Research Fellow in History, University of Newcastle

As an environmental historian and wine studies scholar in the School of Humanities and Social Science at The University of Newcastle I explore the stories, value and consequences of the ‘wine complex’ of Australian grape wine production, trade and consumption. My book, First Vintage: Wine in Colonial New South Wales (NewSouth, 2012) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards and other prizes, and won Gourmand Publishing's Best Drinks History, Australia (2013). My current research is centred on the Australian Research Council Linkage Project "Vines, Wines & Identity: the Hunter Valley NSW and changing Australian taste", which seeks to document the origins and significance of Australia's oldest wine growing region. And, yes, I enjoy a glass of 'research', responsibly of course.


  • 2011–present
    Lecturer in History, University of Newcastle
  • 2010–2011
    Lecturer in History (Sessional), University of NSW
  • 2010–2010
    Rydon Fellow, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London


  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, PhD (History)
  • 2004 
    University of Newcastle, Hons (First Class with University Medal and Faculty Medal)


  • 2012
    First Vintage: Wine in Colonial New South Wales, Sydney: UNSW Press