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Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England. She is the author of Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors, recently published by Monash University Publishing, 2019.

In 2018 Anne held a Fulbright Senior Scholarship at Harvard University. She was Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2012-2016. A Menzies Scholar to Harvard University and graduate of the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, Anne taught Australian literature at King's College London in 2002-03 and was Visiting Distinguished Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2011. Anne's books include Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors (2019), From a Distant Shore (2013) with Bruce Bennett, One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries (2010), Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright (2008) with Susan Lever, and Christina Stead: Satirist (2002).

Anne Pender
BA (Hons) (ANU), GradDip (Macquarie), EdM (Harvard), PhD (UNSW)


  • 2003–2014
    Associate professor, University of New England
  • 2002–2003
    Lecturer, King's College London


  • 1998 
    University of NSW, PhD
  • 1991 
    Harvard University, Master of Education
  • 1986 
    ANU, BA (Hons)


  • 2013
    From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 1830-2012,
  • 2010
    One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries,
  • 2008
    Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright,
  • 2002
    Christina Stead: Satirist,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Players: The Lives and Work of the Actors Who Created the National Theatre of Australia 1950-present
    Future Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council