Michelle is an Associate Professor in modern history at Macquarie University. Her first book, Upstaged: Australian Women Playwrights in the Limelight at Last, was published in 2002 and was shortlisted for five national prizes in 2003. Michelle held the NSW History Fellowship in 2001 and she was a presenter on the ABC TV history series Rewind in 2004. Her most recent book, Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945, was published in 2009 and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Australian History Prize. She won an ALTC citation for her teaching in 2010. Michelle served on the advisory panel of the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History between 2009-12. She has published numerous book chapters and academic articles on topics ranging from the Lindy Chamberlain case, Helen Reddy's feminist anthem I Am Woman, reality history TV, communist playwrights, aspects of Australian popular culture, the introduction of television and the representation of history on television.