• 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. Her research draws inspiration from her background in English teaching, and she curated the City of Melbourne heritage-turned online exhibition 'Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne'. Her research expertise is on Asian migration, whiteness, and colonialism in 19th and early 20th Century Australia, and her wide range of connected interests include histories of speech and space, migration, race and law, medicine, story-telling and sovereignty.

Nadia is an Executive Committee Member of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her first poetry collection, 'boots' (UWA Publishing, 2020) loosens history from the grip of footnotes to nourish the imagination; a poetic praxis of drawing history closer to the body.

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

History in 4D

Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Indigenous Australian History

Australia's Foreign Wars : From Sudan to Saddam


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




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