John Fitzgerald

Professor Emeritus John Fitzgerald

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AM
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2000
  • Section(s): History, Asian Studies


John Fitzgerald is Emeritus Professor at Swinburne University of Technology. Before joining Swinburne in 2013 John served five years as Representative of The Ford Foundation in Beijing where he directed the Foundation’s China operations. Prior to this he held various professorial positions at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne.

His research interests centre on Chinese politics and history; philanthropy and social investment in Australia, USA, China and Asia; and multiculturalism and Chinese diaspora in Australia.

John has held honorary positions in the Asian Studies Association of Australia, the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, the Melbourne China Study Group, and the Asia Education Foundation. He has also worked in an advisory capacity with National Library of Australia, the Australian Research Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

John was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of The Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2020 Honours List.

Acknowledgement of Country

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