Researcher biography

Carole Ferrier is a Professor of Literature and Women's Studies. Her research interests are in Women's and Gender Studies, and Critical and Cultural Studies, especially Black women authors; Australian women writers and Migrant writers; feminist and Marxist theory, and the theorising of race and ethnicity in relation to culture.

After gaining a BA Honours (London) and a PhD (Auckland), she moved in 1973 to teach in the Department of English (now the School of Communication and Arts) at The University of Queensland.

She was Director of the Women, Gender, Culture and Social Change Research Centre from the 1990s, and President of the Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association in the late 90s and early 2000s. She has been convenor of Women's/Gender Studies at UQ since the early 1990s and contributed to the growth and development of the discipline in Australia and beyond. She was also instrumental in the founding of Creative Writing as an academic research discipline at the University, and served as Director of the Australian Studies Centre.

In 1975 she was the founding editor of one of the first international second-wave feminist journals, Hecate: A Women's Interdisciplinary Journal , now in its forty-second volume, and also took over the editorship of the Australian Women's Book Review in 1999 ( She is also on the editorial boards of eight other national/ international journals.

She has published more than a hundred articles and book chapters, presented papers at seventy conferences in Australia and overseas, and regularly organised conferences at The University of Queensland. Books include: Gender, Politics and Fiction: Australian Women's Novels (UQP); The Janet Frame Reader (London: Women's P); Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary (Melbourne UP); As Good As a Yarn with You; Letters Between Miles Franklin, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Jean Devanny, Marjorie Barnard, Flora Eldershaw and Eleanor Dark (Cambridge UP); Radical Brisbane: An Unruly History (Melbourne: Vulgar P).