Richard Nile joined JCU in 2016. He is the Head of Humanities and Creative Arts, and Professor of Australian History.

Former roles include:

  • Professor and Director Humanities Research Institute Murdoch University
  • Professor and Director Australia Research Institute Curtin University
  • Director Australian Studies Centre University of Queensland
  • Deputy Director Menzies Centre University of London
  • University Fellow and Lecturer University of Western Australia.


Book publications include: 

  • The Making of the Australian Literary Imagination
  • Cultural Atlas of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
  • Australian Civlisation
  • The Australian Legend and its Discontents
  • Becoming Australia
  • The Gate of Dreams

Other publications include two scholarly editions, a text book for school-age readers, a commissioned history, and around 100 edited scholarly volumes.

Richard has published  around 50 peer review articles, including chapters in each of the Cambridge, Oxford and Penguin Literary Histories of Australia, and the History of the Book in Australia, and a similar number of occasional and other pieces.

Recent peer-reviewed publications (since 2015) in the process of being uploaded:

‘Writing the Silence: Grieving Mothers and the Literature of War’ (2017), Sanjukta and Devaleena Das eds Claiming Spaces: Australian Women’s Writing Palgrave Macmillan, with Ffion Murphy.

 ‘The Many Transformations of Albert Facey’ (2016), M/C Journal of Media and Culture. Vol 19 No 4, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1132, with Ffion Murphy

Flesh in Armour and the Abjection of War’ (2016), Neelima Kanwar ed. Narratives of Estrangement and Belonging: Indo-Australian Perspectives. New Delhi: Author Press.

‘Lost Literatures’ (2016), Michael Kenneally and Wolfgang Zach ed, New Literatures in English: New Frontiers in Research Tubingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2016, 319-329

 ‘Generational Renewal: New Paradigms for Australian Studies in Australia and India’ (2016), Swati Pal and Santosh Sareen eds Indo-Australian Relations. New Delhi: Pinnacle Learning, New Delhi, 1-19

 ‘The Naked Anzac: Exposure and Concealment in AB Facey’s A Fortunate Life’ (2016), Southerly 75 (3), with Ffion Murphy.

 ‘Wounded Storyteller: Revisiting AB Facey’s Fortunate Life’ (2015), Westerly, 60 (2) 87-100, with Ffion Murphy.

‘Moments’ (2015), Deborah Gare and Jenny Gregory (eds), 'Tom Stannage: History from the Other Side', Studies in Western Australian History, vol 29, 27-41.

Richard graduated with first class honours in Australian history from UWA and took out his PhD from UNSW.

  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; TSV)
  • EL2006: Banned Books: Censorship and the Regulation of Culture in Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI1302: Modern World History (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI2007: Crime and Punishment in Australia (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • HI2008: Australians in War and Peace: from frontiers to foreign fields (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI2021: Modern Australian History (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • NM2230: Photography Criticism (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Editor: Journal of Australian Studies (1996-2008) Editor: Australian Cultural History (2007-2013) Editorial Board: Round Table Editorial Board: English and American Studies Editorial Board: Journal of European Australian Studies Editorial Board: Journal of Indian Australian Studies Editorial Board: Antipodes Editorial Board: Ariel: Journal of Post Colonial Literature Editorial Board: New Literatures in English
  • Australian Cultural History; Australian Literary Studies; History of the Novel; Authorship and Publication; Cultural Responses to War and Peace; Memoir, Biography and Life Writing. Digital Humanities
  • Australian History; History of Australian Literature; History and Heritage; Myth, Legends and Story.
Research Disciplines
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  • 2014 to 2018 - Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
  • 2012 - Australia-India Council Visiting Professor, Himachal Pradesh University
  • 2007 - Distinguished Visiting Professor, Copenhagen University
  • 1990 to 1992 - Visiting Fellow and Foundation Director Australian Studies, Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) and University of Debrecen
  • 1988 to 1989 - University Fellow, University of Western Australia

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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Book Chapters
Conference Papers
  • Nile R (2015) Lost literatures. Studies in English and Comparative Literature. In: CISLE 2013: Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English Conference, July 2013, Innsbruck, Austria

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Prof Richard Nile from 1992 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • North Queensland’s Chinese Family Landscape : 1860-1920. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • The Beautiful and Damned: Searching for the Flapper in Australian Print Culture 1920's - 1930's (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • "The Faerie Queene": Moral Purposes, Creative Accidents (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Topographical Texts: Connections Between Landscape, Movement, Materiality and Text in the Fiction of Patrick White, Gerald Murnane and Murray Bail (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Poised to change: Examining Textual and Linguistic Changeability in Contemporary Fiction using a Complexity Framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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