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Kidman Chair in Australian Studies and Director, JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide

Professor Anne Pender holds the Kidman Chair in Australian Studies and is Director of the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.

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)


  • 2019–present
    Kidman Chair in Australian Studies, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–2019
    Professor, University of New England
  • 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