Dr Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri woman from South-west New south Wales. Formerly a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Studies, she currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University.
In 2010, Jeanine’s first volume of poetry,Dark Secrets After Dreaming: AD 1887-1961 won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry from the Australian Poets’ Union and her manuscript, Purple Threads won the David Unaipon Award at the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing.
Jeanine has published widely on settler representations of Aboriginal Australians in literature, teaching Aboriginal literature and Aboriginal writing as an important site of personal, national and collective memory.
In 2013 she was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Fellowship that looks at contemporary Aboriginal writing and story telling through the David Unaipon Award.