Dr Ruth Blair

Honorary Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Ruth Blair’s research interests include Melville; the Pacific; and Environmental writing.

Her current research includes environmentalism and literary studies, and American and Australian environmental writing.

She is the author of articles on Herman Melville and early writing about the Pacific, and the editor of: Oxford World's Classics edition of Melville's Typee.


  • PhD, C'nell
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Literary Studies, The University of Queensland
  • Diploma of Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland


  • Blair, Ruth (2015). Introduction: why pastoral?. Australian Literary Studies, 30 (2), 1-10. doi: 10.20314/als.344f7e39e4

  • Blair, Ruth (2015). Amanda Lohrey's Vertigo: an Australian postoral. Australian Literary Studies, 30 (2), 117-131. doi: 10.20314/als.3eba9632b6

  • Blair, Ruth (2013). Review of The Soul of the Desert. Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, 2 (2012/2013), 107-108.

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  • (2006) Master Philosophy

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Blair, R. M., Robertson, J. and Kato, K. (2001). Myth management, image-making and whaling. Situating the Environment at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, 15-16 February 2001. St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision