Russell McGregor is an Adjunct Professor of History in the College of Arts, Society and Education. Before his retirement in 2014, he taught modern world history, Australian history and historiographic theory at James Cook University.

His most recent book, Idling in Green Places: A Life of Alec Chisholm, tells the story of a pioneer conservationist who once ranked among Australia's most popular nature writers. It was shortlisted for the 2020 National Biography Awards. 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, Environment, Race and Nationhood in Australia: Revisiting the Empty North, explores the environmental history of the Australian tropics. 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, he has published numerous articles and chapters, mainly on environmental history and the histories of racial ideas, Aboriginal policy, Australian nationalism and northern Australia.

His current major research project is on the history of birdwatching in Australia.

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  • 2020 - Shortlisted for the National Biography Award
  • 2012 - NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History
  • 2012 - Shortlisted for Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History
  • 1998 - W.K Hancock Prize, Australian Historical Association
  • Research Fellow, Cairns Institute
  • 1997 - Australian Studies Fellow, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
  • 2021 - National Library of Australia Fellowship
  • 2016 to 2017 - David Scott Mitchell Fellow, Mitchell Library, Sydney
  • Australian Historical Association
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 96+ research outputs authored by Prof Russell McGregor from 1993 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.

  • Vera Scarth-Johnson and 'Nature's PowerHouse': Botanising at the Endeavour River (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • An Army of Naturalists: John Gould's Australian Network of Collectors and Correspondents. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Deep North and the Near North: The Relationship Between North Queensland and Japan, 1894-1991 (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Developing the Queensland Tropics: The Ideas and Politics of Northern Development 1901-2014 (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Management of South East Queensland Forestry: On the Boundary between Economy and Ecology (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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