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Dr Jessica Lake is a Research Fellow in the Gender and Women's History Research Centre at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. She is a interdisciplinary scholar, researching in the areas of legal history, gender and media law (privacy and defamation). In 2018, her book, "The Face that Launched a Thousand Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy" (Yale University Press, 2016) was shortlisted for for the W.K Hancock Prize (for the best first book in any field of history) by the Australian Historical Association. In 2016-2017, Jessica held the Karl Loewenstein Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Political Science and Jurisprudence at Amherst College (USA).


  • 2021–present
    Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University
  • 2014–2020
    Lecturer in Law, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016–2017
    Karl Loewenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Amherst College, MA