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PROF Gillian Russell


  • British History (Romanticism, Eighteenth-century studies, War studies, Theatre studies, Gender, Sociability)
  • British and Irish Literature
  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified



  • Gillian Russell holds an Honours degree in English and Irish Literature from the Queen's University Belfast (1981) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1987). She held a position at the Universität Salzburg, Austria, before moving to the Australian National University, Canberra, where she taught from 1990 to 2014, latterly as Professor of English. In 2014 she was appointed to the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on Irish and British literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focussing on theatre, war, sociability, and gender. In 2010 she was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and between 2010-2014 held an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship for a project on the history of printed ephemera, sociability and public culture in Britain, Ireland and Australia (1700-1850).   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 1987
  • BA (Hons), Queen's University Belfast 1981

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise in the following areas: Irish literature and history, especially eighteenth century and contemporary Ireland; British and Irish theatre, especially eighteenth century and contemporary; Romanticism (Ireland and Britain); war and culture; history of the book; gender and sociability, history of the book. Recent successful graduate students have produced the following books: Kate Horgan, The Politics of Songs in Eighteenth-Century Britain 1723-1795 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014); Shih-Wen Chen, Representations of China in British Children's Fiction, 1851-1911 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013); Neil Ramsey, The Military Memoir and Romantic Literary Culture, 1780-1835 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).