Staff associated with the Program


Dr David Dunstan (Program Director)

David is a historian, researcher and writer. He has worked in journalism, with government and cultural institutions and in universities. He is a graduate of Monash, Melbourne and RMIT universities and worked with Museum Victoria developing its publications list. He joined Monash University in 1994 and helped to establish its Graduate Publishing Program in 1996. He is a former Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, has a special interest in the history of Australian print media and public policy. He is a research supervisor, a reviewer and contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Dr Louise Poland

Louise completed her doctoral thesis on feminist presses and publishing politics in Australia at Monash University, and is the author of many journal articles and studies of publishing in Australia. In 2010 she co-authored ‘A Case for Literature: the effectiveness of subsidies to Australian publishers’ for the Australia Council, and completed a three-year ARC-funded Discovery project ‘Australian literary publishing and its economies’ at the University of Western Sydney. She has taught in the Monash Graduate Publishing Program since 2003 and in 2011 was appointed Lecturer in Publishing. She is an accredited supervisor of higher degree research.

Ms Nikki Anderson

Nikki Anderson has worked in the literary arena for over a decade, including as a literary agent in Spain and Australia, rights and permissions manager at Lonely Planet Publications and acting publisher at Spinifex Press. As an arts administrator, she has managed writers’ festival programs, assisted writers-in-residence, and planned and executed author tours and exhibitions throughout Asia. She currently freelances as a literary and communications consultant, and manages the Australian Embassy Beijing’s annual Australian Writers Week.

Ms Sandra Loy

Sandra has had extensive experience working in a variety of management roles from production through to editorial and design. As an independent publishing professional she has managed medium to large projects for trade and educational publishers, including Pearson Australia, Penguin, HarperCollins Publishers and ABC Books. The scope of her work includes acquisitioning, concept development, book packaging, print and digital production and writing for non-fiction, illustrated and children’s books. Currently, Sandra is consulting at Pearson Australia Group as part of the workflow content management program.

Ms Trischa Mann

Trischa is an author, editor, indexer and publisher. Her career encompasses professional, managerial and teaching roles in law, publishing and universities. Her industry roles include in-house Tertiary Editor at Longman, and Managing Editor at Pearson Professional. She has worked independently as a freelance editor, indexer and publishing consultant and is the author of several books. She has a special interest in copyright law and is completing a PhD on judicial education.

Ms Fleur Romano

Fleur has over fifteen years’ experience in publishing and corporate communications. A qualified writer, editor and communications consultant, Fleur has been an editorial and production manager for books, websites, annual reports and other corporate publications. She has been a principal copywriter for ASX 100 listed companies and a plain English trainer for in-house technical staff (scientists, lawyers, financial planners, doctors). Fleur owns Refresh Communications, established in 2008. Refresh provides strategic and tactical communications for a wide range of organisations. Fleur is experienced in training in both professional and university settings.

Ms Dana Rowan

Dana Rowan began her professional life as Assistant Editor at Northeastern University Press, Boston. Upon returning to Australia, Dana worked as Senior Editor at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, for four years. She then returned to Melbourne and became a freelance editor, specialising in the humanities (academic) and in particular the visual arts. She has taught copyediting in the Monash Publishing and Editing program since 2001 while continuing to work as a freelancer, and has provided editorial training in various professional contexts.