Project Lead: Dr Deborah Jordan
Dr Deborah Jordan, award-winning historian, biographer, and Petherick Reader at the National Library of Australia, research fellow (adj) in History Monash University, and associate researcher with the T J Ryan Foundation at the Queensland University of Technology, has published widely in Australian cultural history and women’s history. She has held research fellowships at The University of Queensland, the National Library, Deakin, and Flinders University, and is author of six commissioned history books and numerous reports. She has also worked as a co-operative weather observer for the Bureau of Meteorology. For several decades, she grappled with Vance and Nettie Palmer's little-understood preoccupations with the environment and environmental aesthetics. Her selection of their love letters, Loving Words: Letters of Nettie and Vance Palmer, 1909 - 1914, was published by Brandl & Schlesinger in 2018.
Scholar (Thylacines and the Anthropocene, 2022): Samantha Schraag
Samantha Schraag is a literature student and researcher, with experience in Library Services and Arts Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and first-class Honours in English Literature from the University of Queensland, and is completing a Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing (MWEP). Samantha is a recipient of the George Essex Evans Scholarship, and was selected for the 2018/19 UQ Summer Research Program, the 2019 Asian Studies Research Camp, and as a 'Class of 2019' UQ Future Leader. Her research interests include nonhuman animal representations in Australian literature, fairy tale transformations, and Australian-Japanese literary relationships.
Research Assistant (summer 2018-2019): Chloe Cooper
Chloë Cooper is a writer and a bookseller at Avid Reader Bookshop and Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop in Brisbane. Her non-fiction has been published in The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, and others. She regularly holds in-conversations with authors at their book launches and has appeared as a reviewer on ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf. Find out more at her website: http://chloecooper.net.
Among Chloë's contributions to the project is the exhibition on climate-change topics in Australian short fiction.
Research Assistant (semester 1, 2019): Nina Clark
Nina Clark was an undergraduate student at The University of Queensland, completing a Bachelors focusing on zoology, film and television, and writing, when she interned on the Climate Change in Australian Narratives project. She is interested in climate change in both a scientific and communications aspect. Her role as a student scholar in the climate change project allowed her to dig deep into the treasure trove of literature that is AustLit and build a project combining science and literature. Her research project focused on 'Climate change representation of coastal areas in Australian literature over the past 100 years', using the concept of a sediment core as her theoretical framework.
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.