Professional Background: Richard Nile is a specialist in Historical and Literary Studies and publishes across three interrelated areas of Medical Humanities, History of Emotions, and Australian Studies. He is an Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow at James Cook University and Senior Honorary Research Fellow (Professor) at the University of Western Australia. A former Professor of HistoryAcademic Head of Humanities and Creative Arts, and Associate Dean of Research at JCU, Richard has worked variously as Professor and Director of the Humanities Research Institute Murdoch University, Professor and Director of the  Australia Research Institute Curtin University, Director of the Australian Studies Centre University of Queensland, and Deputy and Interim Head of the Menzies Centre University of London. Richard began his career as a Lecturer at the Universities of New South Wales and Western Australia. He has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at Copenhagen University, Australia-India Council Visiting Professor at Himachal Pradesh University, Visiting Fellow and Director of Australian Studies at Eotvos Lorand University Budapest and the University of Debrecen, and University Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Richard’s books have been published across more than thirty international editions and translations. He is the author of 50+ articles and chapters and a similar number of essays and occasional pieces, and the editor of 97 scholarly volumes. A committed educator and researcher, Richard teaches Australian and world history and cultural and literary studies. 

Teaching Background: Richard has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various parts of the world, including Australia, Britain, Denmark, India, Italy, Hungary, Japan, and Sweden. He began his career teaching History at The University of New South Wales and The University of Western Australia. At The University of London and The University of Queensland, he taught History and Literature. Richard taught Cultural Studies, History, and Politics at Curtin and Murdoch Universities, and convened postdoctoral masterclass series on Scholarly Writing, Managing an Academic Career, and Higher Degree Research Supervision. 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, Literature, 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.




  • 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; Australian Studies; 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.
  • 2021 to present - Adjunct Research Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2021 to present - Senior Honorary Research Fellow (Professor), University of Western Australia (Australia)
  • 2020 to 2021 - Associate Dean Research, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2016 to 2021 - Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2016 to 2020 - Academic Head Humanities and Creative Arts, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Professor Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia (Australia)
  • 2009 to 2014 - Professor and Research Director, Curtin University (Australia)
  • 2012 - Australia-India Council Visiting Professor, Himachal Pradesh University (India)
  • 2000 to 2009 - Professor and Research Director, Murdoch University (Australia)
  • 2007 - Distinguished Visiting Professor, Copenhagen University (Denmark)
  • 1993 to 2000 - Director Australian Studies Centre, University of Queensland (Australia)
  • 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 to 1992 - Deputy and Interim Head Menzies Centre, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • 1989 - University Fellow, University of Western Australia (Australia)
Research Disciplines
  • 2021 - Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
  • 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 41+ 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: dynamic processes and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon and The.PowerBook by Jeanette Winterson (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Practice-led research in creative writing: exploring the power of nature to alleviate feelings of homesickness through life writing. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Negotiating Truth, Memory and Ethics: Writing Childhood Trauma in a Post-?Misery Memoir? Era (Masters , Advisor Mentor)

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