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Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong

I grew up in Mudgee, in central west New South Wales, and after graduating from the University of Western Australia (BA) and the University of Queensland (MA & PhD), taught at the universities of Southern Queensland, Queensland and Wollongong. In between my MA and PhD I taught English in the city of Fukushima in northern Japan. My research interest is mainly in Australian literature, and for nearly fifteen years I edited the academic journal "Australian Literary Studies".

My major publications are a book titled "The Enchantment of English" (published by Sydney University Press in 2012), on the history of teaching literatures in English in Australian Universities, and "Responses to Self Harm: An Historical Analysis of Medical, Religious, Military and Psychological Perspectives" (McFarland, 2015) which is a history of the representation of self harm. My other essays and book chapters deal with postcolonial literatures and higher education.


  • 2016–present
    Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong
  • 2013–2016
    Professor of English, University of Wollongong
  • 2009–2013
    Head of the School of English Literatures and Philosophy, University of Wollongong
  • 2004–2009
    Senior Lecturer in English, University of Queensland
  • 2001–2003
    Director, Contemporary Studies Program, University of Queensland Ipswich Campus


  • 1993 
    University of Queensland, PhD
  • 1989 
    University of Queensland, Master of Arts
  • 1985 
    University of Western Australia, BA Hons I

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)