Karen Fox is a research fellow in the National Centre of Biography and research editor for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Karen joined the NCB in 2011, after completing her PhD at the Australian National University and her MA at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her PhD thesis was a study of the shifting ways in which ideas about race, gender, and nation were reflected and constructed in print media depictions of prominent Aboriginal and Maori women during the second half of the twentieth century. Her MA thesis was a history of knighthoods and damehoods in New Zealand since 1917, with particular emphasis on the awarding of titles to women. Karen has taught Australian and imperial history and biography at the Australian National University, and her research has appeared in the Women’s History Review, History Australia, and Aboriginal History. Karen has two current major research projects, a history of the Australian honours system and a history of fame in Australia since Federation.
Karen’s research interests include twentieth-century Australian and New Zealand history, imperial and colonial history, gender and feminist history, media history, the history of fame and celebrity, and biography and life writing.
Fox, K 2014, 'An 'imperial hangover'? Royal Honours in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, 1917-2009', Britain and the World, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 6-27.
Fox, K 2014, 'Ornamentalism, Empire and Race: Indigenous Leaders and Honours in Australia and New Zealand', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 486-502.
Fox, K 2013, ''A pernicious system of caste and privilege' Egalitarianism and official honours in Australia, New Zealand and Canada', History Australia, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 202-226.
Fox, K 2013, 'A City and its People: Canberra in the ADB', Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/essay/7.
Fox, K 2012, ''Housewives' Leader Awarded MBE': Women, Leadership and Honours in Australia', in Rosemary Francis, Patricia Grimshaw and Ann Standish (ed.), Seizing the Initiative Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities, University of Melbourne, EScholarship Research Centre, pp. 171-184.
Fox, K 2012, 'Globalising Indigeneity? Writing Indigenous Histories in a Transnational World', History Compass, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 423-439.
Fox, K 2012, 'Representing Lives', in Keir Wotherspoon and Erik Ropers (ed.), Written into History - Celebrating Fifty Years of the Melbourne Historical Journal, 1961-2011, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 425-426.
Fox, K 2012, 'An Encounter With The White World of Wimbledon: Evonne Goolagong and Representations of Race and Gender in Australia', in Keir Wotherspoon and Erik Ropers (ed.), Written into History - Celebrating Fifty Years of the Melbourne Historical Journal, 1961-2011, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 427-442.
Fox, K 2012, 'Knights and Dames in Australia', Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/essay/2.
Fox, K 2012, 'Matriarchs, Moderates and Militants: Press Representations of Indigenous Women in Australia and New Zealand', Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in the Asia and the Pacific, no. 28, 13pp, http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue28/fox.htm.
Fox, K 2010, 'Grand Dames and Gentle Helpmeets: women and the royal honours system in New Zealand, 1917-2000', Women's History Review, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 375-393.
Fox, K 2009, 'Rosalie Kunoth-Monks and the making of Jedda', Aboriginal History, vol. 33, no. 2009, pp. 77-95.
Fox, K 2008, 'Oodgeroo Noonuccal: Media Snapshots of a Controversial Life', in Peter Read, Frances Peters-Little, Anna Haebich (ed.), Indigenous Biography and Autobiography, ANU ePress, Canberra, Australia, pp. 57-68.
Fox, K 2007, 'An Encounter with the White world of Wimbledon: Evonne Goolagong and Representations of Race and Gender in Australia', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 35, pp. 35-49.
Fox, K & Pickles, K 2005, 'Success in Their Own Right: Dames on Top of the New Zealand Royal Honours System, 1917-2000', History Now, vol. 11, no. 1 & 2, pp. 24-30.
HIST8011 Writing Biography (2015 and 2016)