BA Honours (1st) Anthropology and Comparative Sociology (Macquarie); PhD Anthropology (USyd).
Professor Jennifer L Biddle is Associate Dean Engagement and Impact for UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture.
Biddle joined UNSW in 2007, recruited as a VC Strategic Research Appointment (SPF) from the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, where she taught interdisciplinary approaches to the comparative study of culture. She is founding Director of Visual Anthropology & Visual Culture, NIEA, UNSW School of Art & Design; an international program specialising in Indigenous and Asia Pacific research, one of only a few programs in Australia to support ethnographic and practice-led research as a basis for creative and critical research innovation in the arts. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, former Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, she is currently a Chief Investigator on two internationally collaborative ARC and SSHRC funded research projects. She is acting member of the ARC’s College of Experts (2019-2021). In 2022-2023, she is Gough Whitlam and Malcom Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University.
An anthropologist with a background in linguistics, she has worked with northern Warlpiri in Lajamanu for over two decades, and more recently, in partnership with (select) Central and Western Desert community art organisations. Her most recent monograph, Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation, was published by Duke University Press. and models the importance of new and emergent desert Aboriginal aesthetics as an art of survival.