School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

Vera Mackie


BA (Hons), MA (Monash), PhD (Adelaide)

Location: 19.2028
Phone: +61 2 4221 3179


Professor Vera Mackie is Senior Professor of Asian Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong. She is Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research. 

She is Chief Investigator with Sarah Ferber and Nicola Marks, on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on 'IVF and New Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience' (2015 - 2017) and Chief Investigator, with Diane Kirkby, Tanys Fitzgerald, Tangerine Holt, La-Trobe University and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission on an Australian Research council Linkage Project on Fostering Women Leaders through Educational Exchange, 1930-1980.

She has held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship focusing on ‘From Human Rights to Human Security: Changing Paradigms for Dealing with Inequality in the Asia-Pacific’ Region (2010–2014) and an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellowship (2004–2009) focusing on ‘The Cultural History of the Body in Modern Japan’.

Vera has varied teaching, research, administrative and supervisory experience in the fields of Japanese language and linguistics, Japanese history, gender studies and cultural studies. She supervises research in Asian Studies. gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, citizenship studies and human rights research.

In addition to previous positions at Swinburne, the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne and Curtin University, she has been a Visiting Professor at Victoria University, Ochanomizu University and Hitotsubashi University and has held fellowships at New York University, the National University of Singapore, the University of the Philippines, Chūō University, the Australian National University and a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia.

Vera is National Co-Convener of the Australian Women’s History Network and a Board Member of the International Federation for Research in Women's History.


Reference Works:

Mark McLelland and Vera Mackie (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia, London: Routledge, 2015

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Last reviewed: 29 March, 2016