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Senior Lecturer in History, Curtin University

Vannessa Hearman is senior lecturer in History at Curtin University in Australia. She specializes in the history of Southeast Asia, political violence and social movements. She is the author of 'Unmarked Graves: Death and Survival in the Anti-Communist Violence in East Java, Indonesia' (Singapore: NUS Press, 2018). Hearman is currently researching the history of East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia.

Hearman is a NAATI certified Indonesian interpreter and translator and an experienced conference interpreter. She has previously worked as a translator/interpreter with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), in cross-cultural training, and in aid and development with Australian Volunteers International.


  • 2021–present
    Senior lecturer in History, Curtin University
  • 2019–2021
    Senior lecturer in Indonesian Studies, Charles Darwin University
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, Charles Darwin University
  • 2013–2016
    Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, The University of Sydney


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne , PhD Arts (History)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Remembering East Timorese migration: History, memory and identity
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • Australian Historical Association
  • Association of Asian Studies (US)