Cordelia Fine (Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies)

Cordelia is currently a Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Cordelia Fine first joined Melbourne Business School in 2011 as an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour. She was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne from 2012 to 2016.

After completing her PhD in Psychology at the University College London, Cordelia held research positions at Monash University, the Australian National University and Macquarie University.

Cordelia’s research explores the implications of gender bias on organisations and opportunities for women and has been published in several journals, covering a wide range of disciplines, such as Science, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Business Ethics and more. Cordelia is also a widely cited author, with her book Delusions of Gender receiving book-of-the-year accolades from The Guardian and London Evening Standard and shortlisting for several literature prizes in Australia and the United Kingdom.

In addition to her research, Cordelia teaches Ethical Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility on the Executive and Senior Executive MBA programs and has extensive media experience with Australian and international publications, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Huffington Post, ABC, The Australian, The Age and other news outlets.


Testosterone Rex: Myths of sex, science, and society, Fine, C, 2017, Norton, New York.

Delusions of gender: How our minds, society, and neurosexism create difference, Fine, C, 2010, Norton, New York.

A mind of its own: How your brain distorts and deceives, Fine, C, 2005, Norton, New York.



His brain, her brain?’ Fine, C, November 2014, Science, vol. 346, no. 6212, pp. 915–916.

Plasticity, plasticity, plasticity ... and the rigid problem of sex’, Fine C, Jordan-Young, R, Kaiser, A & Rippon, G, November 2013, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 550–551.

Will the real moral judgment please stand up? The implications of social intuitionist models of cognition for meta-ethics and moral psychology’, Kennett, J & Fine, C, 2009, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 77–96.

Cordelia Fine
Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies QUALIFICATIONS PHD, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON; MPHIL, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY; BA (HONS) OXFORD UNIVERSITY AREAS OF EXPERTISE Moral psychology, gender, judgement biases TOPICS Gender equality, gendered toys, judgement biases, business ethics INDUSTRIES Higher education, retail GEOGRAPHIES Australia Contact: