Margaret Harris is Challis Professor of English Literature Emerita of The University of Sydney, and literary executor for Christina Stead. She was Director of the University’s Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (1999-2004), and is currently Acting Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, a role she previously held in 2000 to 2002. She has served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts and on the Excellence of Research for Australia exercise, as well as on research assessment exercises in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Her principal area of research is nineteenth and twentieth-century English and Australian fiction, especially the work of George Eliot and George Meredith. Her publications include The Journals of George Eliot (with Judith Johnston, 1998, repr. 1999; paperback 2000), The Magic Phrase: Critical Essays on Christina Stead (2000), Dearest Munx: The Letters of Christina Stead and William J. Blake (2005), and George Eliot in Context (2013).