Our people

Evelyn Araluen Corr

Evelyn Araluen Corr

Evelyn Araluen Corr is a poet, activist, and PhD candidate teaching and researching Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney, Eora country. Born and raised on Dharug country with Bundjalung ancestry, her poetry and criticism can be found in Southerly, Overland, and The Best Australian Poems of 2016.


Bernadette Brennan

Bernadette Brennan

Bernadette Brennan is an academic and researcher in contemporary Australian writing. She is particularly interested in the relationship between literature and ethics. Bernadette is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics. Her most recent publication is A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work.


Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann

In 2013 Ali Cobby Eckermann won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, now published in America and Russia. The inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship, Ali attended the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 2014. Inside My Mother, her latest collection of poetry, was published in 2015 by Giramondo.


Nick Enfield

Nick Enfield

Nick Enfield is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Social Science and Humanities Advanced Research Centre. He is head of a Research Excellence Initiative on The Crisis of Post-Truth Discourse. His research on language, culture, cognition and social life is based on long term field work in mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos. His recent books include Natural Causes of Language (2014), The Utility of Meaning (2015), Distributed Agency (2016), and How We Talk (2017).


Luke Fischer

Luke Fischer

Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and scholar. He is the author of four books, including the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision (UWAP Poetry, 2017) and Paths of Flight (Black Pepper, 2013), and the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems (Bloomsbury, 2015). He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the philosophical dimensions of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus (Oxford University Press). He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.


Melissa Hardie

Melissa Hardie

Melissa Hardie is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. She is currently finishing a book on the closet and queer theory, with chapters on celebrity memoir, the starlet (Lindsay Lohan), noir television, soap opera, and fan culture, and new queer cinema. She has recently published articles on the films Dog Day Afternoon and Rich and Famous and is currently working on the closet, melodrama, television, queer objects and lifeworlds.


Rebecca Johinke

Rebecca Johinke

Rebecca Johinke is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. Her interests include writing and rhetoric (creative nonfiction, print and digital magazines), Australian film and popular culture (including popular music), and street narratives (from masculine car cultures to street cultures more generally), and she has a specific interest in walking narratives. She also conducts research about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (assessment and feedback, student support, and the first year experience).


Chin Jou

Chin Jou

Chin Jou is a lecturer in American history at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help. She is currently researching prison food in the United States.


Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures with a media career spanning more than 30 years. He has authored 40 books to date and if one was fortunate enough to have read all of them, one would have a tremendous general background knowledge in all aspects of modern science. His latest book for adults is The Doctor and for children is Dr Karl’s Big Book of Amazing Animals. His accolades range from the Ig Nobel Prize from Harvard University for his groundbreaking research into belly button fluff and why it is almost always blue, to being one of the first Australian Apple Masters, of which there are only 100 worldwide. A lifetime student, Karl has earned degrees in physics and maths, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery. He now serves as the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, where his ‘mission’ is to spread the good word about science and its benefits. His enthusiasm for science is totally infectious and no one is better able to convey the excitement and wonder of it all than Dr. Karl.


Tess Lea

Tess Lea

Tess Lea is Chair of the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is an anthropologist who specialises in the ethnography of settler colonial organisations and policy. Her work spans human-other relations, Indigenous social policy and the anthropology of infrastructure.


Peter Marks

Peter Marks

Peter Marks is Professor of English Literature and Chair of the Department of English Literature at the University of Sydney. He is the author of British Filmmakers: Terry Gilliam, George Orwell: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, and Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film. He has just completed British Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings, which will be published later this year.


Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. A professor of history at the University of Sydney, his books have won several national awards while his essays and commentary appear regularly in The Monthly, Australian Book Review and The Australian. His most recent book is From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories.


Peter Minter

Peter Minter

Peter Minter is a poet, poetry editor and writer on poetry and poetics. His many books include the award-winning Empty Texas and blue grass, and his poetry has been widely published and translated internationally, most recently In the Serious Light of Nothing (Chinese University Press Hong Kong, 2013). He was a founding editor of Cordite, co-edited the pioneering anthologies Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets and the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, and has been the poetry editor for leading Australian journals Meanjin and Overland. He teaches Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing and Australian Literature at the University of Sydney.


Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, investigating experiments and experimentation in the Romantic period, 1770-1830. She is the author of Jane Austen the Reader (2013) and the co-editor of Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives (2013).


Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis is a Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is author of Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (2017) and co-editor of Thinking with Water (2013), both of which seek to diagnose and reimagine our human relationship to water. Astrida is also Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities, co-convenor of the Composting: Feminisms and the Environmental Humanities research group and key researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute.


Aaron Nyerges

Aaron Nyerges

Aaron Nyerges is a lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. His articles have been published in Textual Practice, Sydney Studies in English, and Sound Studies. He is currently writing a book on American modernism, mass media, and the production of geographic knowledge.


Elspeth Probyn

Elspeth Probyn

Elspeth Probyn is a Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Elspeth is the author of several ground-breaking books including Sexing the Self; Outside Belongings; Carnal Appetites; and Blush: Faces of Shame. Her recent book, Eating the Ocean, was hailed in The Times HE as "one of the most profound works I have read on the sea, and the issues with which it presents us, in the 21st century.”


Chris Rodley

Chris Rodley

Chris Rodley is a writer who works at the intersection of literature and technology. His project @MagicRealismBot, made with his sister Ali, began life on Twitter in 2015 has since been presented live in London, New York and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Previous projects include a play, novella and chatbot generated in real time from social media, both made with artist Andrew Burrell. Chris is currently completing his PhD at the University of Sydney on computational creativity and is also a regular contributor at BuzzFeed.


Nicholas Rowley

Nick Rowley

Nick Rowley worked as an advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2004 to 2006. He was responsible for policy on sustainability and the environment working across Whitehall and in partnership with experts and practitioners from academia, business and non-government organisations. Nick lectures at the University of Sydney teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on the relationships between power, politics and effective policy. He also works as an independent consultant to a mix of business and NGO clients in Australia and overseas.


Juanita Feros Ruys

Juanita Feros Ruys

Dr Juanita Feros Ruys is Director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800. She specializes in the field of Medieval Latin texts. Her research interests include medieval and early modern didactic literature, the epistemology of experience in the Middle Ages, medieval understandings of suicide, empathy in the Middle Ages, and medieval demonology. She is the author of The Repentant Abelard (Palgrave 2014) and is currently working on two monographs on medieval demonology.


Luigi Tomba

Luigi Tomba

Luigi Tomba is the director of University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre. He is a political scientist whose work covers many aspects of China’s political and social change, with a particular interest in the consequences of China’s urbanisation on its society and governance. His latest book on urban neighbourhood life and politics The Government Next Door: Neighbourhood Politics in Urban China was honoured by the American Association for Asian studies with the 2016 Joseph Levenson prize.


Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and Indie Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. Her latest book is a collection of interviews about the creative process, The Writer's Room.


Beth Yahp

Beth Yahp

Beth Yahp is an award-winning author, editor and creative-writing teacher of adults and children. Her novel The Crocodile Fury has been translated into several languages and her libretto Moon Spirit Feasting, for composer Liza Lim, won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003. Beth has worked as an editor and taught creative writing in universities for many years. She was the presenter of Elsewhere, a program for travellers on ABC Radio National (2010-11). Her latest book is her memoir, Eat First, Talk Later.