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Senior Lecturer, Griffith University

Yorick Smaal is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and an Associate Investigator on the ARC-funded Laureate Fellowship the ‘Prosecution Project’. Yorick is a historian with particular interests in sex and gender, crime and punishment, and war and society and has published widely in these areas.

Yorick's first book Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. His forthcoming monograph Boys, Sex and Crime (contracted with Routledge) examines young males as victims and offenders of sexual assault in Australia and the United Kingdom between 1870 and 1930. With Andy Kaldelfos and Mark Finnane, he is editor of The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognition and Redress (Monash University Publishing, 2016).

Yorick is also investigating with Mark Finnane the history of courts-martial in the Australian forces and working on a history of gendered queer subcultures in the South Pacific in the Second World War.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2014–2017
    ARC DECRA Fellow, Griffith University
  • 2013–2014
    Research Fellow, ARC Laureate 'The Prosecution Project' (relinquished), Griffith University
  • 2010–2013
    Griffith University Postdoctoral and Research Fellow, Griffith University


  • 2009 
    University of Queensland, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Queensland, MPhil
  • 2001 
    University of Queensland, BA (Hons 1)