Dip App Sc QIT, BA (Hons), PhD Qld
Head of School
Professor, School of Humanities
Chris’s doctoral research investigated the relationship between scientific, medical and literary representations of mental illness in the nineteenth century. Since then he has published widely on postcolonial and Australian literary culture developing a special interest in the social and cultural purchase of Australian mythologies. His areas of research focus include: Public Memory, Representations of War, Victorian, Australian and Postcolonial literatures, Cultural Mythologies, the History of Criticism and the History of the Book.
Chris has twenty-six years experience tertiary teaching experience spread across five universities. This experience includes extensive course and program development through undergraduate, honours, masters and doctoral levels and in external, hybrid and on campus modes. He is the recipient of teaching awards at the Faculty and University level and he has a strong record of policy and planning development in relation to postgraduate training and staff development at ECR and mid-career level. A former national President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and a founding editor of its internationally refereed journal JASAL, he served as a Centre Director from 2005-2010 and as the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts from 2006-2013 before becoming the inaugural Chair of the CRN funded University's Research Leadership Development Program in 2012.
Chris is the author of City Bushman: Henry Lawson and the Australian Imagination (CUB 2004), editor of Turning the Century: Writing of the 1890s (UQP 1999, 2010, 2012), co-editor of Trauma and Public Memory (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), The Frank Hurley Diaries 1912-1942 (Anthem 2012), Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment (VP 2003), Authority and Influence: Australian Literary Criticism 1950-2000 (UQP 2001) and Australian Literature and the Public Sphere (ASAL 1998).Chris is a member of the editorial advisory board of JASAL (Canberra) and Antipodes (New York) and an Australian editor for the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English (rev. 2nd ed. London).