Professor Imelda Whelehan was appointed Dean, Higher Degree Research at The Australian National University in January 2017. Previously she held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Training & Dean of Graduate Research at the University of Tasmania, where she was also Professor in English and Gender Studies. Prior to moving to Australia in 2011 she was Head of Research and Research Students for the Faculty of Arts at De Montfort University, as well as being Director of the Centre for Adaptations. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education. She holds PhD and Masters degrees from the University of Nottingham (UK) and a Bachelor honours degree from the University of Kent (UK).
Professor Whelehan's research interests are in the fields of women's writing, feminism, popular culture and literary adaptations. Major publications include Modern Feminist Thought (1995), Overloaded (2000), Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary: A Reader's Guide (2002) The Feminist Bestseller (2005), and Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema (with Deborah Cartmell, 2010). With Cartmell she co-edited Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text (1999), The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen (2007) and Teaching Adaptations (2014). She has co-edited Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (2014) with Joel Gwynne. Whelehan has had research funded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK), British Academy (UK), and the Office of Learning and Teaching in Australia, and has been Peer Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and European Research Council. She is co-editor of Adaptation (Oxford University Press), Trustee and former Chair of the Association of Adaptation Studies.
Forthcoming publications include the second edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies (with Jane Pilcher, 2016) and Reading Lena Dunham's Girls (co-edited with Meredith Nash, 2017). Ongoing projects include work on post-war Hollywood adaptations, rural romance and Australian adaptations.