Gillian Whitlock is a graduate of The University of Queensland, where she completed theses on A. G. Stephens and Doris Lessing, and Queen's University, Canada, where she completed a PhD thesis on the role of the magazine (including the Bulletin)
in the colonial context. She has co-edited the journal Australian-Canadian Studies
and has published widely in the area of feminist criticism, postcolonial studies, Australian studies and women's writing, particularly autobiography. She has held the position of Professor in the School of Humanities at Griffith University and was also founding Director of Griffith Flexible Learning Services. Professor Whitlock was appointed to a chair at the University of Queensland in 2001. She was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2007.
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