Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Professor Emerita Jill Roe

modernhistory_staff_jroeAO, BA Adel., MA ANU, DLitt Macquarie, FASSA, FFAHS

Office: W6A 121 
Phone: +61 2 9850 8866
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Jill Roe AO is a founding member of staff of Macquarie University, where she taught British Australian and social policy history to two generations of students and supervised numerous research theses. She also served on many committees, within the discipline and more widely. She was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University 1994-95, and later head of modern history at Macquarie, a position she held until retirement in 2002. In 1997 she was awarded a personal chair in modern history, and is now an active member of the discipline's research culture, most recently as Director of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Centre.

Special Interests

Her main research interest has been in the social and cultural history of Australia since the late 19th century. She is now best known for her work on Australian writer and feminist Miles Franklin. In addition to the prize-winning Stella Miles Franklin A biography  (2008 and on-line), she has published scholarly editions of Franklin's topical writings and letters. She is currently working on aspects of the history of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, where she was born.


She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Federation of Australian Historical Societies. In 2007 she as made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, also the Australian Historical Association. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the ADB and History Australia.


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