Natalie Edwards

Professor Natalie Edwards

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, SFHEA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022
  • Section(s): European Languages And Cultures


Natalie Edwards is Professor of French at the University of Adelaide and is an award-winning teacher, researcher and supervisor in French and Francophone literature. She specialises in transnational and migrant literature, multilingual writing and women’s writing. She has published 3 monographs, the most recent of which is Multilingual Life Writing by French and Francophone Women (Routledge 2020), 12 edited volumes and over 40 journal articles and book chapters on contemporary literature in French. She currently holds an ARC DP in transnational French-Australian literature. She has also published on pedagogical innovations in languages, in both undergraduate curricula and postgraduate research. She has won the Stephen Cole the Elder Award (the University of Adelaide’s premier teaching award) twice: once for undergraduate teaching and once for postgraduate supervision. She has won a national Australian Award for University Teaching, and holds Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Natalie is currently President of the Australian Society for French Studies. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of PMLA. At the University of Adelaide, she is former Acting Head of School of Humanities, former Deputy Dean, Research, for the Faculty of Arts, and former Deputy Dean, People and Culture, for the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics at the University of Adelaide. She served 2015-2021 as Director of Graduate Studies for Arts, overseeing approximately 350 PhD and MPhil students in Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Music. She won the Australian Council for Graduate Research’s 2020 Graduate Research Leadership Award for her innovations in this area. She is currently Head of the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol but retains a fractional appointment at the University of Adelaide.

Acknowledgement of Country

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