Duc Dau

Duc Dau


  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I specialise in literature, screen media, digital media, and activism research. I am also interested in social research and how it might create positive social impact. In literature, I specialise in biblical reception, literature and theology, and gender and sexuality from the nineteenth century onwards. In screen media, my research focuses on queer film and TV. In digital media, I look at social justice, COVID-19, and disability. In activism research, I have a special interest in the history of bisexual activism.

Author of Touching God: Hopkins and Love (2012) and Gender, Sexuality, and the Song of Songs in Victorian Literature and Culture (under contract), and co-editor of Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature (2015), my articles have appeared in such journals as Critical Social Policy, Media International Australia, Disability Studies Quarterly, Australian Literary Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Religion and Literature, and Literature and Theology.

Current projects

I have a contract with The Ohio State University Press to publish my next book, Gender, Sexuality, and the Song of Songs in Victorian Literature and Culture. Appearing in their series 'Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies', the book explores how the Song of Songs was used to fashion, and to contest, the norms of romantic love, sexual relations, gender roles, and marriage in Victorian and early twentieth-century literature and culture. The project was funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Funding overview

As lead or sole investigator, I have attracted $420,000 in research funding. The main sources are listed below:

University of Western Australia
Alumni Fund Grants (2016)
Total funding: $20,000

Australian Research Council
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) (2013-2016)
Total funding: $295,363

University of Western Australia
UWA ECR Fellowship Support Program (2013-2016)
Total funding: $29,142

University of Western Australia
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2000-2003)
Total Funding: $60,295

University of Western Australia
Winthrop Scholarship (2000)
Total funding: $7,500

Travel awards from the North American Victorian Studies Association, Australasian Victorian Studies Association, UWA Faculty of Arts, UWA Alumni Funds.

Previous positions

After being awarded my PhD, and before returning to the university sector, I worked in health communication for several years at the WA Mental Health Commission. Specialising in publications, public relations, and marketing, I established and became the first Editor of a statewide mental health magazine aimed at a general readership (the first of its kind in Australia), developed strategic proactive and reactive media approaches, and was the head speechwriter for the Mental Health Minister and the Mental Health Commissioner. I have also worked in the areas of strategic marketing, inclusion and diversity, and policy development. I developed the UWA Transgender Policy and am passionate about improving outcomes for marginalised communities.  I am currently working in the area of Aboriginal research. 

Teaching overview

I have taught widely, from film to TV, to canonical literature, gender studies, professional writing, history, media, advocacy, and health promotion. Highlights include teaching James Joyce's Ulysses over several weeks, and co-teaching -- with Fred Roden at the University of Connecticut -- Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam.

Research expertise keywords

  • Victorian literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Literature and theology
  • Biblical reception
  • Emotions
  • Sexualities
  • Film and TV
  • Digital media and cultures
  • Pornography and erotica
  • Love studies
  • Social justice
  • Critical disability studies
  • Queer art


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