Roger Osborne grew up on a small dairy farm at Bunjurgen, Queensland, and completed primary and high school at Boonah.
He completed a PhD at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2000, producing the first scholarly edition of Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes. He taught English and American literature at the Academy before moving to Brisbane where he took up a postdoctoral fellowship in the Australian Studies Centre, University of Queensland, conducting research on Australian magazine culture. He has been associated with AustLit for many years and continues to contribute to the database as a researcher and compiler.
Roger's research focusses on book history and print culture. Most recently, he has worked on the ARC-funded project America Publishes Australia: Australian Books and American Publishers, 1890-2005. His edition of Under Western Eyes was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, and he is currently working on an edition of Conrad's modernist classic, Nostromo. The first of five components of his open-ended Joseph Furphy Digital Archive was published on AustLit in 2015.