Researcher biography

Dr Jessica White is a UQ Amplify Associate Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts who researches and writes in the fields of critical and creative writing.

Her critical writing has been published in national and international journals in the fields of Australian literature, ecocriticism, nineteenth century literature, life writing and literary representations of disability. In 2018/2019, Jessica oversaw the creation of the Writing Disability in Australia dataset in the AustLit database to draw attention to representations of disability in Australian literature.

Jessica also writes in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir. Her first novel, A Curious Intimacy (Penguin/Viking 2007) won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award, shortlistings for the Western Australia Premier's award and the Dobbie award for a first published work by an Australian woman writer, and was longlisted for the international IMPAC award. Her second novel, Entitlement, was published by Penguin/Viking in 2012. Her short fiction, essays and poetry have won awards and shortlistings and appeared in a wide range of literary journals. Jessica is also the recipient of funding and residencies from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts. Jessica's most recent work, Hearing Maud (UWA Publishing 2019), is a hybrid memoir about deafness.

Jessica is currently working on two books: an ecobiography about Western Australia botanist Georgiana Molloy (1805-1843) and the other-than-human beings with which she interacted (particularly plants), and a scholarly monograph on the genre of ecobiography.

From 2016-2019, Jessica was the recipient of an Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award. In 2020, she will be based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich; at the Environmental Humanities Network at the University of Edinburgh; and at Oak Spring Gardens Foundation in Virginia, United States.

Jessica is keen to supervise in the fields of either creative or critical writing, particularly Australian literature, ecocriticism, climate fiction, nineteenth century women's writing, literature and disability, fiction, memoir and creative non-fiction.

Areas of research