Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, and Convener of the Deakin Science and Society Network. She is a cultural anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health. Her research focuses on the cultural and ethical implications of genomics in Indigenous settings. She was convener of the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society network and is on the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science of the Australian Academy of Science. She received the 2014 Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research and a 2015 Thomson Reuters Women in Research Citation Award.