Russell McGregor is Adjunct Professor of History in the College of Arts, Society and Education. Before his retirement in 2013, he taught modern world history, Australian history and historiographic theory at James Cook University.
His most recent book is Idling in Green Places: A Life of Alec Chisholm, which tells the story of a pioneer conservationist who once ranked among Australia's most popular nature writers. Earlier publications include the award-winning books Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation (winner of the 2012 NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History; shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History) and Imagined Destinies: Aboriginal Australians and the Doomed Race Theory (winner of the 1998 WK Hancock Prize for History). Another book is an environmental history of the Australian tropics, Environment, Race and Nationhood in Australia: Revisiting the Empty North. Russell is also co-author of a history of a north Queensland Aboriginal group, Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons. As well as these books, he has published numerous articles and chapters, mainly on the history of racial ideas, Aboriginal policy, Australian nationalism, northern Australia and environmental history.
His current research is in two main areas: the environmental history of northern Australia and the history of popular natural history in Australia.