I am based within the School of History at Australian National University, where I am researching a doctoral thesis on phrenology, the discredited science and practice of equating a person's head shape with their character and intellect. Titled 'A Touch of Power: Encounters in Australian Popular Phrenology', my project spans more than a century, from the mid-nineteenth century until present day, when we are still grappling with legacies of phrenology such as the collections of human remains amassed by phrenologists.
Broadly situated within the discipline of Australian history, my work also incorporates Aboriginal history, history of science, ethnography, museum studies and social, cultural and intellectual history.
I am a member of the Centre for Environmental History at ANU and a Research Associate of Monash University.
I am a graduate of Monash University (BA/LLB, Postgrad Dip in Arts (Research)).
Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked for a decade in media and communications, contributing to publications including 'The Age' and the 'Big Issue'. As a result of this work experience, I continue to be passionate about communicating my research to a general audience in a lively, thought-provoking way.
My book, 'The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery', will be published in May 2015 by Monash University Press.