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Photo of Professor Vivien Johnson in the National Library Special Collections Reading Room
NLA Fellow Professor Vivien Johnson, February 2022.  Photo credit: Adam McGrath.

2024 Fellows

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Melanie Duckworth, Associate Professor in English Literature, Østfold University College, Norway
Christobel Mattingley: Life, Worlds, Words

Dr Nicholas Ferns, ARC DECRA Research Fellow in History, Monash University
International Finance and National Development: Australia and the World Bank

Ms Susan Wyndham, independent researcher
Elizabeth Harrower: A Life of Fiction

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Professor Robin Gerster, Adjunct Research Professor, Monash University
Outside Looking In: Harold S. Williams and the Australian 'Gaijin' in Japan

Dr Jessica O’Leary, Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University
Japanese Women in the Jesuit Mission to Japan (1549-1639)

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Bernadette Brennan, independent researcher 
Researching Drusilla Modjeska: Feminism, Empire and the Pacific

Offered by the Library

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne, Lecturer in Turkish Studies, Australian National University
Turkish-Australian transnational life writing

Dr Caren Florance, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre for Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra
A Defining Relationship: The NLA and the CSA Graphic Investigation Workshop, 1984-1997

Dr David McDonald, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne
From Care to Carcerality: Understanding the Experiences of Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants

2023 Fellows

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council and Patrons

Dr Eleanor Hogan, independent researcher
Eleanor Witcombe: Her Brilliant Career

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Lorinda Cramer, Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University
From Shoddy to Superfine: A Material History of Australian Wool
View Fellowship presentation and blog: Unravelling the history of Australian fashion

Dr Mei-fen Kuo, Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Culture and History, Macquarie University
Print Culture, The Cold War Legacy and Understanding “Chineseness” in Australia

Dr Adam Sundberg, Associate Professor, Creighton University
Globalizing Exotics: An Environmental History of Ballast Water Management in Australia
View Fellowship presentation and blog: Below the surface 

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Dr Tets Kimura, Research Associate in the Creative Arts, Flinders University
The historical and cultural development of Japanese fashion: A chronology from the Edo (17th Century) to the Reiwa (21st Century) eras

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Deirdre O'Connell, independent researcher
Pakie's Club: Mapping the Literary Salons of Augusta "Pakie" MacDougall 1875-1945
View Fellowship presentation: Pakie's Club

Offered by the Library

Dr Alice Garner, Research associate, University of Melbourne
Making it count: the many lives of Mavis Robertson (Research for an audio documentary)

Dr Wesley Lim, Lecturer in German Studies, Australian National University
Between Austria and Australia: Staging Hybrid Nationhood in the Photographs of Gertrud Bodenwieser and her Dance Companies

A/Prof Deane Williams, Associate Professor, Film and Screen Studies, Monash University
A Cultural Biography of Ron Maslyn Williams
View Fellowship presentation and blog: The man behind the camera

2022 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Julian Meyrick, Professor of Creative Arts, Griffith University
Australian theatre artists of the 1930s & 1940s: Investigating the "Ribush Circle"

Supported by the Stokes family

Professor Paul Turnbull, Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania
Living with the Dead: Cross-Cultural Encounters with Death and Burial in Colonial Australia, 1820-1920
View Fellowship presentation: Living with the Dead

Ms Madelyn Shaw, independent scholar based in the USA
Fabric of War: A Hidden History of the Global Wool Trade
View Fellowship presentation: Fabric of War

Dr Susan Hemer, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide
"Women and Children Last": the establishment of maternal child health services in Papua New Guinea
View Fellowship presentation: Women and Children Last

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Dr Gwyn McClelland, Lecturer in Japanese, University of New England
Trauma and World Heritage on the Gotō Islands: 1856-1899

Dr Ryan Johnson, Tutor, University of Sydney
Triangulating French, Japanese, and Russian Literatures in Twentieth-Century Japan
View Fellowship presentation: From Paris to Dalian

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council and Patrons

Associate Professor Alison Holland, Academic, Macquarie University
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission: Toward a History
View Fellowship presentation: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Toward a History

Offered by the Library

Dr Kate Warren, Lecturer, Art History and Curatorship, Australian National University
The role of popular magazines in Australian art history and arts communication
View Fellowship presentation: Cut-out-and-keep

Professor Sue Green, Professor Indigenous Australian Studies, Charles Sturt University
Reverting the Gaze

Dr Annie McCarthy, Assistant Professor Global Studies, University of Canberra
Writers, Poets, Artists and Performers: A New History of Children’s Participation in International Development
View Fellowship presentation: The children shall carry it on

2021 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Anne Pender, Professor and Kidman Chair in Australian Studies, University of Adelaide
The Colour of Fire: Australian Theatre in China and Chinese Theatre in Australia 1980-2020
View Fellowship presentation: The Colour of Fire

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Anna Dziedzic, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hong Kong
Waves and currents: the movement of constitutional texts and ideas across Oceania
View Fellowship presentation and blog: Early Constitutions

Dr André Brett, Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in History, University of Wollongong
Scars in the Country: Railways in Australian and New Zealand Environments, 1850s–1914
View Fellowship presentation: The History of Australian and New Zealand Railways

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer, Professor and Chair of History, Flinders University
Imperial Power Couple: The Political and Personal Lives of Helen and Ronald Munro Ferguson
View Fellowship presentation: Imperial Power Couple

Supported in memory of Averill Edwards

Adjunct Professor Russell McGregor, Adjunct Professor, James Cook University
Bird-lovers: A history of birdwatching passions
View Fellowship presentation: Bird Lovers

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Dr Andrew Levidis, Research Associate Fellow, University of Cambridge
The Dreamworlds of Empire: Manchukuo, Militarism and Transnational Anti-Communism in East Asia, 1945-1975
View Fellowship presentation: The Dreamworlds of Empire

Dr Bill Mihalopoulos, Lecturer in Asian Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire
Liberty’s Shackles: Freedom, Consent and Sexual Servitude in Modern Japan
View Fellowship presentation: Consent on Trial

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council and Patrons

Dr Angelique Stastny, independent researcher based in France
Indigenous activist periodicals shifting politics in the Pacific: anti-colonialism, black power and whiteness

Offered by the Library

Professor Kate Fullagar, Professor of History, Australian Catholic University
The Lives of Bennelong and other Indigenous negotiators in the Pacific world, 1750-1820
View Fellowship presentation: Revising the Life of Bennelong

Dr Allison Cadzow, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
Aboriginal Missions and Reserves histories for the National Centre of Biography interactive mapping project

2020 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Vivien Johnson, Adjunct Professor, Art and Design, University of New South Wales
Writing Papunya: The Making of an Illustrated Vernacular Literature 1974-1991

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Associate Professor in History, University of Wollongong
Memory-Keepers: Women activists’ strategies to document their history and preserve their own memory
View Fellowship presentation: Memory Keepers

Professor Judith Bennett, Professor of History, University of Otago (NZ)
Constant coconuts, a history of a Pacific commodity

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Dr Sugata Nandi, Assistant Professor, West Bengal State University (India)
Superior and Subversive? Theosophy, Esotericism and Indian Magic, 1875-1950
View Fellowship presentation: Spiritualist West, Magical Orient

Supported in memory of Averill Edwards

Dr Georgia Pike, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University
'Since Ma’s Gone Mad on Community Singing’: community singing in interwar Australia.
View Fellowship presentation: Community Singing in Interwar Australia

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Professor Jérémie Gilbert, Professor of Human Rights, University of Roehampton (UK)
Indigenous Peoples Cosmovisions, Ecological Stewardship and the Law: Lessons from Australia

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Shine Choi, Lecturer, Massey University (NZ)
Understanding North Korea’s Third World Diplomacy through Culture and Art

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Ms Alisa Bunbury, Grimwade Collection Curator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
View Fellowship presentation: The Eastern Isle and Blog post: A melancholy loss.

Offered by the Library

Dr Louise Hamby, Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University
Experiences at Milingimbi through Axel Poignant’s Photographs

Dr Susan Martin, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Research/Professor of English, La Trobe University
I loved a sunburnt country

2019 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Ellen Smith, Gender Studies and Australian Literature, Deakin University
Queers in Exile: Sexuality and Ex-Patriotism in Mid-Century Australian Literature
View Fellowship presentation: Queers in Exile

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Ashley Barnwell, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Melbourne
Family Secrets, National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Settler Colonial Australia
View Fellowship presentation: Family Secrets, National Silences

Ms Kaz Cooke, author, cartoonist and broadcaster
The History of Advice to Women (‘If You’re a Woman, You’re Doing it Wrong’)

Dr Daniel Midena, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland
A History of Medicine, Christianity and Sorcery: Edwin G. Tscharke (1918-2000) and the Lutheran Medical Mission to New Guinea
View Fellowship presentation: A History of Medicine, Christianity and Sorcery

Supported in memory of Averill Edwards

Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor, Head of History, University of Western Australia
The Wild Next Door: Children’s Engagement with Urban Nature in Australia, 1965-2000
View Fellowship presentation: The Wild Next Door

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Dr Sam Lebovic, Assistant Professor of History, George Mason University
The End of Mass Media: A History of Broadcast Deregulation in Australia, the US and the UK
View Fellowship presentation: The End of Mass Media

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Yasuko Claremont, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney
A Critical Analysis of Atomic Bomb Literature
View Fellowship presentation: A Critical Analysis of Atomic Bomb Literature

Associate Professor Kama MacLean, South Asian and World History, University of New South Wales
An Australian Governor in British India: R.G. Casey and the Endgame of Empire
View Fellowship presentation: An Australian Governor in British India

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library's Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Dr Elizabeth Moylan, Honorary Associate, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
Improving Access to Historical Maps to Support Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Research
View Fellowship presentation: Improving Access to Historical Maps to Support Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Research and Blog: Decolonising Historical Maps

Offered by the Library

Dr Alexandra Dellios, Cultural Historian, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University
Migrant/Ethnic Protest and Activism in Early Multicultural Australia
View Fellowship presentation: Migrant/Ethnic Protest and Activism in Early Multicultural Australia

Professor Elaine Hobby, Researcher and Professor of 17th-Century Studies, Loughborough University
Editing the First Professional Woman Writer in English: Aphra Behn in Australia.
View Fellowship presentation: Australian Evidence of Aphra Behn

2018 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Dr Rebecca Jones, Senior Research Fellow, School of Rural Health, Monash University
View Fellowship presentation: Crazy Weather

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Maggie Tonkin, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Adelaide
The Creative Process of Meryl Tankard
Read a blog post: NLA Fellowships in 2018

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Professor Lisa Adkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Newcastle and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor
View Fellowship presentation: Wageless Life in the Great Depression

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Dr Rachel Stevens, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Refugees, Relief and revolution: Australians in the Bangladesh Liberation War

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Professor David Vines, Emeritus Fellow of Economics, Balliol College, Oxford University
Macroeconomic Policymaking in Australia: the Crucial Years

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Gillian Russell, Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
Charles Lamb, Romantic literary cultures, and the Australian Common Reader 1822-1960
Listen to Fellowship presentation: Tyranny of Distance

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Linda Zampol D’Ortia, Religious Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand
Listen to Fellowship presentation: Perceptions of missionary failure

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library's Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Associate Professor Lisa Chandler, Associate Professor of Art and Design, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Interrupted Voyage: Visual and Narrative Constructions of Interactions between Colonial Castaways and Indigenous Australians
Listen to Fellowship presentation: Colonial Castaways and Indigenous Hosts

Offered by the Library

Dr Ruth Barraclough, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University
Red Glamour: Korea’s Early Communist Women
View Fellowship presentation: Red Glamour

Dr Elizabeth Burrows, Program Director, Communications, Griffith University, Queensland
Mediating the Movement: Aboriginal Rights Movement media from origin to online

2017 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Dr Frances Steel, Senior Lecturer in History, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong
Cool Cargoes: Australia-Pacific food trades and transformations in the age of refrigeration

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Shih-Wen Chen, Lecturer in Literary Studies, Deakin University
Children’s Literature and Print Culture in Late Qing and Early Republican China, c.1875-1915

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Professor Ayhan Turhan Aktar, Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
In the Eyes of their Foes: Study of Anzac Travellers’ Narratives at Gallipoli in the Australian Press, 1990-2015

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Dr Gillian Arrighi, Senior Lecturer, Creative and Performing Arts, University of Newcastle
Pinafores, Prodigies and Precocities: The Entertaining Child in the Age of Empire

Supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Gabrielle Carey, Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing Program, University of Technology Sydney
Ivan Southall and his readers: a study of the reader-writer relationship
Listen to Fellowship presentation: Like a Love Affair

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Michele Monserrati, Visiting Professor in Italian and Comparative Literature, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA
Searching for Japan in Contemporary Italy
Listen to Fellowship presentation: Searching for Japan in Contemporary Italy

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Masafumi Monden, Research Associate, University of Technology Sydney
The Changing Scape of Shōjo: Examining Girlhood, Aesthetics and Self-hood in Japanese Popular Culture
Listen to Fellowship presentation: A Portrait of Shōjo

Supported by the Library

Mr Paul Diamond, Curator, Mäori, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
Enhancing Description of Mäori Collections of the National Library of Australia

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens, Visiting researcher, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
On the origin and evolution of a species: Australian scientists in fiction

2016 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Professor Klaus Neumann, Professor, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology
Becoming Australian: The published autobiographical texts of first-generation immigrants from non-English speaking backgrounds

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
The Volunteer Graduate Scheme and the cultural history of foreign aid

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Professor Lesley Johnson, Emeritus Professor, Griffith University and University of Technology Sydney
Institutions of the Humanities

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
Private Lives, Public Politics: A new history of the 1970s in Australia

Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Luke Gartlan, School of Art History, University of St Andrews, St Andrews Fife, United Kingdom
Of Other Networks: Photograph Albums and Early Japanese-Australian Cultural Exchanges

Research in Australian Literature, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust

Dr Bridget Vincent, McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Melbourne
Poetry and Public Apology in the Twentieth Century (Judith Wright)

Offered by the Library

Dr Amanda Harris, Research Associate and Operations Manager, PARADISEC, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
'Corroboree' and Australian Cultural Identity: Public Performance, Reception and Transformation of Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1945-70

Mr Michael Piggott, Consultant archivist and researcher; Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Sir John Ferguson's Manuscripts – A study of their provenance

Associate Professor Clinton Fernandes, ADFA, University of NSW Canberra
The bi-partisan consensus in Australian foreign policy, 1983