BA (hons) (Sydney), MA (hons) (Macq), PhD (Qld)

Professor Peter Sutton is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and the Division of Anthropology at the South Australian Museum. He has worked as a linguist since 1969 and as an anthropologist since 1976. He has assisted with over sixty Aboriginal land claims since 1979 and carried out other applied anthropological research, while continuing his academic research and writing, with a focus on the Wik people of Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula. His current research topics include Wik sculpture, Aurukun community history, and the biography of anthropologist Ursula McConnel (1888-1957).

  • Peter Sutton (2009) The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Peter Sutton (2008) Stanner's veil: transcendence and the limits of scientific inquiry, In An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner and Aboriginal Australia. Melinda Hinkson and Jeremy Beckett (eds.). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
  • Peter Sutton & Harold Koch (2008) Australian languages: a singular vision, Journal of Linguistics 44:471-504.
  • Peter Sutton (2008) Stories about feeling: Dutch-Australian contact in Cape York Peninsula, 1606-1756, In Strangers on the Shore: Early Coastal Contacts in Australia pp35-59. Peter Veth, Peter Sutton and Margo Neale (eds.). Canberra: National Museum of Australia Press.
  • Peter Sutton (2005) Science and sensibility on a foul frontier. Flinders Island, 1935, In Donald Thomson: the Man and Scholar, pp143-158. Bruce Rigsby & Nicolas Peterson (eds.). Canberra: The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.