Jan Gothard is Associate Professor in Australian history at Murdoch University. She teaches units in Australian/Asian relations; oral history and interviewing; and Australian environmental history. Gothard has three daughters and lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. She has had a long-term interest in disability since the birth of her daughter with Down syndrome in 1992.
Gothard has had a longstanding interest in oral history and she is the former editor of Oral History Association of Australia Journal.