Colin is an Australian sinologist and
specialist in Chinese culture. He has published on Chinese drama, national
minorities of China, Australian-Chinese relations and images of China in the
Colin was Chair Professor and Research Scholar at the
Australian National University in 1966-69. He was Professor at the School of
Modern Asian Studies at Griffith University in 1974-2004. At Griffith he served as Chair, School of Modern
Asian Studies (1979-1985) and as Head School of Modern Asian Studies
(1988-89,1996-2000). Since 2004 he has been Professor Emeritus at the
Department of International Business and Asian Studies (Griffith University). He is a member of the Asian Studies Association of
Australia (President,1992-95) and Chinese Studies Association (President,1991-93).
Colin is twin brother of Malcolm Mackerras, a psephologist, and brother of the late
conductor Sir Charles Mackerras (1925-2010).