Philip Mead is a graduate of ANU (BA Hons), of La Trobe University (MA) and of The University of Melbourne (Ph.D, Dip.Ed.). From 1987 to 1994 he was Lockie Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Australian Literature in the English Department, University of Melbourne, and from 1995 to 2009, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in English at the University of Tasmania.
Since 2009 Philip has been the inaugural, federally endowed Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia, and Director of the Westerly Centre. In 2009-2010 Philip was also Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Australian Studies, at the Free University, Berlin and in 2015-2016 was Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.
In 2009 his book Networked Language: History & Culture in Australian Poetry (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009) was shortlisted for the Association for Australian Literature’s Walter McRae Russell Award, and in 2010 it won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Literary Scholarship. In 2011 he co-edited, with Brenton Doecke and Larissa McLean Davies, Teaching Australian Literature: from classroom conversations to national imaginings (AATE/Wakefield).
During his time at Harvard, Philip completed three book projects which are currently in press: Antipodal Shakespeare: Remembering and Forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916-2016 (with Gordon McMullan; Arden Bloombury); The Social Work of Narrative: human rights and the cultural imaginary (ed. with Gareth Griffiths; Ibidem/Columbia University Press); and The Literature of Tasmania: a brief introduction (Fullers Publishing).
Philip’s research is at the intersections of national and transnational literary studies, cultural history and theory, poetics, literary education, and digital humanities. He has received and led numerous nationally competitive research grants including the ALTC funded project, ‘Australian Literature Teaching Survey’ (2009) and the ARC Discovery Project grant for 2010-2012, ‘Monumental Shakespeares: an investigation of transcultural commemoration in 20th-century Australia and England.’ Philip is also a CI on the ARC Discovery Project grant for 2016-19, 'Investigating literary knowledge in the education of English teachers' (with Larissa McLean Davies and Lyn Yates, University of Melbourne, Brenton Doecke, Deakin University, and Wayne Sawyer, Western Sydney University).
He is on the board of management of the ARC LIEF funded AustLIt consortium and is also currently an Australasian team leader for the German BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)/DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)-funded, and University of Tübingen-led, International Thematic Network 'Literary Cultures of the Global South' (2015-18) which includes participants and partners in Germany, Africa, Latin America, India and Australasia.
Philip is a member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.