Margaret Jolly was an ARC Laureate Fellow 2010-2016 and is an Emerita Professor 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 since 1999. She is a transdisciplinary scholar of gender and Pacific studies who has written extensively on gender in Oceania, on exploratory voyages and travel writing, missions and contemporary Christianity, maternity and sexuality, cinema and art. She is currently focused on gender and climate change in Oceania.

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, 2010-2016. Appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2020 for services to education on gender and Pacific Studies. Conjoint Peter Baume Award conferred by ANU Chancellor November 2020.

Research Interest

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.