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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, educator, and poet. She lectures and researches Indigenous, Asian, and Australian history at the University of Western Australia, on Whadjuk Noongar land. Her research is much inspired by her background in ESL teaching, and in 2016 she curated the City of Melbourne heritage-turned online exhibition 'Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne'. She designed the public history walking tour 'Migration Melbourne' delivered for a range of festivals and events, including the 2017 Melbourne Writer's Festival. Her research focuses on Asian migration and colonialism in the Australia-Asia-Pacific region. Her wide range of connected interests include histories of speech, migration, and law, race and emotion, medicine and sovereignty.

Nadia co-convenes the Perth branch of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, and is a committee member of the Dragon Tails Chinese-Australasian History and Heritage Association. She also co-convenes the UWA Humanities ECR network.

She's currently writing a book about Asian migration, speech, and settler colonialism in 1890s Melbourne, forthcoming with Duke University Press, and her first poetry collection, 'boots' is forthcoming with UWA Publishing, 2020 : https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/collections/poetry/products/boots 

Funding overview

ARC Linkage 'Faith on the Goldfields', 2016 ongoing.

La Trobe China Studies Research Centre Grants, 2016, 2017.

La Trobe University Research Seed Funding, 2016, 2017.

Previous positions

Lecturer, La Trobe University, 2016-2018

Current projects

Speech and Settler Colonialism : Hearing Law and Asian Power in 1890s Melbourne. 

Reading Medical Sovereignty : New Histories of Chinese and South Asian Medical Practitioners in fin-de-siecle Victoria.

Charting Colonialism from French Vietnam to Australia to New Caledonia : a trans-imperial history.

Teaching overview

When Empire Strikes : Imperial Expansion, Rights, and Resistance from Europe to Australasia

Australia's Foreign Wars : From Sudan to Saddam 

Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Indigenous Australian History

Making History 


British and French settler colonial history, Asian Migration, Victorian settler colonial law, Speech, Race, and Language, Medicine, Emotion



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nineteenth century Social Sciences
grief Social Sciences
interpreter Social Sciences
speaking Social Sciences
Colonies Arts & Humanities
Settler Arts & Humanities
sexuality Social Sciences
vulnerability Social Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2020


Rhook, N., 2020, Perth : UWA Publishing. 128 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


considering the life of codes and Bob Hawke

Rhook, N., 15 Jan 2020, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, 40 .

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

future simple : a poem

Rhook, N., 31 Jul 2019, The Enchanting Voices Literary Review.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Open Access

Moving Tongues: Language and Migration in 1890s Melbourne

Rhook, N., 2019

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibition

Open Access

Projects 2017 2020

Faith on the Goldfields: Rediscovering religious diversity 1852-today

Rhook, N., Jones, J., Jones, T., Fahey, C. & Budge, T.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research


Shortlisted for the 2018 Patricia Grimshaw Award

Nadia Rhook (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Other distinction

New Caledonia

Press / Media

Writer Profile of Nadia Rhook, by Emily Sun

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Asian Migration to Melbourne in the 1890s

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Indian migration to colonial Melbourne

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Shooting the Past

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