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Dr Rachel Stevens is a research fellow and contemporary refugee historian based at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. Her book publications include the sole authored monograph, Immigration Policy from 1970 to the Present (Routledge, 2016), and the edited collection (with Dr Jordana Silverstein), Refugee Journeys: Resettlement, Representation and Resistance (ANU Press, forthcoming 2020). She served as guest editor (with Professor Joy Damousi) of the special issue of ‘Refugees: Past and Present’ in the Australian Journal of Politics and History (December 2019). Her research articles have appeared in leading Australian and international refereed journals, including Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, Immigrants and Minorities, Australian Journal of Politics and History and Teaching in Higher Education. Rachel has been awarded funded fellowships from the National Library of Australia (2018), the US Department of State (2013) and during her doctoral research was a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Government. Prior to joining the Australian Catholic University in 2020, she was a researcher at the University of Melbourne (2015-2020) and a Lecturer at Monash University (2010-2014).


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    Research fellow, Australian Catholic University