Dr Jessica White

UQ Amplify Associate Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52982


Dr Jessica White is an ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her project, 'From the Miniature to the Momentous: Georgiana Molloy, Life Writing and Environment in 1830s Western Australia' is an ecobiography that depicts the life of Western Australia botanist Georgiana Molloy (1805-1843), as well as the human and non-human lives with which she interacted.

Jessica is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, A Curious Intimacy (Penguin/Viking 2007) won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award, shortlistings for the Western Australia Premier's award and the Dobbie award for a first published work by an Australian woman writer, and was longlisted for the international IMPAC award. Her second novel, Entitlement, was published by Penguin/Viking in 2012. Her short fiction, essays and poetry have won awards and shortlistings and appeared in a wide range of literary journals. Jessica is also the recipient of funding and residencies from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth century women's writing
  • Ecocriticism
  • Australian literature
  • Gender studies
  • Science communication


  • Bachelor of Creative Arts/Bach Arts (Hon), W.gong
  • Master of Arts in Writing, University of Technology Sydney
  • PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies, University of London


  • White, Jessica (2019). Gardening in the Anthropocene: Wilding, Eco-Memoir and Biodiversity. In Naomi Milthorpe (Ed.), The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times (pp. 71-86) Lanham, MD, United States: Lexington Books.

  • White, Jessica Hearing Maud. Crawley, WA, Australia: University of Western Australia Press, 2019.

  • White, Jessica (2019) K. and the NDIS. Westerly, 7 (Special Issue) DisAbility: 49-58.

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  • White, Jessica Hearing Maud. Crawley, WA, Australia: University of Western Australia Press, 2019.

  • White, Jessica Entitlement. Melbourne VIC: Viking/Penguin, 2012.

  • White, Jessica A Curious Intimacy. Camberwell, Vic., Australia: Viking/Penguin, 2007.

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • White, Jessica (2010) The Sea Lovers. Hobart, Tas, Australia, Island Magazine.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision