Dr Shireen Morris is a constitutional lawyer and a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School, specialising in constitutional reform. Before that, she worked for many years at Cape York Institute with Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, driving the Institute’s work on Indigenous constitutional recognition and especially the concept of a First Nations constitutional voice, which was the topic of her PhD thesis.
Shireen regularly publishes and commentates in the media. Books include Radical Heart: Three Stories Make Us One (MUP), A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition (Black Inc) and A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution (Hart Publishing UK) will be out this year.
Before becoming a lawyer, Shireen spent her twenties working as an actress and singer. Shireen is now thinking about constitutional reform for a republic and the idea of an extra-constitutional Declaration, the impact of technology on economic inequality and rising divisions in democracy, and policy avenues for full employment.