Vannessa Hearman is lecturer in Indonesian Studies at Charles Darwin University. She is a historian of Southeast Asia. Her research interests are in the area of history, memory, and social activism and movements, particularly related to Timor-Leste and Indonesia. She is completing a monograph on the anti-communist violence in East Java to be published by NUS Press, and is currently researching the history of Timorese asylum seekers in Australia.
Vannessa is a NAATI accredited 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.