Shanti Sumartojo is a Research Fellow in the School of Architecture and Design. Her PhD in Sociology is from the Australian National University, and she also holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Carleton College. Before academia, she worked as a teacher, public servant, and in radio and television production.
Shanti is the author of Trafalgar Square and the Narration of Britishness, 1900-2012: Imagining the Nation (Peter Lang, 2013) and co-editor (with Ben Wellings) of Nation, Memory, and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Peter Lang, 2014). Her current research interests fall into three broad areas: how art in public space shapes the experience of our cities; the design and impact of memorials in national capitals; and the affective constitution of Anzac sites, particularly during commemorative ceremonies and at Western Front memorials.