I am a PhD candidate at Monash University, researching Australian women’s anti-nuclear activism from 1945 to the 1970s. My expertise is in contemporary Australian history, and my recent work has stretched from Melbourne’s penal history in the late nineteenth century to women’s political activism in the mid-twentieth century. I am interested in women’s political history, and how Australian women engaged in the tumultuous political climate of the Cold War. I am particularly fascinated by expressions of women’s political interests in the decades before the Second Wave feminist movement publicly challenged gender expectations in the 1970s.
I have experience in the GLAM sector, being a volunteer at the Old Treasury Building Museum in Melbourne. In January and February 2019, I undertook work for the Australian War Memorial as part of their Summer Scholars program. For this internship, I was commissioned to write a history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the Mediterranean in WWII. I developed this into a study of the RAN's involvement in the evacuations of Greece and Crete in 1941. Participation in this program gave me valuable experience in a public history institution, and enabled me to develop the skills required to engage the public with historical matters. I also have experience in institutional research projects and working to a research brief, having conducted research in 2017 for the National Trust of Australia, Victoria and the Old Melbourne Gaol tourist site which will be used to update their visitor information displays.
I am the creator and co-host of Women of War, a new podcast with Nicola Ritchie which discusses the complex ways women have been involved in war. Slightly irreverent, mostly factual, and thoroughly interesting, Women of War profiles different women from wars throughout history to answer the question: what were the women doing?
I have presented at many national and international conferences, and have had my work published on The Conversation and the Australian Women's History Network Blog. I have also been interviewed about academia and my work on 3CR's Tuesday Breakfast program, 3RRR's Uncommon Sense and ABC Weekends with Andrea Gibbs.
I am a member of the Australian Historical Association, the Professional Historians Association of Australia (Victoria), Oral History Victoria, the Australian Women's History Network and the Melbourne Feminist History Group. I am also the founder and convenor of the Australian History Reading Group at Monash University and I was a member of the Lilith: A Feminist History Journal Editorial Collective for two years.
I have worked with history for over seven years. I am highly skilled in conducting historical research and communicating that research to a wide audience. I have highly developed writing skills for different audiences—both academic and public—and I am able to effectively conduct long-term, large-scale research projects.