Maryanne Dever

BA (Hons) UQ, MA (Hons), PhD USyd
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital)

Areas of expertise

  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Literary Studies 2005
  • Library And Information Studies 0807

Research interests

Maryanne's research interests encompass feminist literary & cultural studies and critical archival studies.  Her current research  is on archives, matter and materiality. This appears in her most recent book, Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page (2019). 


Professor Maryanne Dever is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) at the Australian National University. This role involves complementary contributions to excellence in education and excellence in digital infrastructure, working closely with the colleges, schools and University leaders to deliver the University's vision for an exceptional academic digital infrastructure that aligns with the ANU Digital Master Plan.

Maryanne was previously the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UTS. She also served as Deputy Chair and Chair of Academic Board. Her University-level roles at UTS included Executive Director of the LX Transformation, leading the move from Blackboard to Canvas, and leading the shift to online exams in response to COVID-19. She served as Deputy Chair of the University's Teaching and Learning Committee and chaired the working group reviewing the University's Academic Integrity framework. 

Maryanne worked at Monash University as Director of the Centre for Women's Studies & Gender Research in the Faculty of Arts. She has also held appointments at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, and visiting posts at McGill, UCL, and the University of Tampere, Finland.

Maryanne is widely recognised for her research in critical archival studies. Her latest book, Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page, appeared in 2019. Her collection Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research won a 2018 Mander Jones Award from the Australian Society of Archivists. Maryanne also has on-going research interests in the areas of gender, work, and higher education. Her co-edited collection The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency was listed in the Times Higher Education 'Books of the Year 2016'. Her most recent collection is Fashion: New Feminist Essays (2020), co-edited with Ilya Parkins.

She is an experienced and successful mentor having spent many years mentoring early career women academics. Currently, she runs a mentoring scheme for new academic writers as part of her role co-editing the journal, Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

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