The Academy Fellows

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has 593 Fellows; 52 are Corresponding Fellows, and 85 are Honorary Fellows.

The approved abbreviation or post-nominal for a Fellow is FAHA.

Fellows may update their record via an online form available in the Fellows' Area.

Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras AO FAHA
Griffith University
Qualifications: BA(Melbourne), BA Hons(ANU), M.Litt(Cantab), PhD(ANU)
Year Elected to the Academy: 1999
Discipline: History, Asian Studies
Expertise: China, especially its ethnic minorities, theatre, and poltical history. Also, Western images of China, Australia-China relations and other countries of East Asia.

Professor Colin Mackerras is expert in foreign affairs and an authority on East Asia, in particular China. He was Foundation Professor in the School of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University until his retirement in 2004, when he was appointed Professor Emeritus. He also held a position (2011-13) as chair professor at Renmin University of China. He had previously held positions as foreign expert for the Beijing Foreign Studies University; Research Scholar for the Department of Far Eastern History at the Australian National University; Chairman of the School of Modern Asian Studies at Griffith University; and Co-Director of the Key Centre for Asian Languages and Studies at Griffith University. Professor Mackerras has been the President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and the President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia; Chairman of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools Taskforce and of the Queensland School Curriculum Council. He has contributed to the script for 'Dragon's Tongue: Communicating in Chinese', a series of nineteen half-hour programs on Chinese language and culture produced by the ABC in association with Griffith University and the Asian Studies Council. In 2015, with Prof Makeham, they became the first Australians to be awarded the Special Book Award of China.

Professor Mackerras's most important sole-authored book publications are:
  1. China’s Ethnic Minorities and Globalisation, RoutledgeCurzon, London and New York, 2003.
  2. The New Cambridge Handbook of Contemporary China, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001.
  3. Western Images of China, Revised Edition, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 1999, first edition 1989.
  4. China’s Minority Cultures: Identities and Integration Since 1912, Longman Australia, Melbourne, St Martin’s Press, New York, 1995.
  5. China’s Minorities: Integration and Modernization in the Twentieth Century, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 1994.
  6. Chinese Drama, A Historical Survey, New World Press, Beijing, 1990.
  7. The Rise of the Peking Opera, 1770–1870, Social Aspects of the Theatre in Manchu China, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1972.
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