Dr Karen Fox is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre of Biography and a Research Editor for the Australian Dictionary of Biography in the School of History.

Karen’s research interests include 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.

Her book, Honouring a Nation: A History of Australia’s Honours System, was published by ANU Press in January 2022. It is the first detailed history of imperial and national honours in Australia.

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The rich history of the Australian honours system

The first detailed history of the Australian honours system reveals key debates that have characterised the institution for…

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