Researchers & Team

The project's research team and advisors draw on expertise in literary studies, English education, archival research, history, film studies, and qualitative research methodologies.


Lucy Buzacott

Dr. Lucy Buzacott is a Research Manager at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. She currently manages the ARC funded project Investigating Literary Knowledge in the Making of English Teachers as well as contributing to projects related to national literatures, literary knowledge, and English curriculum. She has a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Queensland. Her PhD explored the intersection of race and gender in the work of William Faulkner.

Larissa McLean Davies

Larissa McLean Davies is a leading Australian academic in literary education, with her research spanning the fields of literary studies and English education. Larissa is currently Associate Professor – Language and Literacy Education and Associate Dean – Learning and Teaching and at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Larissa is also the lead Chief Investigator of the ARC Discovery Project Investigating Literary Knowledge in the Making of English Teachers

Sarah E. Truman

Sarah E. Truman is Senior Research Fellow at University of Melbourne where she researches literary and arts education and public pedagogies. Truman’s latest monograph is Feminist Speculations and the Practice of Research-Creation: Writing Pedagogies and Intertextual Affects (2021).

Research Advisors and Collaborators

Amanda Burritt

Amanda Burritt has extensive experience in teaching and curriculum development in secondary schools, major cultural institutions and the tertiary sector. She has also contributed to the work of government curriculum organisations in a range of subject areas. Dr Burritt’s research and expertise is in cultural history, multi-faith education, multimodal literacy and the relationship between literate practices and object based learning. She has a BA (Hons), B.Theol, Dip Ed, MEd and a PhD in History.

Susan K. Martin

Susan K. Martin is Professor in English and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University, Australia. Her teaching is in Australian literature, Australian studies and Victorian culture. She publishes on nineteenth to twenty-first-century Anglophone literature and culture, including cultures of reading, garden history, and literature and the environment, in journals including English Studies, Studies in The History of Gardensand Designed Landscapes, and Postcolonial Studies.

Philip Mead

Philip Mead was the inaugural Chair of Australian Literature and Director of the Westerly Centre at the University of Western Australia. Philip has taught Australian literary studies and English units in the Master of Curriculum Studies (English) course, a collaborative course between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. Philip’s research is at the intersection of national and transnational literary studies, cultural history and theory, poetics, literary education, and digital humanities.

Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is Class Act – a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followed the success of her memoir, Tales From the Political Trenches, an account of her brief but tumultuous time in the Federal Parliament.

Mark Nicholls

Dr. Mark Nicholls is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught film since 1993. He is the author of Lost Objects of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons, Scorsese’s Men: Melancholia and the Mob and recent articles on Italian Cinema and The Ballets Russes. Mark is a film journalist and worked for many years on ABC Radio and for The Age newspaper, for which he wrote a weekly film column between 2007 and 2009. His ten most recent plays are published as Unconventional Women (Prahran Press).

Katie Wood

Katie Wood is a Senior Archivist at the University of Melbourne Archives, where she has worked for over 10 years. She is responsible for the Archives’ Teaching and Learning Program as well as engagement and outreach activities. Katie is also undertaking a PhD in History at La Trobe University, looking at the experience of Australian women metal workers, 1890-1980.