Professor Marcia Langton is a leading academic and Indigenous spokesperson who has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne since February 2000. An anthropologist and human geographer, Langton has made a significant contribution to Indigenous studies as a discipline and to government and non-government policy and administration throughout her career.
Born in Brisbane, Queensland and raised in a number of outback towns 'along the road to Cunnumulla' (Marcia Langton Blog) Langton was schooled in Brisbane and attended her first year at the University of Queensland before travelling overseas. She returned to Australia in 1975 and combined tertiary education with paid work, advocacy and activism, including in Aboriginal organisations such as the Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney, the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Canberra, the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and the Cape York Land Council in north Queensland. She also worked for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the Queensland Government.
Professor Langton's work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights was recognised in 1993 when she was made a member of the Order of Australia. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2001 and was awarded the inaugural Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Teacher of the Year in 2002.
In 2016 Professor Langton is honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. In further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics Professor Marcia Langton AM has in 2017 been appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.