PhD Candidate in History and Politics, James Cook University

My PhD research examines the influence of local governments on development in Northern Australia. The research illuminates the historical impact of local and regional voices on national visions of a developed north. These new perspectives will contribute to informing current debates about the future of the Australian tropics and its role in nation building. Further research interests of mine include Indigenous Australian people's perspectives on northern development and other themes of Australian political history such as federalism, governance, and foreign and strategic defence policies.

I have an undergraduate degree from the United States and have worked in tertiary education, health, hospitality and construction across three continents. I have also completed an honours thesis in military history and a Master of Conflict Management and Resolution, and currently serve in the Australian Army Reserve.


  • 2016–present
    PhD Candidate, James Cook University


  • 2016 
    James Cook University, PhD Candidate


  • 2015
    'A Chain of Fortuitous Circumstances': the sudden rise of a military base in Townsville, History in the Making

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Postgraduate Fellow, The Cairns Institute