Dr Sarah-Jane Burton

BA Communication, MA English, PhD English (University of Wollongong)
Research Fellow, English & Graduate Attribute Lead (Indigenous Knowledges and Perspectives)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Literary Studies 2005
  • North American Literature 200506
  • Archival, Repository And Related Studies 210201
  • Materials Conservation 210203
  • Historical Studies 2103
  • North American History 210312
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 3901

Research interests

Mid-twentieth century American poetry and society; New England (US) and Boston specific history, literature and culture; topographical and regional writing; literary and artistic groups and collectives; archival research and preservation. 


Sarah-Jane's research is focused on twentieth-century American poetry with a particular interest in the literary history of New England and the study and preservation of archival materials related to this period.

She is the Official Historian for the New England Poetry Club in Boston, MA and her research has been funded internationally by several universities. In 2019 she was a Research Fellow at the Houghton Library, Harvard. She has also been the recipient of an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship at the Lilly Library, Indiana University and a Dissertation Grant from the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, Harvard.

She has worked in both academic and professional roles in the tertiary sector including the English department at Macquarie University, Sydney and the Library division of Western Sydney University.

SJ is passionate about regional outreach for universities along with the incorporation of Indigenous Australian knowledges and perspectives into university curricula. She is currently leading the development of the ANU's graduate attribute programming for Indigenous knowledges in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Prior to working in academia Sarah-Jane was a journalist in the field of lifestyle media.


Researcher's projects

Pursuing Prosody: One Hundred Years of the New England Poetry Club

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