Ian Higgins received his BA (with first class Honours in English) and MA from the University of Queensland and his PhD from the University of Warwick in England. He taught at La Trobe University in Melbourne before joining the Australian National University. He has lectured in Britain, Ireland, Europe, and the USA. He works in the field of British and Irish literary studies, and has a particular research interest in the period from the Revolution of 1688 to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. He teaches courses at the ANU on British and Irish literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.