Researcher biography

Anna Johnston is an ARC Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and Associate Professor in English Literature in the School of Communication and Arts. A graduate of the University of Queensland, Anna has worked at the University of Tasmania, where she was Director of the Centre for Colonialism and Its Aftermath (2013-16) and an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow (2007-14). In 2014-15, Anna was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo. She has published widely in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies, focussing on literary and cultural history: her most recent monograph is The Paper War: Morality, Print Culture, and Power in Colonial New South Wales (UWA Press 2011). She has particular interests in settler colonialism, travel writing, and missionary writing and empire.

Anna’s Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project is “The Laboratory of Modernity: Knowledge Formation and the Australian Settler Colonies (1788-1900).” For this 4-year project, Anna will analyse the production and circulation of colonial Australian knowledge through texts and their influence on European thought and modern social theory. She is also a member of the multi-institutional ARC grant “Intimacy and violence in Anglo Pacific Rim settler colonial societies, 1830-1930” (University of Newcastle), in which she will focus on evangelical missionaries and colonial settlers who collected Indigenous languages in Australia and the Pacific.

Anna is an experienced Masters and PhD supervisor, with 19 completions and 2 current MPhil candidates. She is keen to supervise in Australian, colonial, and postcolonial literary studies, including travel writing, life writing, and print culture and book history studies. She is currently advertising for candidates to apply for 2 competitive PhD scholarships attached to her ARC research funding.