Associate Professor Maggie Nolan

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 344 36225


Maggie Nolan is an Associate Professor in Digital Cultural Heritage in the School of Communication and Arts and the recently appointed Director of AustLit. AustLit is a comprehensive information resource and research environment for Australian literary, print, and narrative culture and it supports and promotes research into Australian story-telling.

Maggie values interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to humanities research.

Maggie's research is in the broad field of Australian Literary Cultures. Her most recent project, "Close Relations: Irishness in Australian Literature", with Professor Ronan McDonald (UoM) and Professor Kath Bode (ANU) was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant in 2022.

Her research interests include:

  • Contemporary Indigenous Literatures
  • Hoaxes, Imposture and Mistaken Identity in Australian Literary Culture
  • Reading, reception and the civic role of book clubs
  • Digital literary studies
  • Value in literary studies and the impact of ranking systems on the discipline.

Maggie is an experienced postgraduate supervisor and is available to supervise topics on Australian literary cultures. She also welcomes students and researcher who would like to work on projects linked to AustLit.

Research Impacts

Maggie is regularly invited to engage with the media on a range of topics, most recently in series on "Fakes and Frauds" as part of the ABC Radio National's the Book Show. (Monday, 15 May, 2023)

She also writes regularly for The Conversation and some of her articles include.

"The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians."

"A Dystopian or Utopian Future: Claire G. Coleman's new novel, Enclave, imagines both."


  • Bachelor of Arts (with Honours)
  • Master of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Stirling


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