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Jennifer Debenham

Academic - History, University of Newcastle

Jennifer is currently a sessional tutor in Australian History and Sociology. Her special interests are mythology in history, representation, memory, gender, race and class in Australian and international history over a range of time periods. An anthropological understanding of historical issues steers the perspectives in her inquiry. Currently she is a Senior Research Assistant with the Centre for the History of Violence at University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus. Her current research is considering the way Aboriginal Australians have been represented on documentary film. The Australia Day Regatta, co-authored with Dr Christine Cheater, was released early in 2014 by NewSouth Publishing.


  • 2005–present
    Assistant lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • 2013–present
    Senior Research Assistant, University of Newcastle - Centre for the History of Violence


  • 2013 
    University of Newcastle, PhD - History
  • 2004 
    University of Newcastle, B.Arts Honours Class 1 - History


  • 2014
    The Australia Day Regatta, New South Press. ISBN: 9781742234021. (with Dr Christine Cheater)
  • 2006
    Stationary Cameras and Stilted Views: Technology, Anthropology and the Construction of Race at the Turn of the Twentieth century, Boucher, L; Carey, J; Ellinghaus, K (eds.) Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity, Melbourne: RMIT Publishing in Association with School of Historical Studies University of Melbourne, 2007: 436 – 444. EISBN: 9781921166808 <;dn=872301956200137;res=IELIND>
  • 2005
    Making Connections: a dialogue about learning and teaching in a tertiary enabling program, Australian Journal of Adult Learning April Vol 45:1, 82-105 (with Dr Josephine May)
  • 2005
    All the President’s Men: National Myth and Memory, Film and History, 2004-2005 Film & History CD-ROM Annual [CD-ROM] eds. Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor, Deborah A. Carmichael. Published: Tulsa, Okla.: James Digital Pub., 2005 ISBN:0974690538

Professional Memberships

  • Member Professional Historians Association, NSW
  • Member Australian Historical Association
  • International Australian Studies Association