Deakin University Staff

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Associate Professor Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning Australian prose-poet, critic and scholar. She is an expert on prose poetry, contemporary public intellectuals in academe and poets as public intellectuals, especially hibakusha poets. Most recently, Cassandra was a Visiting Scholar in English at Harvard University sponsored by Professor Stephen Greenblatt and she was a Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo in 2014. She has published nineteen critical and creative books (with six more in progress) and has been invited to edit ten special editions of leading refereed journals.  She is currently writing Prose Poetry: An Introduction with Professor Paul Hetherington for Princeton University Press. Read more>>

Dr Greg Burgess is a Senior Lecturer in History and the Honours Co-ordinator for the School of History, Heritage and Society. Greg’s research concerns the history of refugees, citizenship, belong and exclusion in modern France since the Revolution. His publications examine issues pertaining to responses to political refugees and foreign nationals. Read more>>


Dr Rebecca Cairns researches school history curriculum and the history of Asia-related education policy in Australia. As a lecturer in the Deakin School of Education she specialises in teaching Humanities education, curriculum and the sociology of education. Prior to this she taught History and English in secondary schools and completed a Master of Education in Studies of Asia, where she developed expertise in 20th century Chinese History.

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Dr Kirstie Close-Barry is a lecturer, tutor and research fellow at Deakin University, lecturing on Indigenous Australian histories, a historical methodology unit and sex and gender history. Recently, Kirstie has extended her research into new areas and projects most significantly with work on Papua New Guinean history. Since completing her PhD, Kirstie has been teaching PNG history to students at the Pacific Adventist University, as detailed in her blog. Kirstie has been awarded two research degrees (MA, awarded 2009, University of Melbourne; PhD, awarded 2014, Deakin University), with the latter examining the racial and cultural divisions in Fiji through a history of the Methodist mission between 1900 and 1964. In 2014-2015, Kirstie has presented at several international and domestic conferences, including the University of Copenhagen (for which she received a bursary to attend), National Taiwan University and Taitung University, and Australian Catholic University. Read more>>

COOKE, SDr Steven Cooke is a cultural and historical geographer with interests in heritage, memory and identity, particularly the management of dark or dissonant heritage, Holocaust museums, memorials and sites, and Historic Urban Landscapes. Read More>>



Associate Professor Clare Corbould is a historian of the United States with expertise in African American politics and culture. She has also published work on the transnational development of ideas about race and practices of racism and resistance in the US and Australia. Read more>>


Dr Joanna Cruickshank is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Joanna teaches units in the field of gender, Pacific and Indigenous history, and her research examines the role of religion in British and Australian history. Joanna is the Reviews Co-Editor of the Journal of Religious History. Read more>>


Dr Donna-Lee Frieze is Genocide studies scholar, specializing in memory and aftermath studies. Donna is a Research Fellow and teaches the Holocaust at Deakin University and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University. She taught a graduate unit, Genocide, for over 10 years and has published widely on the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and the Bosnian genocides in relation to testimony, film and philosophy. Donna is the past First Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and a Board member for the Institute for the Study of Genocide, New York University.

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Associate Professor Helen Gardner teaches twentieth century international history; race, science and religion in the formation or denial of citizenship in Australasia in the late 19th century and the decolonisation of Melanesia. Helen’s research is on local and global histories of race, mission, colonialism and decolonisation in Australia and the Pacific Islands throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Read more>>

Dr Carolyn Holbrook is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, working on a cultural history of Australians’ attitudes towards their federation and democratic institutions. Her other major project is a collaboration with Professor James Walter at Monash University about the history of Australian public policy since the 1940s, with a particular focus on indigenous, refugee, housing and employment policies. Carolyn’s book about the history of how Australians have remembered the First World War, Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography, was published in 2014, and her co-edited collection with Keir Reeves, The Great War: Aftermath and Commemoration, will be published by UNSW Press in November 2019. Read more>>

Dr Tony Joel

Associate Professor Tony Joel is Senior Lecturer in History and Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Tony primarily teaches the Holocaust as well as sport in history. He is a recipient of an OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Tony is part of the Editorial and Management Committee for the Australian Policy and History Network. Read more>>

KIDU, C profile pic 2Dame Carol Kidu, (a teacher by profession) retired from Papua New Guinea Parliament in 2012 after 15 years in politics.  She was the Minister for Community Development for 9 years and finished her political career as Leader of the Opposition.   She focused on legislative and policy reform for social development in PNG with a human rights based approach to development and a focus on marginalised and/or vulnerable populations. Read more>>

KINROSS-Smith G profile pic.JPGGraeme Kinross-Smith is an Honorary Fellow in Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus. He has long appeared nationally and overseas as poet, novelist, writer of prize-winning short fiction and best-selling literary biography, as well as being essayist and writer of memoir, creative non-fiction, life writing, and sports history. Read more>>


CHRG_DLoweProfile2015Professor David Lowe is Chair in Contemporary History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. David is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network and a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board, advising the Australian Foreign Minister with respect to the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy Series. Read more>>

Dr. Christopher Mayes is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow based in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. Chris’s research interests include the history and philosophy of medicine, sociology of food, and political theory.  

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Professor David McCooey teaches Literary Studies and Professional & Creative Writing in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, and supervises Honours and postgraduate students. David’s work has been published in both national and international journals. In 1996, David’s critical work Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Read more>>


Dr Alyson Miller is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction micro-literature, and a Lecturer in Writing and Literature. Her scholarly and creative research focuses on scandal and taboo. Her edited collection of critical essays on the atomic bomb, The Unfinished Atomic Bomb: Shadows and Reflections (Rowman and Littlefield), was published in early 2018. She has also co-authored, with Associate Professor Cassandra Atherton and artist Phil Day, a series of illustrated prose-poems, Pika-Don (Mountains Brown Press, 2018), funded by an Arts Victoria grant, and sole-authored two collections of prose poems: Dream Animals (2014) with Dancing Girl Press, and  Strange Creatures (2019), with Recent Work Press. Read more>>


Mozuri profile picDr Kristine Moruzi is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Her most recent book, Children’s Voices from the Past: New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, was co-edited with Nell Musgrove and Carla Pascoe Leahy. Previous publications include From Colonial to Modern: Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Print Culture (1840-1940) (2018) and Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press (2014). She is currently working on a project on The Charitable Child: Children and Philanthropy in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.  Read more>> 

Professor Klaus Neumann has written about Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and German cultures and pasts, memories and histories. His books include, among others, Not the Way It Really Was (1992),Shifting Memories (2000), Refuge Australia (2004), winner of the 2004 Human Rights Award (Non-Fiction), and Across the Seas (2015), about Australia’s historical response to refugees, which won the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize. Klaus has also written radio plays and numerous articles, and is a regular contributor to Inside Story. Most recently, he has been working on five issues: responses to refugees and asylum seekers; historical justice; the politics of compassion; the evolution of the right to asylum; and the collections of national and state libraries in multicultural societies.  Read more>>

Mr Michael Piggott joined an ARC research team as Senior Research Fellow in March 2018. The project focuses on the policies and collections of three state libraries (SA, Vic and NSW) and the National Library as they relate to multicultural Australia.  He will be based at the National Library for the next 12 months, focussing particularly on its collections, developing and applying a methodology to assess the extent to which they reflect culturally and linguistically diverse people and communities in Australia. Read more>>

Dr Sarah Pinto lectures and teaches Australian History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Sarah is the co-convenor of the Melbourne Feminist History Group and is the Exhibition and Film Reviews Editor of History Australia. Read more>>



Dr Maria Quirk is an historian and curator of art and women’s history. She has taught British and world history at the University of Queensland, and undertaken research fellowships and projects at the State Library of Queensland and Queensland’s Supreme Court Library.

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Dr Jonathan Ritchie is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr Ritchie’s research has concentrated on how the modern history of PNG is understood by Papua New Guineans themselves. He is currently engaged in a number of research projects employing oral history methodologies, under the broad overall heading ‘War, Independence, and Leadership in Papua New Guinea’. Read more>>


Profile of Dr Alexandra RoginskiDr Alex Roginski is a research fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Her work spans the history of science, anthropology and heritage studies, and she completed her PhD through the ANU in 2018 with a thesis examining the history of popular phrenology in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Dr Tiffany ShellamDr Tiffany Shellam teaches Australian Indigenous history and sex and gender in Australian history. Her research focuses on the development of relationships between Aboriginal Australians and newcomers in the 19th century, particularly during exploration expeditions, in fledgling settlements and on mission stations.  Tiffany’s research projects seek to unearth Aboriginal agency and strategies for coping with colonisation. Read more>>

singh-p-profile-imageDr Pawan Singh received his PhD in Communication from the University of California San Diego in 2015. His scholarship is situated at the intersection of media and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality and human rights scholarship. Read more>>


Dr Filip Slaveski’s research is based on declassified Soviet archival sources relevant to his major interests of Soviet occupations in post-war Eastern Europe, particularly in Germany and the post-war reconstruction of the Soviet Union itself. Filip has collaborated on international research projects investigating Soviet famine in 1946-47 and its impact on Eastern Europe and the demobilisation of the Red Army from 1945. Read more>>

Maria TakolanderCHRGImageAssociate Professor Maria Takolander teaches Literary Studies and Professional & Creative Writing in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. Maria supervises Honours and postgraduate students in Literary Studies and Creative Writing. Read more>>


TALIADOROS, J profile picDr Jason Taliadoros is a Senior Lecturer at the Deakin Law School and holds undergraduate degrees in law, arts, and history (with honours), as well as a PhD from the University of Melbourne. More recently Jason was awarded a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education from Deakin University.  Read more>>


Dr Ann Vickery is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University and Faculty of Arts and Education Honours co-ordinator in 2018. She is currently working on a project investigating maternal legacies, the archival uncanny, and cultural repair in contemporary poetry and another project on women writers and artists of the early New York School. Read more>>

Associate Professor Chris WatersDr Chris Waters teaches twentieth-century world history, the history of Australia’s involvement in the two world wars, and Australian political history. He has published widely in national and international journals. Chris also serves as both the Discipline Convenor for History at Deakin and the Executive Leader of the Contemporary Histories Research Group. Read more>>

Dr Bart ZiinoDr Bart Ziino teaches twentieth-century world history, and Australia in the two World Wars. Bart is an historian of Australian experiences of the First World War, and memory and commemoration of war in Australia and abroad.  His first book, A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War was published in 2007. Read more>>