Clare Bradford has been a professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. 'Her research examines the interplay between children's literature and the social practices it represents and advocates. She has focused especially on representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures in children's texts, and on Indigenous textuality for children, publishing two books on this topic: Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children's Literature (2001), and Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature (2007), in addition to many essays.
'A second strand of research examining how children's literature following the end of the Cold War has engaged with political, social and environmental questions is addressed in her book New World Orders in Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations (2008), co-authored with three Australian colleagues. A third collaborative project focuses on Australian children's texts since 1990, exploring the values they promote with regard to multiculturalism, immigration and community relations.'
Professor Bradford has been President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature and her books have attracted international prizes. In 2009 she was awarded the inaugural International Trudeau Visiting Fellowship.
Source: Deakin University media release, 15 September 2009, http://www.deakin.edu.au/