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Professor emeritus, The University of Queensland

David Carter is Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland where he was previously Director of the university's Australian Studies Centre and Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History. His main fields of research are Australian literary and publishing history, periodical studies, studies in modernity, and middlebrow studies. His most recent books include Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace, 1840s-1940s (with Roger Osborne, Sydney University Press 2018) and Always Almost Modern: Australian Print Culture and Modernity (ASP, 2013). His is co-editor and author of Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Cutlure, Inequalities and Social Divisions (Routledge, 2020). David has also been active in Australian Studies internationally. He was Manager of the Australian Studies in China program (DFAT) 2002-2016, a board memeber with the Australia-Japan Foundation 1998-2004, and has twice held the position of Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Tokyo University.


  • 2006–2018
    Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History, University of Queensland
  • 2016–2017
    Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Tokyo University
  • 2007–2008
    Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Tokyo University
  • 2001–2006
    Director Australian Studies Centre, University of Queensland
  • 1987–2000
    Associate professor, Griffith University


  • 1993 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 1983 
    University of Melbourne, MA
  • 1976 
    University of Melbourne, Dip Ed
  • 1975 
    University of Melbourne, BA (Hons)


Fellow of Academy of the Humanities Australia (FAHA)