Researcher biography

I am an Australian historian whose work focuses on sexuality, medicine and the law. I am interested in the ways these authoritative discourses intersect around the body. My current work focuses on sexual violence, including sexual assaults on women and children.

I have published widely on sexual crimes, including child sexual abuse and rape in marriage. I am the author of two monographs, Let’s Talk About Sex: Histories of Sexuality in Australia from Federation to the Pill, and Sex Crimes in the 1950s (co-authored with Andy Kaldelfos). The latter was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize in 2017. I have published extensively in international and local journals in history and gender studies, including articles in Gender and History, Women’s History Review, Feminist Legal Studies, Australian Historical Studies and The Journal of the History of Sexuality.  My work is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “Sexual Offences, Legal Responses and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s”, held with Andy Kaladelfos, Carolyn Strange and the late Nina Westera.

Featured projects Duration
Sexual Offences, Legal Responses and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s
ARC Discovery Project
Medicine, Law and Gender in Australian History
Summer Research Scholarship