Project Lead: Dr Jessica White
Dr Jessica White is a lecturer and researcher at The University of Queensland, where she is writing an ecobiography of 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy. She is the author of A Curious Intimacy (Penguin/Viking 2007) and Entitlement (Penguin/Viking 2012), and her short fiction, essays and poetry have won awards and shortlistings and appeared in a wide range of literary journals. Jessica is also the recipient of funding and residencies from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2019, she published Hearing Maud (UWAP), a hybrid memoir that describes the intertwining of her life with that of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland novelist Rosa Praed. Jessica has been severely-to-profoundly deaf since she was four.
Dr. Dylan Holdsworth (Disabilities and Dystopias)
Dr. Dylan Holdsworth completed his PhD at Deakin University, Melbourne, in 2017. His PhD project explored representations of disability in dystopian children’s literature across history, with a specific focus on how disability is constituted in relation to power. He has published two book chapters in 2017: 'More than Puddles: Disability and Masculinity in Alan Marshall’s I Can Jump Puddles' in Disability and Masculinities: Corporeality, Pedagogy and the Critique of Otherness, and 'Conceal, Don’t Feel’: Disability, Monstrosity, and the Freak in Edward Scissorhands and Frozen' in Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults. His research interests include disability, science fiction, dystopian literature, horror cinema, children’s and young adult literature, and Australian literature.
Research Assistant (Semester 1, 2018): Alice Chong
Alice Chong was an undergraduate student at The University of Queensland studying a Bachelors of Economics/Arts, majoring in English Literature and Writing, as well as a Diploma of Languages, when she worked as an intern on the WDA. She was the project's first research assistant, helping to build the dataset, source works, and creating abstracts.
Research Assistant (Semester 2, 2018): Acacia Pohlner
Acacia Pohlner was an undergraduate student at The University of Queensland when she worked as an intern on the WDA. During her internship with AustLit, Acacia was a research assistant to Jessica White and worked on the Writing New Waves exhibition on surfing and disability.
Research Manager: Dr Catriona Mills
Dr Catriona Mills began work with AustLit in 2010, and has since worked on a range of research projects. She holds degrees from Macquarie University and The University of Queensland, and has published on adaptations of penny-weekly serials to the English suburban stage, authorship attribution in Australian nineteenth-century periodicals, steampunk, and Doctor Who.