Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Alana Piper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Based in the Australian Centre for Public History, her current project (2018-) examines the lives and criminal careers of Australian offenders across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014-2017) at Griffith University attached to the ARC Laureate Fellowship 'The Prosecution Project: Investigating the Criminal Trial in Australian History'. Alana was awarded her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2014 for a thesis entitled 'In Bad Company: Female Criminal Subcultures in Brisbane and Melbourne, 1860-1920'. She has a broad range of interests concerning the social and cultural history of deviance and crime, but is particularly interested in issues of gender and identity.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2014–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Griffith University, Brisbane

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Queensland, PhD (history)

Publications

  • 2018
    "'Us girls won't put one another away': Relations among Melbourne's prostitute pickpockets, 1860-1920," Women's History Review,
  • 2017
    "Versatile offending: Criminal careers of female prisoners in Australia, 1860-1920," Journal of Interdisciplinary History,
  • 2017
    "Book Thieves: Theft and Literary Culture in Nineteenth and Twentieth-century Australia," Cultural and Social History,
  • 2017
    “To judge a thief: How the background of thieves became central to dispensing justice, Western Australia, 1921-1951,” Law & History,
  • 2017
    "Defending the Accused: The Impact of Legal Representation on Criminal Trial Outcomes in Victoria, Australia 1861–1961," Journal of Legal History ,
  • 2017
    "Theft on trial: Prosecution, conviction and sentencing patterns in colonial Victoria and Western Australia," Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology,
  • 2017
    "Access to legal representation by criminal defendants in Victoria, 1861-1961," University of New South Wales Law Journal,
  • 2016
    "'Woman's Special Enemy': Female Enmity in Criminal Discourse during the Long Nineteenth Century," Journal of Social History,
  • 2016
    "The Prosecution Project: understanding the changing criminal trial through digital tools," Law & History Review,
  • 2015
    "Women's Work: The Professionalisation and Policing of Fortune-Telling in Australia," Labour History,
  • 2015
    “'I'll have no man': female families in Melbourne's criminal subcultures, 1860–1920," Journal of Australian Studies,
  • 2015
    "The Special Jury in Australia," Criminal Law Journal,
  • 2014
    "Looking Flash: Disreputable Women’s Dress and 'Modernity', 1870–1910," History Workshop Journal,
  • 2014
    "The Scales of Justice," Criminal Law Journal,
  • 2014
    "'A Menace and an Evil': Fortune-telling in Australia, 1900-1918," History Australia,
  • 2012
    "'I go out worse every time': Connections and corruption in a female prison," History Australia,
  • 2011
    "All the Waters of Lethe: An Experience of Female Alcoholism in Federation Queensland," Queensland Review,
  • 2010
    "'A growing vice': the Truth about Brisbane girls and drunkenness in the early twentieth century," Journal of Australian Studies,