An academic, editor and literary critic, Peter Pierce holds a BA with Honours from the University of Tasmania and an MLitt from the University of Oxford.
His research interests include nineteenth century and contemporary Australian literature and literary history, and war literature. He has co-edited numerous studies of Australian literature and culture, and published several critical monographs, including works on Thomas Keneally and Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. Pierce was also the General Editor of The Oxford Literary Guide to Australia.
Pierce was Professor of Australian Literature at James Cook University from 1996 until his retirement in 2006.