Vanessa de Kauwe

PhD Researcher



BA (Monash), Hons in Philosophy (ANU), Cert IV Disability Services (CIT)


Vanessa de Kauwe has more than two decades' experience in the disability and education sectors, and an honours degree in philosophy specialising in classical and postmodern philosophy. She has also completed studies in world theologies, pastoral care and ancient languages.

Her honours thesis examined questions of ethics and personal fragmentation regarding the American torturers at Abu Ghraib. She has published on postcolonialism and third world issues and allegorical portrayals of the marginalised in science fiction.

Her PhD project is designed to academically frame, and rigorously evaluate, science-based programs for people with intellectual disabilities which she has run informally in professional contexts over the past decade.

In 2016 she was the co-recipient of an ANU Gender Institute grant in her capacity as postgraduate organiser and representative for the Gender, Science and Wonder workshop, held 11-12 February 2016, ANU.


Current supervisor



de Kauwe, V. (2016). Return of the Archons: Children of the Revolution. In R. Smith? (ed.) Outside In: Star Trek TOS. Maryland: ATB Publishing.

de Kauwe, V. (2016). Aristotle's Monster: How the Aristotelian view of women and disabilities still haunts us. Presented at the Gender, Science and Wonder workshop, 11-12 February 2016, Australian National University.

de Kauwe, V. (2013). Through coloured eyes: An alternative viewing of postcolonial transition. In L. Orthia (ed.), Doctor Who and Race, Bristol: Intellect, pp. 141-157.

Media coverage

ANU Colleges of Science. (2016). Scientists in their natural habitat. Profile of me, representing science communication, in an online gallery for National Science Week.

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