Associate Professor of Writing, University of Notre Dame Australia

Camilla Nelson is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and specialises in fiction and non fiction writing, adaptation and history in popular culture. Previously she was a lecturer in the Creative Practices Group at UTS. In addition to a range of scholarly and other essays, she is also a novelist. Her work includes, Perverse Acts, for which she was named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year, and Crooked, which was shortlisted in the 2009 Ned Kelly Awards. She is also a former journalist, and has a Walkley Award Best All Media Online News (2001) for her work at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Camilla's work has been recognised through the award of grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian Film Commission. She has served as a judge of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2008 and 2012), the Kathleen Mitchell Award (2008 to 2014), the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists (2015), and on the governing board of the NSW Writers' Centre (2008-2011).

Her most recent book is a co-edited collection of essays On Happiness, UWA Press, 2015.


  • 2011–present
    Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • 2008–2010
    Lecturer in Writing and Cultural Studies, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2007 
    University of Technology, Sydney, Doctor of Creative Arts