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Senior Research Professor, Curtin University

John Curtin Distinguished Professor Anna Haebich is a leading Australian historian known for her innovative research in Indigenous histories, performing and visual arts, assimilation, crime and gender, immigration, race and environmental humanities. She has received numerous awards and honors. Judges for the 2019 Prime Minister Literary Awards described Anna as “one of our nation's great interpreters of our collective Indigenous and Australian settler histories. She personifies the spirit of reconciliation, ethical research, commitment, and generosity’, and described her shortlisted book Dancing in Shadows Histories of Nyungar Performance as ‘a tour de force, as it presents a wonderfully nuanced history of Nyungar performative responses to European invasion, incursions, dispossession, and various other interactions.” Anna is a Research Professor at Curtin University, Western Australia where she leads the ARC project Ancestors Words: Nyungar Letter Writing in the Archives 1860-1960 and is a research team member for the ARC project Healing Land Healing People: Novel Nyungar Perspectives.

Anna Haebich is an award-winning author and historian. Her research into histories of Aboriginal public performance in Western Australia is providing new understandings of cultural sustainability and community wellbeing. She is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University. Her most recent book is A Boy’s Short Life with Steve Mickler (UWA Press, 2013). Anna is part of an extended Noongar family through her partner Darryl Kickett.


  • –present
    Senior Research Professor, Curtin University


Member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Australian Academy of Social Sciences