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Jordana Silverstein

Dr Jordana Silverstein is a Senior Research Fellow in the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, in the Melbourne Law School.

A cultural historian, she is the author of 'Cruel Care: A History of Children at our Borders' (Monash University Publishing, 2023) and 'Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty First Century' (Berghahn Books, 2015), and she is the co-editor of 'In the Shadows of Memory: the Holocaust and the Third Generation' (Vallentine Mitchell, 2016) and 'Refugee Journeys: Histories of Resettlement, Representation and Resistance (ANU Press, 2021).


  • 2021–present
    Senior Research Fellow, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School
  • 2014–2019
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, ARC Laureate Research Project, 'Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism, 1920s to the Present'


  • 2009 
    University of Melbourne, PhD

Research Areas

  • Jewish Studies (220404)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • North American History (210312)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)