BiographyI was born and grew up in Sydney’s Eastern beaches and received my first two degrees at Sydney University. After gaining my PhD at the Australian National University i worked as a Research Fellow at ANU, lectured at McAuley Teachers College Brisbane, worked as a researcher for the National Aboriginal Conference and the Parliamentary library and lectured at the University of Papua New Guinea until my appointment at the University of NSW in 1988 where I have worked ever since. In 2001 I won an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology fellowship at UNSW and have maintained an interest in innovative teaching. In 2005 I was appointed Chair Professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong where I taught until 2008. In 2010, having returned to UNSW I won a five year ARC Professorial Fellowship, completed in 2015. My research has focused on Australian Literary Studies and Postcolonial Studies of which I am a founding exponent. My focus on postcolonial studies has emphasized language transformation, and most recently the alliances between postcolonial theory and globalization, transnationalism and utopianism.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Australian Literary Studies
Swimming – I swim a kilometre in the sea at Coogee Beach every morning.
Reading (of course)
Publishing books and articles