Emerita Professor Margaret Jolly

Emerita Professor/ ARC Laureate Fellow
School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacifi

Margaret Jolly is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in Anthropology, Gender, Media and Cultural Studies and Pacific Studies in the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She is an historical anthropologist who has written extensively on gender in the Pacific, on exploratory voyages and travel writing, missions and contemporary Christianity, maternity and sexuality, cinema and art.

Career highlights

Head Gender Relations Project/Centre 1992-2009; Burns Distinguished Visiting Chair, History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (1998); Promotion to Professor, Election to Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (1999); Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Cruz (2002); Visiting Professor, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France January-July 2009. ARC Laureate Fellow, 2010-2015.


Research interests

Gender and sexuality in the Pacific and Asia; ethnography of the Pacific, especially Vanuatu; anthropology and colonial history; politics of tradition; indigeneity, diaspora and citizenship; feminist theory; photography and cinema; museums and material culture in Oceania; gender and climate change.