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Research Biography

Catherine received her PhD in History from Sydney University in 2004. After holding positions at SBS Television and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College, University of London, she came to the Flinders History Department in 2007.

Research Interests

The histories of pregnancy and miscarriage in Australia, reproductive politics, Australian feminism and postcolonial perspectives on Australian film. Catherine is in the early stages of a project on the history of domestic violence since 1788 with Zora Simic and Ann Curthoys, and she is currently working on a book called Relocating Jedda in Ngunnawal Country.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Jun 2019 Anita Stelmach - Wakefield Press Essay Prize
  • May 2019 Petra Mosmann - Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral thesis Excellence
  • Mar 2019 Tets Kimura - Best HDR Student Publication Award

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Domestic service in Argentina (1)
  • Feminist memory and archival practices (1)
  • Non-party political women's organisations in twentieth century Australia (1)
  • omen and crime in 19th century SA (1)
  • Shifting Irish-Australian loyalties in the Victorian and South Australian Irish-Catholic press (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Cornish fatalism and compulsory vaccination (1)
  • Italian migration and food in Australia (1)
  • Japanese fashion as soft power (1)
  • Memories of mixed Turkish-Greek communities in Cyprus (1)
  • The voice of the child in child death reviews (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • History

Supervisory Interests

  • The history of the body
  • Reproductive politics
  • Feminism
  • Immigration and race relations in Australia
  • Film
  • Gendered violence


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