Professional Background: Richard Nile is Professor and Coordinator of History at JCU. He served as Head of Humanities and Creative Arts between 2016 and 2020. Richard's former roles have included Professor Australian Studies and Director Humanities Research Institute Murdoch University, Professor Australian Studies and Director Australia Research Institute Curtin University, Director Australian Studies Centre University of Queensland, and Deputy and Interim Head Menzies Centre University of London, during which time he was also Inaugural Director of Australian Studies at Eotvos Lorand University Budapest and the University of Debrecen. He began his academic career as a Lecturer at the Universities of New South Wales and Western Australia, and at other times has been Distinguished Visiting Professor Copenhagen University, Australia-India Council Visiting Professor Himachal Pradesh University, Visiting Fellow Eotvos Lorand University, Visiting Fellow University of Debrecen, University Fellow and Senior Honorary Research Fellow University of Western Australia, Fellow Royal Society for the Arts, and Research Fellow Cairns Institute. The author and co-author of books across more than thirty international editions and translations, Richard has published close to 100 edited scholarly volumes, 50+ scholarly articles and chapters, and 50+ essays and occasional pieces. A committed educator, Richard teaches across Australian and world history and cultural and literary studies at James Cook University. 

Teaching Background: Richard has taught undergraduate and postgraduate classes in various part of the world, including Australia, Britain, Denmark, India, Italy, Hungary, Japan, and Sweden. He began his career at the University of New South Wales teaching Modern Australia, Colonial Australia, The Irish in Australia, and Popular Culture. At the University of Western Australia, Richard took on the coordination and teaching of Twentieth Century Australia before moving to the University of London where he coordinated and taught Australian History and Australian Literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While at the University of Queensland, Richard convened and taught the undergraduate interdisciplinary Australian Studies Major and MA programs, and was part of the design team that developed Contemporary Studies. He taught History and Politics at Curtin University and convened a postdoctoral masterclass series on Scholarly Writing. At Murdoch, Richard lectured the foundation subject Australia and Asia and convened and taught a postdoctoral subject credentialing Early Career Academics in Higher Degree Research Supervision. Returning to the University of Western Australia, he taught both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects on Australian History, and a postdoctoral program on Scholarly Writing. Richard taught Australian Literature at the University of Copenhagen, while other international roles have included Australian Studies lecture series in Hungary, Japan and Sweden. He designed and co-taught Australian Studies programs at the Eotvos Lorand University Budapest and the University of Debrecen, and was part of a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded project that developed curriculum resources in Indonesia. At JCU, Richard has convened and taught subjects across History, English, and Creative Arts, and masterclass series for Higher Degree Research Students.

Engagement: A former Chair of the Foundation of Australian Literary StudiesPerth International Writers Festival, and Western Australian Writers Centre, Richard has served on the executives of the Queensland Writers CentreBrisbane Writers FestivalWoodford Words and Ideas Forum and Agricultural Hall of Fame (WA). He is a former manager of the Bicentennial Visiting Fellowship and the Northcote Scholarship and Fellowship schemes through the Menzies Trust at the University of London and managed for a number of years the Australia-India Council Visiting Scholar Program. The Founder and Director of the Australian Public Intellectual Network, Richard served as a founding executive member of the International Australian Studies Association and the European Australian Studies Association, and is a former executive member of the Round Table and British Australian Studies Association. Richard was for eleven years the editor of the Journal of Australian Studies. He also edited Australian Cultural History, New Talents 21CLondon Papers in Australian Studies, The Australian Studies Bulletin, and three scholarly book series Australian StudiesAustralian Scholarly Classics and Debut. Richard has convened more than 20 international conferences and presented keynote and plenary addresses at major events in Australia, Britain, Canada, Hungary, India and Italy.




  • EL2006: Banned Books: Censorship and the Regulation of Culture in Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI1001: A Time Traveller's Guide to Australian History: From Dream time to Federation (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI1302: Modern World History (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI2001: The History of Global Connections (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI2007: Crime and Punishment in Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI2008: Australians in War and Peace: from frontiers to foreign fields (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI2021: Modern Australian History (Level 2; TSV)
  • Editor: Journal of Australian Studies (1996-2007) Editor: Australian Cultural History (2007-2011) 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
  • Cultural History; Literary Studies; Medical Humanities History of Emotions; Authorship and Publication; Studies in War and Peace; Memoir, Biography and Life Writing. Digital Humanities
  • History; Literature; Australian Studies Cultural Studies; Criminology; Studies in War and Peace.
  • 2014 to 2017 - Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia (Australia)
  • 2012 - Australia-India Council Visiting Professor, Himachal Pradesh University (India)
  • 2007 - Distinguished Visiting Professor, Copenhagen University (Denmark)
  • 1992 to 1993 - Visiting Fellow, Curtin University (Australia)
  • 1990 to 1992 - Visiting Fellow, Eotvos Lorand University Budapest (Hungary)
  • 1990 to 1992 - Visiting Fellow, University of Debrecen (Hungary)
  • 1989 - University Fellow, University of Western Australia (Australia)
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  • 2014 to 2017 - 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.

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  • 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 40+ 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.

  • Poised to change: Examining Textual and Linguistic Changeability in Contemporary Fiction using a Complexity Framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Palliative Medicine Pioneers: A Window into the History and Development of Palliative Care in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • "The Faerie Queene": Moral Purposes, Creative Accidents (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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