Anne Maxwell is Associate Professor in the English Program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She was born in Auckland, NZ and graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA and MA. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has published numerous articles on colonial and postcolonial literature and colonial photography and is the author of Colonial Photography and Exhibitions (2000), Picture Imperfect: Photography and Eugenics (2008) and co-editor of Shifting Focus: Colonial Australian Photography 1860-1920 forthcoming Australian Scholarly Press, 2014. She is currently writing a book about early women photographers of the Asia-Pacific.