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Dr Daozhi Xu is currently an ARC DECRA fellow in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language, and Literature at Macquarie University. She completed her PhD at the University of Hong Kong where she is an adjunct Assistant Professor. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, Indigenous studies, Chinese Australian history, children’s literature, race and ethnicity, and settler colonialism. She was awarded a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2020-2023) for research on the relationships between Indigenous Australians and Asian immigrants. She was also awarded Australian Historical Association’s Allan Martin Award and the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project ECR Small Grant Scheme in 2022.

She is the author of Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children’s Literature (2018), which won the Australia–China Council’s Biennial Australian Studies in China Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature “Alvie Egan Award”. She has published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Australian Historical Studies, Journal of Australian Studies, Australian Aboriginal Studies, JASAL, Antipodes, etc. She is also interested in translation and has translated several books.

She is a member of the Centre for Global Indigenous Futures at Macquarie University, and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She has served as secretary of the International Australian Studies Association since 2021.

Research interests

  • postcolonial studies
  • Chinese Australian history
  • Indigenous literature
  • Asian Australian literature
  • children’s literature
  • race and ethnicity
  • settler colonialism

Education/Academic qualification

English Literary Studies, Ph.D, The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 3 Dec 2016

English Language and Literature , Master of Arts, Renmin University of China

Award Date: 13 Jun 2011

English Language and Literature (translation), Bachelor of Arts, Minzu University of China

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

External positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 2019 → …


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