Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Studies Group, University of the Free State

Ana Stevenson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa. In 2015, she completed her Ph.D. thesis, entitled: "The Woman-Slave Analogy: Rhetorical Foundations in American Culture, 1830-1900." Her research interests include women’s history, transnational women’s suffrage, and the development of feminist rhetoric in social movements during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Suffrage Postcard Project ( is a digital humanities initiative she has developed with Dr. Kristin Allukian from the University of South Florida, USA.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Studies Group, University of the Free State
  • 2014–2015
    Visiting Scholar, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh


  • 2015 
    The University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2009 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts (Hons I)
  • 2008 
    Central Queensland Univeristy, Bachelor of Communication (dist.)


  • 2018
    Harriet Clisby’s ‘Sketches of Australia’: Travel Writing and Colonial Refigurations in Boston’s Woman’s Journal, Women's History Review
  • 2018
    The Gender-Apartheid Analogy in the Transnational Feminist Imaginary: Ms. Magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation, 1972-2002, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies
  • 2017
    The ‘Great Doctrine of Human Rights’: Articulation and Authentication in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. Antislavery and Women’s Rights Movements, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development
  • 2017
    'Bloomers' and the British World: Dress Reform in Transatlantic and Antipodean Print Culture, 1851-1950, Cultural & Social History
  • 2015
    'Sitting in Cages': Imagining Victorian Women in Neo-Victorian Film Musicals, Victorianomania: Reimagining, Refashioning, and Rewriting Victorian Literature and Culture
  • 2014
    ‘Symbols of Our Slavery’: The Rhetoric of Dress Reform in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal
  • 2013
    Making Gender Divisive: ‘Post-Feminism,’ Sexism and Media Representations of Julia Gillard, Burgmann Journal

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Short-Term Fellow
    Funding Source:
    New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Australia New Zealand American Studies Association
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • Australian Women's History Network