Michelle Keown

Personal Chair of Pacific and Post-colonial Literature


Dr Keown was born and grew up in New Zealand, where she completed a BA in English and Linguistics, and an MA in English Literature (specialising in Maori Literature in English), at the University of Waikato.She came to the UK in 1997 on a Commonwealth Scholarship, completing a PhD in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent (in 2000) and subsequently taking up a Lectureship in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Stirling (in 2001). In 2005, she joined the English Department at Edinburgh, where she teaches courses on Postcolonial writing, New Zealand and Pacific literature and film, and Modernism and empire. Dr Keown is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, serves on the Publications Committee for the UK Postcolonial Studies Association, and is a member of editorial and advisory boards for the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the Journal of Contemporary Literature, the Journal of Postcolonial Culture and Societies, the Journal of New Zealand Literature, Ka Mate Ka Ora (journal of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre), Kotare: New Zealand Notes and Queries, and Dreadlocks (a journal of Pacific studies).

Project activity

Current research projects are focused on postcolonial diasporas; postcolonial translation studies; Anglo-American imperialism and the Pacific; postcolonial reception theory; and the medical humanities.

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