Professor David Carter's research interests include Australian literature and publishing history, cultural history, the history of the book, periodical studies, and studies in modernity.
David 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. Professor Carter's research interests are in the area of Australian cultural history, and in particular: print culture studies, publishing history, literary history, Australian magazines and periodicals, media/cultural institutions, and modernity. He is currently researching a history of 'middlebrow culture' in Australia and another project examining American editions of Australian books.
He is the author of 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. He is editor of 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); Judah Waten: Fiction, Memoirs and Criticism (University of Queensland Press, 1998); The Republicanism Debate with Wayne Hudson (NSWUP, 1993); Images of Australia: An Introductory Reader to Australian Studies with Gillian Whitlock (University of Queensland Press, 1992); and Outside the Book: Contemporary Essays on Literary Periodicals (Local Consumption Publications, 1991). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Professor Carter has extensive experience in teaching and developing programs in Australian Studies in Australia and internationally. He was President of the International Australian Studies Association from 1997 to 2001. He is Manager of the Australian Studies in China program of the Australia-China Council; from 1998-2004 he was a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation and in 2007-08 he was Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at Tokyo University. He is also a Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University.