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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Nadia Rhook is a non-Indigenous historian and poet, lecturing in History and Indigenous Studies on Whadjuk Noongar land. She's interested in creative translations of history, and she curated the City of Melbourne heritage-turned online exhibition 'Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne' and has designed public walking tours. Her research expertise is on Asian migration, whiteness, and linguistic nationalism in 19th and early 20th Century Victoria, and her wide range of connected interests include histories of language, race and settler colonialism, medicine and medical philanthropy, sovereignty, and poetry. She is a member of the ARC funded 'Faith on the Goldfields' project which is recovering multi-faith histories of Bendigo.

Nadia is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and co-convenes the Perth branch of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network. Her first poetry collection, 'boots' (UWA Publishing, 2020) employs a poetic praxis to observe how colonialism lives through bodies, landscapes, and languages. Her second poetry collection, 'Second Fleet Baby', is forthcoming with Fremantle Press in August 2022. Spanning centuries, this collection traces intergenerational settler ties through the soft weapons of the body, connecting the intimacies of nation-making with the politics of child-bearing.


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

Pasts beyond discipline: Tracing relations between history, imagination, and poetry.

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

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


Teaching overview

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

History in 4D

Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Indigenous Australian History

Australia's Foreign Wars : From Sudan to Saddam


Whiteness and Asian Migration, Victorian settler colonial law, Speech, Race, and Language, Medicine, British and French settler colonial history, Poetry, Historical imagination, Sovereignty




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