Researcher biography

Professor David Carter's research interests include Australian literature and publishing history, cultural history, the history of the book, magazines and periodical studies, middlebrow cultures, and studies in modernity.

Professor Carter was Director of the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland from 2001 to 2006 and is currently Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History in the School of Communication and Arts.

He is the author of Almost Always Modern: Australian Print Cultures and Modernity (2013), Dispossession, Dreams and Diversity: Issues in Australian Studies (2006) and A Career in Writing: Judah Waten and the Cultural Politics of a Literary Career (ASAL/ Halstead, 1997), winner of the Walter McRae Russell Award for literary scholarship. His edited books include Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing (2007), with Anne Galligan; The Ideas Market: An Alternative Take on Australia's Intellectual Life (MUP 2004); Culture in Australia: Policies, Publics and Programs, with Tony Bennett (Cambridge UP, 2001); ; and Outside the Book: Contemporary Essays on Literary Periodicals (Local Consumption Publications, 1991).

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Senior Editor (Australia) for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (, and Series Editor, Anthem Studies in Book History, Publishing and Print Culture, Anthem UK.

Professor Carter has extensive experience in teaching and developing programs in Australian Studies internationally. He was President of the International Australian Studies Association from 1997 to 2001; Manager of the Australian Studies in China program of the Australia-China Council (2002-16); a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation (1998-2004); and Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at Tokyo University (2007-08 & 2016-17). He is a Board Member of the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University.