Associate Professor Media, Writing and Journalism, University of Notre Dame Australia

Camilla Nelson is head of Media, Writing and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She is the author of a wide range of scholarly and journalistic works, and two novels. 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 books are the co-edited essay collections On Happiness (2015) and Dangerous Ideas About Mothers (forthcoming 2018).


  • 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