Journal Committee

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The members of the journal committee set the overall direction of the journal and make final decisions on which articles to include. They also take charge of the layout and proofing of the journal, run the website, promote the journal, and maintain our financial partnerships.

Current Committee Members

annalease picAnnalise Humphris is a PhD candidate in Modern History at Macquarie University. Her research centers on interrogating the relationship between ideas about homosexuality, people, policy and Australian border making. Her Masters and PhD research is made possible by the ARC Discovery Project at MQ titled “Gender and sexual politics: Changing citizenship in Australia since 1969”:

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 Allie Hawkins is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. Her current research is looking at the history of the women’s refuge movement in regional NSW. She was the 2019 recipient of the National Council of Women’s Australian Women’s History Award for her PhD research.


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Josh Black is a postgraduate student in political history at theNational Centre of Biography at ANU. Josh’s PhD thesis is about the history of political memoir publishing in Australia between 1994 and 2019. Josh was twice the recipient of the Mary Wade Award for Australian History, and achieved the highest graduate mark in History at UOW, 2017. 



Caitlin Harvey is currently studying for her Masters of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science at ANU. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History at Sydney University. Her interests lie in environmental archaeology and climate change, and the repatriation of archaeological material.

20180629_131105Abbie Hartman is a current PhD candidate at Macquarie University. Her thesis examines how video games can be considered as a form of Public History. In particular, she is focusing on how playing and creating video games can impact how the public understanding of history as well as what types of history can be presented. She is currently teaching units about both Popular Culture in the 20th Century, and the long history of Capitalism.


History in the Making Committee Alumni

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering is a historian of Australian feminism, the family and childhood. She completed her PhD on children and the Australian women’s liberation movement (1969-1979) at UNSW Sydney in March 2017. She has taught in history and gender studies at UNSW and previously worked as a research assistant at the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse from 2009 to 2013.

Sarah Gregory recently completed her Masters in Information Studies through the University of Canberra specialising in Library Science. Previous to her Masters degree, Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in modern history at Macquarie University in 2012. Sarah’s thesis focused on Jewish prisoner functionaries during the Holocaust, which saw her co-win the 2012 NSW PHA undergraduate essay prize for one of her chapters. Sarah’s historical interests range from ancient to modern history, particularly regarding religion, politics and war.

Cameron McPhedran completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology at UNSW. He studied History at both UNSW and UC Berkeley. In 2017, Cam wrote his Master’s thesis on mediation between LGBTIQA+ youth and their parents regarding conflicts relating to gender identity and/or sexual orientation. This thesis has been incorporated into media and blog commentary in the context of the marriage equality postal survey. Cam is most interested in Argentine, Peruvian and Indian histories.

Kathryn Ticehurst completed her undergraduate degree with joint honours in History and History of Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney in 2007. Her thesis explored early colonial Australian botany and was awarded the Charles Trimby Burfitt Prize. After working as a tutor and research assistant at the University of Sydney and co-convening the Australian Student Environment Network in 2008, she completed a Masters at Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science in 2010. Kathryn is now a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney.

Dr Rhiannon Davis received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2008. Since then, she has worked as a tutor, associate lecturer and research assistant in the history department there. Rhiannon has a strong interest in how students learn not only history, but how to be historians. Her research interests include business and advertising history, corporate culture, transnational and global history, and the history of technology and food. She has taught British and American history.

Kristie Flannery completed her Bachelor of Economic and Social Science (Hons) at the University of Sydney in 2007. She served as a student representative to the Department of History during her honours year. After graduating, Kristie worked as a higher education policy officer in the Australian public service, participated actively in her trade union and travelled extensively. In August 2011 Kristie began a graduate degree in Latin American history at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the Hannah Fullerton Scholarship from the University of Sydney.

Karol Florek is an alumni of history at the University of Sydney, having completed his honours thesis in Mexican colonial labour history in 2008. Throughout his degree, he was awarded a number of awards and scholarships including the Venour V. Nathan and the Robert A. Dallen Literary Prizes. Karol had worked since 2009 as a research analyst for United Voice, one of Australia’s largest national trade unions. 

Rebecca Hawkings is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University. She completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons I) in 2011, and received the 2012 NSW National Council of Women’s Australia Day Award for academic achievement. She has published her work in academic journals and in the music press, and has a particular interest in the dissemination of scholarly research to a public audience. Her current research is concerned with Australian popular music and cultural nationalism since the 1970s.

Dr James Keating is a historian of suffrage, women and internationalism, and Australia and New Zealand in the world. He completed his PhD on Australasian women and the international suffrage movement (1885-1914) at UNSW Sydney in July 2017. He has taught history and European studies at UNSW and Notre Dame, serves on the editorial committee of the Journal of Australian Studies, and is the State Library of New South Wales’ 2018 David Scott Mitchell fellow.

Aden Knaap is a research assistant at the University of Sydney and an affiliate of the Laureate Research Program in International History. He graduated with first class honours in history from the University of Sydney in 2014 and is currently completing his law degree. His research and writing teases out the intersections of ideas, politics and society in the history of internationalism in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on international organisations and their popular offshoots. He was awarded a number of prizes and scholarships throughout his degree, including the Australasian Pioneers’ Club Scholarship for the best honours student of Australian history enrolling in postgraduate studies.

Andrew Kelly is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Sydney, researching Australian and American foreign relations during the 1950s. In 2012, he was awarded First Class Honours in the field of history at UWS. Since then, he has worked as a Casual Academic with the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and published in the Australasian Journal of American Studies and the Australian Journal of Politics and History.

Kate Matthew is a PhD student with the University of Western Sydney, researching politicians of the 1860s. She won the Louise T Daley Prize for Australian history for her Masters dissertation at the University of New England in 2010, which examined the fate of English governesses in nineteenth century Australia. She has published in Sydney Journal, the Journal of Australian Colonial History and the Dictionary of Sydney, and is a casual lecturer at the Australian Catholic University teaching Australian history and comparative politics.

Stephanie Mawson is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and a junior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London. Her research examines the contested nature of empire in the early modern period, with a specific focus on the seventeenth century Philippines. Her work has been published in leading journals, including most recently Past & Present and Ethnohistory, and has attracted several notable awards from the Royal Historical Society and the American Society for Ethnohistory. Stephanie served as the founding president of History in the Making.