Hsu-Ming Teo

Associate Professor

1994 …2020

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Personal profile


Hsu-Ming Teo is a literary novelist and cultural historian based in the English Department at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was shortlisted for several other awards. It has been translated into Chinese, Thai, German and Italian. Her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is working on her third novel. Her academic publications include Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012), the edited books The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia (ASP 2017) and Cultural History in Australia (UNSW 2003), as well as a wide range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, imperialism, fiction, and popular culture. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies. Judging activities: Hsu-Ming served on the advisory panel of the Man Asian Literary Prize from 2007 to 2012 and judged the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. She judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2007, and the NSW Premier’s History Prize in 2013 and 2017. 

Research interests

Love studies; popular romance studies; Orientalism; the Holocaust in popular culture; fiction and history; cultural history; travel and tourism; gender and popular culture

Hsu-Ming is currently co-editing the Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction with Prof. Eric M. Selinger (DePaul Univ) and Dr Jayashree Kamblé (City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College); co-editing a collection on “Conflict, Colonialism and Exoticism in 21st Century Historical Romance Novels” with Dr Paloma Fresno-Calleja (Univ. of Balearic Islands), and co-authoring a book on Asian American romance novels with Dr Erin S. Young (State University of New York: Empire State College). 


Convening and teaching:

ENGL234 Fiction and History


Education/Academic qualification

History and English literature, PhD

History and English Literature, BA (Hons)

External positions

Board Member, International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

2018 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Popular Romance Studies

2015 → …

Board Member, Journal of Australian Studies

2008 → …

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Research Outputs

The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia

Teo, H-M. (ed.), Aug 2017, North Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scholarly Publishing. 371 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

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Desert passions: Orientalism and romance novels

Teo, H-M., 2012, Austin: University of Texas Press. 344 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 23 Citations (Scopus)

    Cultural History in Australia

    Teo, H-M. (ed.) & White, R. (ed.), 2003, Sydney: UNSW Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

    Behind the moon

    Teo, H-M., 2005, Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen and Unwin. 372 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Love and vertigo

    Teo, H-M., 2000, Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 296 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook