Harry Aveling specializes in Indonesian and Malay literature, and Translation Studies. Besides publishing widely in translation theory, he has translated extensively from Indonesian, Malay, and French (Francophone writing from Vietnam), and co-translated from Hindi. In 1991 he was awarded the Anugerah Pengembangan Sastera by the Federation of Malay Writers Associations (GAPENA) for his contribution to the international recognition of Malay literature; he was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award in Translation 2003 and 2007. He has served as Dean of the School of Humanities, Murdoch University, Western Australia. He has also been the Treasurer of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and the Cultural Studies Association of Australia, and most recently President of AALITRA, the Australian Association for Literary Translation.
Harry Aveling has held the rank of Adjunct Professor at Ohio University since 2002 and continues to teach on a regular basis in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He is an Honorary Research Associate in Translation Studies at Monash University, and in 2006 and 2007 served as Visiting Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Indonesia. He is also a Member of the Doctoral Studies Committee for the Faculty of English Linguistics and Literature, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and taught there in the latter part of 2008.