Catherine Mills

Associate Professor
Monash Bioethics Centre
School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies


Catherine Mills is an Associate Professor in the Monash Bioethics Centre and current recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.  Her disciplinary background is philosophy, and her research addresses ethical issues in human reproduction, especially from the perspective of feminist moral theory. She also has expertise in aspects of Continental philosophy, particularly the work of Michel Foucault, and debates on biopolitics. 

She joined the Centre at the beginning of 2012. Prior to this, she was Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at University of Sydney (2008-2012), and Lecturer in Philosophy at University of New South Wales (2004-2008).

Current funded projects include an ARC Future Fellowship, which supports full-time research from 2013 to 2018,  on ideas of responsibility in relation to human reproduction. An ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019) supports research on the ethical and legal issues raised by technologies that permit inheritable genetic modifications to the human genome, such as mitochondrial replacement therapy and CRISPR-Cas9. 

She is the author of three single author books, as well as numerous articles. Her books are: The Philosophy of Agamben (2008), Futures of Reproduction: Bioethics and biopolitics (2011) and Biopolitics (forthcoming, 2017). Details (and some copies) of her articles, book chapters and other publications may be found here. Some draft versions are also available via her profile

She is the founding co-ordinator of the Reproduction Research Network, and a member of the Health and Biofutures Focus Program at Monash University.