Cordelia Fine and Brennan McDavid join the Centre for Ethical Leadership faculty

The Centre for Ethical Leadership is delighted to announce Professor Cordelia Fine and Dr Brennan McDavid have joined the faculty.

Professor Cordelia Fine

Award-winning author and academic, Cordelia Fine, brings a wealth of knowledge in ethical principles and practice. In addition to her work with the Centre for Ethical Leadership, Cordelia is a Professor in the School of Historical & Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her previous teaching positions include:

  • • Melbourne Business School
  • • The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
  • • The School of Philosophy & Bioethics at Monash University
  • • The Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics at ANU
  • • The Centre for Agency, Values & Ethics at Macquarie University

Cordelia is the author of four books, including a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year pick, an Amazon Best Book of the month and Nature best science book of the week. Most recently, Cordelia won the 30th anniversary Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize for Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds. Cordelia also writes regularly for the popular media, with pieces in outlets such as the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian and Wall Street Journal.


​Dr Brennan McDavid

Dr Brennan McDavid is the Seymour Reader at Ormond College. She holds a Ph.D. (philosophy) from Princeton University. Her primary responsibility is to contribute to Ormond's rich learning environment and inspire an appreciation for Ancient Greek ideas. She also teaches philosophy and Latin in the University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. 
Brennan’s ongoing research is on Aristotle's Ethical Epistemology. Her primary project is an extension of her dissertation work and concerns Aristotle theory of knowledge, particularly the boundary between ethical knowledge and scientific knowledge. She is also working on the question of whether or not moral experts, in Aristotle's epistemology, are rationally permitted to disagree.