Doctor Robert Phiddian is Head of the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Flinders University, and is also the Convenor for Postgraduate Studies in English and Drama.
Doctor Phiddian’s research interests include Jonathan Swift, late seventeenth and early eighteenth literature and culture, parody, and, most recently, much of his attention has been focused on Australian political satire. He is the author of Swift's Parody (1995) and his essay “A Name to Conjure with: Games of Verification and Identity in the Bickerstaff Controversy” has been awarded the Richard Rodino Prize for 1996. He is currently working on a biography of political cartoonist Bruce Petty.
Doctor Phiddian is Director of the Flinders Humanities Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange.