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Associate Professor of History, University of Tasmania

My fields of expertise are Tasmanian Aboriginal history, the histories of science and empire; genocide and extinction studies. I currently hold an ARC Discovery Project titled: ‘Extinction, Survival, Resurgence: Indigenous and Colonial Histories' at the University of Tasmania, and previously held the ARC Postdoctoral fellowship for the project 'From Race to the Genome: the Tasmanian Aboriginal People within the Scientific Imagination'.
I am contracted with Black Inc to write the book: 'Women at the Edge of the World: Surviving Extinction'.
My 2017 book, Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity, (Melbourne University Press) won the 2018 Tasmanian Book Prize, the 2018 Queensland Premier’s Award for history, the inaugural Joan and Dick Family Green Award for Tasmanian History and was shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize for history.
I held the inaugural Coral Thomas Fellow at State Library NSW. I have held Fellowships and Scholarships at the The University of Melbourne, Kings College London, Oxford University and the ANU.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, University of Tasmania


  • 2005 
    Australian National University, PhD