Nicole Starbuck

Nicole StarbuckNicole Starbuck is a Short-Term Project-to-Publication Research Fellow with the Centre, and was an Associate Investigator (2015) at The University of Adelaide. She completed her BA (Hons) at Monash University and The University of Melbourne before obtaining a PhD, through the ARC Discovery Project ‘The Baudin Legacy: A New History of the French Scientific Voyage to Australia, 1800‒1804’, at The University of Adelaide. She has been teaching in the Discipline of History at The University of Adelaide since 2008. Nicole studies the history of French exploration in the Pacific from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century and focuses mainly on cross-cultural contact, the culture of colonialism and theories about human diversity during the French Revolution. Nicole is also the Senior Research Associate on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Revolutionary Voyaging: Science, Politics and Discovery During the French Revolution (1789‒1804) and author of Baudin, Napoleon and the Exploration of Australia (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013).

University of Adelaide Staff Profile


French Navigations of Aboriginal Family, Culture and Bodies, 1793–1803

Pacific Passions: Explorations of Humanity from the Age of Enlightenment to the French Revolution, 1766–1804

Relevant Publications

Starbuck, N. ‘Ritual Encounters of the ‘Savage’ and the Citizen: French-Revolutionary Ethnographers in Oceania, 1768-1803’.  In Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200‒1920: Family, State and Church, edited by M.L. Bailey and K. Barclay, pp. 123‒43. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.