Visitor, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University

I am a Visitor in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, where I was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award in 2012. I have a PhD in performance/theatre studies.

My introduction to museum work stems from my role as researcher for the Memory Museum, a site-specific performance and exhibition commissioned as part of South Australia’s official celebrations for the 2001 Centenary of Federation. Centenary of Federation Director, Robyn Archer, employed theatre professionals to create the Memory Museum.

I was later employed by the National Museum of Australia as a curator of "Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions". In this role, I was granted a travel grant by the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) to speak about my curatorial work at the 2011 FIHRM Conference at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK.

My current research work concerns the representation of traumatic narratives and the history of Forgotten Australians and associated human rights museology and heritage.

In addition to a series of conference presentations and publications, I also provided research and on-camera interview for the docudrama "Westbrook", produced by Graham McNeice, recently aired on Foxtel.

Experience

  • –present
    Visitor, School of History, Australian National University

Education

  • 2002 
    Flinders University of SA, PhD