Professor Gillian Whitlock's research is in the field of life narrative, including autobiography and biography, postcolonial studies, and women's writing. She is a graduate of UQ, Griffith and Queen's University in Canada.
She is currently an ARC Professorial Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts, working on the archives of asylum seeker letters that are held in the Fryer library. Both the University of Queensland Art Museum and the Fryer have become involved in this project, hosting special exhibitions, seminars and a commissioned art work. She has presented and published a number of papers on this topic, both in Australia and overseas.
She is currently vice president of the Academy of Humanities, and a member of the Australia India Council, and she has been a member of a number of ARC panels. She has been a judge on the Miles Franklin Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and the Queensland Premier's Prize.
She is the author of:
- The Intimate Empire. Reading Women's Autobiography.
- Soft Weapons. Autobiography in Transit
- Forthcoming: Postcolonial Life Narrative
- Re-Writing Queen's English (with Prof. Helen Tiffin).
- Images of Australia (with Assoc. Prof. David Carter).
- Interpreting the Past (with Gail Reekie).
- Australian/Canadian Literatures in English; Comparative Perspectives (with Russell McDougall).
- Australian Canadian Studies 1986-1991 (with Malcolm Alexander).
- 'Autographics' (special issue of the journal Biography)(with Anna Poletti)
- '(Post)human Lives (special issue of the journal Biography in 2012)
- Autographs. Contemporary Australian Autobiography.
- Eight Voice of the Eighties: Contemporary Australian Women's Writing.