Vannessa Hearman is senior lecturer in History at Curtin University in Australia. She specializes in the history of Southeast Asia, political violence and social movements. She is the author of 'Unmarked Graves: Death and Survival in the Anti-Communist Violence in East Java, Indonesia' (Singapore: NUS Press, 2018). Hearman is currently researching the history of East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia.
Hearman is a NAATI certified Indonesian interpreter and translator and an experienced conference interpreter. She has previously worked as a translator/interpreter with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), in cross-cultural training, and in aid and development with Australian Volunteers International.