted the Gen17 Jewish community survey between February – April 2017, in conjunction with JCA, which was an outstanding success. Completed by over 4,100 people in Melbourne and over 8,600 Australia wide, it is the largest survey of its kind in the Diaspora. Data analysis was conducted in the second half of 2017 with the first report to be released in 2018.

In addition to his work with the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements and JCA, Professor Markus is leading a project documenting the history of Yiddish Melbourne. It examines in-depth Jewish immigrants who came to Melbourne before and after the Holocaust.   This project looks at the world the Yiddish-speaking immigrants sought to recreate in Melbourne and to what extent their values were transmitted to their children and grandchildren. While there has been significant language loss, the research indicates the strong transmission of cultural values through the generations.  The Yiddish Melbourne website is a major outcome of the research, which was funded through an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant. The website provides an important community resource. A book documenting the complex, colourful history of Melbourne’s Yiddish community,  A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne, co-authored by Professor Markus and Dr Margaret Taft, will be published by Monash Publishing in August 2018. 

Professor Markus also led an ARC Linkage Project that looked at the contemporary Jewish community in unprecedented depth. More than 6,000 respondents completed a questionnaire, which has provided a detailed picture of modern Jewish life.  The findings provide a rich resource for policymakers and people serving the Jewish community. The data allow for accurate projections to enable adequate service provision in areas such as education and aged care. It will also help address the challenges of the modern world, such as how the communication revolution will affect Jewish life.

Professor Markus has recently published several significant research outputs, which have had demonstrable impact on local and national communities and policies. These included the 2016 and 2017 Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion reports, which continue to generate considerable interest and discussion amongst politicians and community leaders, those who shape policy and the future direction of the nation. The reports receive widespread media coverage. In addition to these annual reports, Professor Markus authored the landmark research study ‘Australians at 2015’. This study received extensive press coverage, detailed in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The New Daily, and 9News. David Marr of the Guardian referred to Professor Markus as a ‘leading expert on the impact of race in Australia’, whose extensive report warned against ‘ugly [racial] discrimination on the rise’.   Other publications include ‘Australia’s Immigrants: Identity and Citizenship’ in Jatinder Mann (ed) Citizenship in Transnational Perspective, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Professor Markus has served on a number of panels, delivered numerous public presentations and keynote addresses. These included The Research Institute on Social Cohesion, Research Showcase 2017 for the Victorian State Government, Premier and Cabinet; The Inclusive Brisbane Board; The Judicial College of Victoria, County Court Conference; Australian Government Department of Social Services; Monash University’s Alumni Speakers Series; Parliament of Australia Senate Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism; Settlement Service International, Cultural Shift from Settlement to Belonging; The University of Western Australia’s Migration, Mobilities and Belonging Research Network; Deakin University’s inaugural conference ‘Cultural Diversity and News in Australia’; the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘National Forum on Racial Tolerance and Community Harmony 2017’; Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s annual conference; Victoria University’s Colloquium ‘Far-Right Narratives, Movements and Networks’.   

Professor Markus also continues to serve on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Advisory Committee on the General Social Survey and the Expert Reference Group (ERG) for the Victorian Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC). He was invited to present evidence to the Senate Select Committee immigration inquiry. 

Keywords

  • Social Cohesion in Australia
  • Race Relations in Australia
  • The Australian Jewish Community
  • Various Aspects of Australian History
  • Contemporary Australia

Projects 2004 2018

Research Output 1997 2016

Contemporary Australian attitudes to immigration

Markus, A. B. 2016 Creating Social Cohesion in an Interdependent World: Experiences of Australia and Japan. Healy, E., Arunachalam, D. & Mizukami, T. (eds.). 1 ed. Hampshire UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 81 - 93 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Postwar immigration and assimilation: A reconceptualisation

Markus, A. B. & Taft, M. S. 2015 In : Australian Historical Studies. 46, 2, p. 234 - 251 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Attitudes to immigration and cultural diversity in Australia

Markus, A. 2014 In : Journal of Sociology. 50, 1, p. 10 - 22 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mapping Social Cohesion: The Scanlon Foundation Surveys National Report 2013

Markus, A. B. 2013 Melbourne VIC Australia: Scanlon Foundation. 54 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

What do we look like?

Markus, A. B. 2013 The Story of the 2013 Election: Insight and analysis from Australia's leading minds. Conversation, T. & Sykes, H. (eds.). Australia: Future Leaders, p. 15 - 20 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other