Russell McGregor is Adjunct Professor of History in the College of Arts, Society and Education. Before his retirement in 2013, he taught modern world history, Australian history and historiographic theory at James Cook University.
His research has focussed mainly on the history of settler Australian policies and attitudes toward Indigenous Australians. His publications in this field include the books Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation (winner of the 2012 NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History; shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History) and Imagined Destinies: Aboriginal Australians and the Doomed Race Theory (winner of the 1998 WK Hancock Prize for History). He also publishes on the history of Australian nationalism and environmental history. Weaving these two themes together, his latest book, Environment, Race and Nationhood in Australia: Revisiting the Empty North, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2016.
As well as several smaller projects, he is currently working on three major research projects: One (in conjunction with several colleagues from anthropology and archaeology) is an ARC-funded study of ethnographic collecting in the wet tropics of North Queensland; the second is a history of the Gugu Badhun people of the upper Burdekin region of North Queensland; the third is a biography of the popular natural history writer, conservationist, ornithologist, journalist and encyclopedia editor, Alec Chisholm.