Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, Charles Darwin University

Vannessa Hearman is lecturer in Indonesian Studies at Charles Darwin University. She is a historian of Southeast Asia. Her research interests are in the area of history, memory, and social activism and movements, particularly related to Timor-Leste and Indonesia. She is completing a monograph on the anti-communist violence in East Java to be published by NUS Press, and is currently researching the history of Timorese asylum seekers in Australia.

Vannessa is a NAATI accredited 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.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, Charles Darwin University
  • 2013–2016
    Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, The University of Sydney


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne , PhD Arts (History)

Professional Memberships

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia