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PhD Candidate, School of History, Australian National University

Zoe Smith is a PhD candidate and gender historian in the School of History at the Australian National University. Her doctoral research is a feminist, social, and cultural history of domestic violence in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria between 1880–1914, with a focus on both colonial women’s divorce petitions and the fiction and non-fiction writings of Barbara Baynton, Ada Cambridge, Louisa Lawson, and Rosa Praed. She has published and presented prize-winning research on histories of sexual violence, domestic violence, Australian literature and film, colonial literature, masculinity, and gender and race in the context of nineteenth-century Britain and Australia. 


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, School of History, Australian National University, Australian National University


  • 2021 
    Australian National University , Bachelor of Arts (Honours)