School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Associate Professor Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore

Associate Professor
English Program

Phone: +61 2 6268 8856
Fax: +61 2 6268 8879

Professional Background

Associate Professor Nicole Moore is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in English literary studies at UNSW Canberra. She has a BA Honours (First Class, University Medal) from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of Queensland. She was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Tasmania immediately after graduating, and then took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Macquarie University in Sydney, where she became a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Centre for Cultural History. In 2010 she was appointed Associate Professor in English at UNSW Canberra and in 2014 she took up her four-year ARC Future Fellowship.

She has held visiting fellowships at the Menzies Centre, Kings College London, the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, the National Archives of Australia, and the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. A/Prof Moore is the current Vice President of the Australian University Heads of English association (AUHE) and past Chair of the AUHE Learning and Teaching Committee, and she is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Office of Learning and Teaching Project "Teaching First Year Discipline Subjects", for the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH). She is co-editor of the Studies in Australian Literature series at Anthem Press (London and Melbourne) and has served on the executives of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) and the Australian Studies Association (ASA). A/Prof Moore is currently on the editorial boards of Australian Literary Studies, Australian Feminist Studies, Hecate: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies, the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL) and Studies in Australasian Cinema, and acts as a referee for numerous national and international presses, journals, and research funding bodies.

Research Interests

Associate Professor Moore's main research interest is Australian literature, combined with interdisciplinary and comparative research in cultural history, gender and sexuality studies, and book history, with a special interest in censorship. She is the author of The Censor's Library: Uncovering the Lost History of Australia's Banned Books, which won the Walter McCrae Russell award from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature in 2013, and was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award, the Penny Pether prize from the Australian Law, Literature and the Humanities Association, and the Prime Minister's Literary Award in Australian History.

Her research pursues issues at stake in the political cultures of writing and reading, and the complex relations of literature and history within and across national boundaries. A/Prof Moore's Future Fellowship enables her to embark on a biography of the prominent Australian writer Dorothy Hewett. profile


Australian and New Zealand Literature. Co-edited with Nicholas Birns and Sarah Shieff. New York: Modern Languages Association, Options for Teaching Series, forthcoming 2016.

Censorship and the Limits of the Literary: A Global View. Editor. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2015.

South by East: Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic. Co-edited with Christina Spittel. London: Anthem Press, forthcoming 2015.

The Censor's Library: Uncovering the Lost History of Australia's Banned Books. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2012.

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Co-editor. General Editor, Nicholas Jose. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2009. Republished as The Literature of Australia, London and New York: W.W. Norton, 2009.

Sugar Heaven, by Jean Devanny [1936]. Vulgar Press: Carlton, Vic., 2002. Editor of the scholarly edition.

Bibliographic Database

Banned in Australia: A bibliography of books banned by federal censorship in Australia 1901-1975. With Marita Bullock. 500+ annotated entries. AustLit, July 2008.

Journal editing

Reviews Editor, Australian Feminist Studies, 2005 – 2012.

New Urgencies in Australian Studies. Co-edited with Michelle Arrow. Special Issue Australian Humanities Review. No. 38, 2006.

Feminist Histories/ Histories of Feminism. Special Issue Australian Feminist Studies. Co-edited with Mary Spongberg. 20.48, 2005.

Vision Splendid. Special Issue Journal of Australian Studies. Co-edited with Richard Nile. University of Queensland Press and API Network. No. 66, 2000.

Reviews Editor, Australian Humanities Review, 2000-2005.

Book Chapters (selected)

Journal Articles (selected)

Postgraduate Supervision

A/Prof Moore has supervised to successful completion higher degree dissertations on:

Her current supervisions include a project on memory and identity in contemporary Chinese-Australian novels, and another on the representation of women's suffrage in Australian writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Areas of Potential Supervision

A/Prof Moore welcomes enquiries from potential research candidates in these broad areas: