Associate Professor MacNeill is Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne. She continues to teach in the Master of Arts and Cultural Management program, in the School of Culture and Communication.
With a background in law and economics she had extensive experience in policy work in the government and non-government sector prior to returning to study, obtaining a PhD in Art History (Identity and contemporary Australian art). Her research interests include the intersection between law and artistic practice (in particular cultures of intellectual property and censorship), leadership in the arts and cultural sector, and ethics and creative practices.
She was a co-researcher on the project: iDARE - Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research, funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (Australian Government) .