Matilda is an academic and advanced doctoral candidate based at the Australian Centre for Public History, University of Technology, Sydney Australia.

Their PhD research is an interdisciplinary project examining the role and uses of history education in transitional justice (state redress processes) since the 1980s, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Anna ClarkAssoc. Prof. Tamson Pietsch, and Prof. Marnie Hughes-Warrington.

Matilda currently teaches in Communications at UTS and Education at the University of Sydney.


Matilda’s research has been published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Springer Handbook for Historical Studies in Education, Agora, and is forthcoming in 2020 in Curriculum Inquiry, International Journal for the Historiography of Education/Bildungsgeschichte. They also have an edited volume, Historical Justice and History Education forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan. Matilda is presently guest editor (with Beth Marsden, La Trobe University) of a special issue of History of Education Review on the theme of historical justice.

Matilda is Reviews Editor for the History of Education Review and Graduate Student Representative for the Australia New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES). In 2020, they are on the organising committee for the ANZHES conference with Prof. Julie McLeod, A/Prof. Helen Proctor and Beth Marsden.

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Background and Experience

Matilda holds a Bachelor of International Relations (BIR) and Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class and University Medal, History), both from La Trobe University.

In 2018-19, Matilda was Endeavour Postgraduate Research Scholar at Umeå University, Sweden where they worked with Professor Daniel Lindmark in the Educational History and History Didactics Research Group exploring Swedish-Australian uses of history in processes of transitional justice. In June 2019, we hosted an international conference ‘Historical Justice and History Education’ at Umeå University. In 2021, together with Björn Norlin and Henrik Åstrom Elmersjö, they will publish an edited monograph with Palgrave Macmillan entitled Historical Justice and History Education.

Matilda has received numerous awards/fellowships for their research including; an Endeavour Postgraduate Research Fellowship 2018-19, Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellowship 2019, and D.M. University Medal and John A. Salmond Prize both from La Trobe University in 2014.

Matilda has taught in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2019, and lectured in History and Education at the Australian Catholic University, where they were Lecturer-in-charge (LIC) for the subject ‘Education in History’ (EDBA203) in 2018-2019. Matilda has also lectured and led seminars in History and Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University in 2016-18.

Matilda is a member of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) and the Australia New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES).

From 2012 -2017, Matilda worked at the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria in various roles including as Online Learning Coordinator and national coordinator of the Simpson Prize.