Prof Cordelia Fine

About Prof Fine

A professor in the History & Philosophy of Science program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University Melbourne, Cordelia is also an internationally acclaimed writer. Together, her three books have established her “reputation for exemplary clarity on complex topics, pleasing wit, feminist principle – and beneath it all, the animating faith that people can be improved through knowledge” (Guardian, UK). Her second book, Delusions of Gender, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the biannual cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013, and was a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best non-Fiction Book of the Year, and listed in “10 books by women that will change your life” (Sunday Times), “22 books women think men should read” (Huffington Post), “Top 10 books on women in the past 30 years” (The Australian) and “40 new feminist classics” (Literary Classics). Her latest book, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds, is as “a witty corrective” (Nature) and an Amazon Best Book. She has also written for outlets including The Monthly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and the Guardian. Professor Fine is the recipient of the inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute Australia Fellowship.

The New York Times is the latest publication to give Testosterone Rex an outstanding review:

“Again and again, Fine questions the way we think of biological sex “as a fundamental force in development that creates not just two kinds of reproductive system, but two kinds of people.”