BA (hons) (Adelaide), PhD (ANU)
History, Heritage And Archaeology

Formerly Professor of Australian Studies at the School of Australian and International Studies, Deakin University, Professor David Walker was appointed as BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University from end February 2013.

Professor Walker specialises in the historical examination of Australian responses to Asia. His recently published book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850-1939, University of Queensland Press, 1999 was awarded the Ernest Scott prize for the best history of Australia or New Zealand published in 1999/2000. He served as a consultant to the Australian Studies program at Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, from 1986 to 1993 and has contributed to the development of Australian Studies programs in Jiangsu province, PR China and at Shiga University, Japan. In 1997/98 he held the Monash Chair of Australian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

  • Laksiri Jayasuriya, David Walker and Jan Gothard (eds.) (2003) Legacies of White Australia: Race, Culture and Nation. Perth: University of Western Australia Press.
  • David Walker (2002) Survivalist Anxieties: Australian Responses to Asia, 1890s to the Present, Australian Historical Studies, volume 33, number 120, 319-330 .
  • David Walker (2001) Studying the Neighbours: the Asian Collections, In Remarkable Occurrences: The National Library of Australia's First 100 Years 1901-2001. Peter Cochrane (eds.). Canberra: National Library of Australia.
  • David Walker (1999) Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850-1939. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.
  • Ros Pesman, David Walker and Richard White (eds.) (1996) The Oxford Book of Australian Travel Writing. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • David Walker (1976) Dream and Disillusion: A Search for Australian Cultural Identitiy. Canberra: Australian National University Press.