Ken Gelder is the co-director of the Australian Centre and Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has been a visiting fellow at University College, London, and the University of Edinburgh.
His books include Reading the Vampire (Routledge, 1994), Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (with Jane M. Jacobs: Melbourne University Press MUP, 1998), Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (Routlegde, 2004), Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (Routledge, 2007) and New Vampire Cinema (British Film Institute, 2012). He is also editor of The Horror Reader (Routledge, 2000) and The Subcultures Reader: Second Edition (Routledge, 2007).
Ken is co-author (with Paul Salzman) of two Australian literary histories - The New Diversity: Australian Fiction 1970-1988 (McPhee Gribble, 1989) and After the Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007 (MUP, 2009) - and co-editor (with Rachael Weaver) of four anthologies of colonial popular fiction, covering the Gothic, crime fiction, romance and adventure (all published by MUP).
His most recent books, co-edited and compiled with Rachael Weaver, are The Colonial Journals, and the emergence of Australian literary culture (University of Western Australia Publishing, 2014) and Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy (Sydney University Press, 2017) Ken is currently working on an ARC-funded research project (2017-20) titled Eco-Colonial Australian Literature: Environment, Species, Climate.
Ken is on the editorial boards of the following journals: Gothic Studies, Australian Humanities Review, Adaptations, antiTHESIS, Journal of Popular Romance Studies, Transgressive Culture, and Cine-Excess e-journal. He is also on the editorial board of the International Gothic Series, and the Anthem Australian Humanities Research series.