Professor Russell McDougall

Professor - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Russell McDougall

Phone: +61 2 6773 2642



Russell McDougall has longstanding research interests in comparative Australian, Caribbean and West African literatures in English - on all of which he has published widely - as well as in post-colonial theory and Indigeneity. He is particularly interested in post-colonial subjectivities and the writing of biography; the relationship between anthropology and travel writing; stories about objects; literary geographies; and the new piracies, especially bio-piracy and geo-piracy.

Russell is part of the Posthuman Literary and Cultural Studies Group.


BA Hons (Newcastle, NSW), MA (Adelaide), PhD (Queen's)

Research Interests

Recipient of Canadian Government Faculty Enrichment Award and Australian Indian Council Travel Grant.

ARC Linkage Grant (with Iain Davidson)  - partner, Queensland Museum - "The Role of the Queensland Museum Collections in Producing Knowledge of Aboriginal People from Federation to the Present Day"


Current Memberships:

  • Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies 
  • European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • Australian Association for Caribbean Studies
  • African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
  • European Association for Studies of Australia

Russell was the original proposer and a member of the first Working Party to establish the Adelaide Centre for Australian Studies (A.C.A.S.), launched in March '88, and was its Acting Director in 1989 and 1990. He served for a number of years on the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), and as the Director of the Centre of Australian Studies at UNE. Currently, he sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal of postcolonial writing, and on the international advisory board of both Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing (formerly World Literature Written in English). Russell has been a Research Associate of the Centre for Research in New Literatures in English at Flinders University (South Australia), and a Global Virtual Faculty Member of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey.

Consultancy Interests

Russell has held consultancies with:

  • "People in Pictures Film and Documentary Video,"
  • ABC Radio Documentary, "Xavier Herbert." (Winner of the inaugural Moving Portrait Documentary Award).
  • The Literary Estate of Xavier Herbert.

He has served as a member of the Judging Panel for the Premier's NSW Literary Awards and as a publisher's reader for:

Oxford University Press
API Portugal
University of Western Australia Press
Dangaroo Press
College English
CRNLE Reviews Journal
Journal of Postcolonial of Writing
Australian Historical Studies
Australian Literary Studies
Australasian Victorian Studies Journal.

He is also an International Assessor for Australian Research Council Discovery Grants.