My research focuses on both educational and historical areas. In the field of education I have investigated links between schools and universities, mentoring, and multiliteracies. My historical focus encompasses school museums as sites for learning, biography, military history, Australian involvement in the Great War, the nature of historical inquiry, and artistic and cultural responses to conflict. I have published six sole-authored research books: 'Sir Philip Gibbs and English Journalism in War and Peace' (2016); 'Nudgee ANZACS' (2015); 'Nudgee: A Life' (2014); 'Undying Echoes: A History of Nudgee College at War' (Kerby, 2002); 'Where Glory Awaits: A History of St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace at War' (Kerby, 2005); and 'Of Great and Good Men: A History of St Joseph’s Nudgee College 1st XV and 1st XIII' (Kerby, 2010).
In 2008 I was awarded a place and attended the nationally competitive Australian Government National Summer School Scholarship for Teachers of History (Australian National University). I subsequently completed my first PhD titled: "Watching from the Wings: The Life of Sir Philip Gibbs 1877 - 1962" at the Australian National University in 2011. In 2013 I was awarded a Department of Veteran Affairs grant to support commemoration activities and research marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War which also contributed to the nationally significant collection of social, cultural, artistic and sporting memorabilia held in the St Joseph's Nudgee College Museum.
During February 2013 I was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to undertake a second PhD to further my study of the methodology of Biography/Life Writing through an investigation of the life of Sir Henry (Harry) Gullett. In 2015 I was awarded a federal ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund - Public Grants Program, one of 32 successful applications and the only school/university partnership. This grant augmented a 2014 Queensland ANZAC Centenary Grant. The artistic outputs from the grants were showcased on October 24, 2015 at St Joseph's Nudgee College. This was followed by a grant from the Queensland Government Anzac Centenary Small Grants Program - Spirit of Service for a project exploring the effect of the First World War on the people of Queensland. The outputs from this grant were presented in October, 2017.
In May 2017 I received the USQ Publication Excellence Award - Authored Book (Second Place) for "Sir Philip Gibbs and English Journalism in War and Peace" (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2018 I received second place in the USQ Unit-Specific Publication Excellence Award and third place in 2019. I was a 2018 Q ANZAC 100 Fellow at the State Library of Queensland. These competitive Fellowships were awarded for projects that focus on new insights into the Queensland experience of WW1 and its aftermath. My project is titled 'A War Imagined: Queenslanders and the Great War'.
With Professor Margaret Baguley I was recently awarded a 2019/20 Princeton University Library Research Grant to undertake a month long fully funded residency for their project titled 'Encountering the Wind from the East: The artistic voice of Mary Shepard'.