Nadia Rhook


  • 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' has recently been released with UWA Publishing : 

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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