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Professor of History, La Trobe University

Professor Katie Holmes first came to La Trobe University in 1994. She teaches Australian history, environmental history and environmental humanities, and for many years also taught in the Gender, Sexuality and Diversity program. Katie researches broadly in twentieth century Australian history, specialising in environmental history, gardens, and women’s private writings, especially in letters and diaries.

She is the Director of the Centre for the Study of the Inland and was the lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Changing Landscapes, Changing People: Australia’s southern mallee lands, 1830-2012’, and a joint Chief Investigator on a La Trobe/Monash ARC Linkage grant on ’Australian Generations: life histories, generational change and Australian memory’.

Katie has also actively researched in the following areas: war; sexuality; feminism; single women; and the experience of time. In 2010 Katie held the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History at University College Dublin. Between 2013-2017 Katie was the Director of the Research Focus Area, Transforming Human Societies.


  • –present
    Professor, La Trobe University