Research Interests and Expertise
– The uses of history in contemporary societies
– The politics of history teaching, citizenship education, and national history
– Historical justice and reconciliation in divided societies
My doctoral research is an interdisciplinary project examining the role and uses of history education in transitional justice (state redress processes) in Australia since the 1980s. It analyses the ways that histories of authorised wrong-doing (state crimes) have been, and are currently, represented in Australian history curricula and educational materials. I use an historical approach including methods such as archival research, curriculum and policy analysis. The research is anchored in historiography, historical theory, and history education.
2018-19 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship
In 2018-19, I conducted a 12-month research project in the Educational History and History Didactics Research Group at Umeå University in Sweden. This project will focus on the uses of history in processes of transitional justice in a Swedish-Australian comparative context with a particular focus on history education.
In June 2019, I travelled to University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) to participate in Curriculum Inquiry‘s 2019 Writers’ Retreat. I’m currently developing an article-length manuscript on the topic of history curriculum and historical justice and working with faculty mentors from OISE.