Honorary Fellow Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

In 2010 Dr Peta Stephenson completed an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently an honorary fellow. Her book Islam Dreaming (UNSW Press: 2010) traces the long history of Islam in Indigenous Australia through an examination of the growing popularity of Islam among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians today. Peta's first book The Outsiders Within (UNSW Press: 2007) was short-listed in two categories of the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and for the Australian Historical Association's W.K. Hancock Prize. It recovers the ways in which over hundreds of years Indigenous and Southeast Aisan people across Australia have traded, internarried and built hybrid communities.


  • 2007–2010
    ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, The Asia Institute, University of Melbourne


  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1998 
    University of Queensland, Master of Arts