I am an Associate Professor in History in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Before taking up this position in 2012, I was an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University. Prior to that, I assumed the position of Historical Consultant for a child sexual abuse Commission of Inquiry and contributed to the final report, History of Children in State Care, 1860-2004 (Government Publishing SA, Adelaide, 2008).
My research focuses on exploring the tactics and tracing the memory of women involved in intersecting nationalist and feminist campaigns across the British Empire and United States from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth-century.
My major innovation so far has been to insist on the importance of the emotional codes which govern men’s and women’s life experiences in exploring questions about people’s claims to citizenship and their performances of that citizenship. Understanding how women navigated through and around the complex assemblage of physical, ethical and emotional criteria that makes up citizenship is intrinsic to understanding how they made sense of their place in a changing world order – one arising out of the clashing and meshing of imperialist, settler-colonial and anti-colonial aspirations.
I have recently published two research monographs on these themes:
- Remembering Women’s Activism (co-authored Prof. Vera Mackie, Routledge, London, 2019) &
- Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 (Routledge, New York, 2018).
My co-edited collection with Katie Barclay and Peter N. Stearns will be published in early 2020:
- Sources for the History of Emotions: A Guide (Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources).
I have also contributed chapters on the emotions of protest and of intersectional identities.
My new project, Memory-Keepers: Women Activists’ Strategies to Document their History and Preserve their Own Memory
, has been awarded a 2020 National Library of Australia Research Fellowship.
I am the Deputy Editor of the international journal, Women's History Review, Editorial Board of the AWHN’s journal, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, Committee Member of the Irish Studies Association of Australia & New Zealand (ISAANZ)
I am also past National Co-Convenor of the Australian Women’s History Network (AWHN) and UOW’s Feminist Research Network, and past recipient of the AWHN’s award for the best article by an Early Career Researcher on women’s history in Australia.