Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, University of Western Australia

Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her books include The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights (NewSouth, 2012), which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ USQ History Book Award. Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire was published in paperback by Bloomsbury in 2017. Most recently she has co-edited (with Lyndall Ryan) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (NewSouth, 2018), and edited Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing, 2018) which examines the cultural impact of the framework of human rights through visual culture:


  • –present
    Chair professor, University of Western Australia


  • 2001 
    Australian National University, PhD History/Anthropology