Dean Ashenden has worked as an academic, a political adviser/consultant to many national and State agencies and organisations, and in journalism. He is the author/co-author of books, monographs, reports and articles published in academic, professional and mass media including Time (Australia), the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, the Financial Review, The Independent Monthly, and Australian Society. He was presenter of ABC Radio Nationalís Education Issues, and with Sandra Milligan was founder of The Good Universities Guides. In recent years he has written on education and other issues in The Weekend Australian, Meanjin, History Australia, Crikey, Inside Story, and Eureka Street. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.