BA (Honours First Class), University of Melbourne, 2003
PhD (in History), University of Melbourne, 2009
2012: Invited participant in the US Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program on ‘Security in Asia’
2011: Establishment Grant, Flinders Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
2009: Overseas Conference Leave funding, Flinders Faculty of Social Sciences
2005: Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
2005: Lillian Ernestine Lobb Scholarship, University of Melbourne
2005: Postgraduate Overseas Research Experience Scholarship, School of Graduate Studies
2005: Travel for Research in Postgraduate Study, Faculty of Arts
2004-8: Australian Postgraduate Award
2003: Margaret Kiddle Prize for the best fourth year thesis in pure or combined History, University of Melbourne
2003: Jessie Mary Vasey Prize for best thesis in Women’s History, University of Melbourne
My focus is U.S. history and I teach topics that run from the 1600s to the 1990s. I have an interest in social history (gender, race, class, religion) and also political history.
My work focuses on the United States in the twentieth century, exploring social movement activism, modern conservatism, and the politics of gender, sexuality, and the body. My central question centers on conservative group formation and ideology. I am particularly interested in illuminating the schisms that exist on the Right and the way that the politics of the body serves to unify and mobilize, yet cannot overcome deep internal divisions amongst conservative activists.
My main research project analyses the political education of the pro-life movement in the 1980s. It explores what happened after the ‘social issue’ of abortion was embraced by Reagan Republicans. Contrary to popular political narratives, the 1980s was marked by frequent disappointment and disillusionment for pro-lifers, and I am interested in charting the ways in which access to power shaped and limited the national right-to-life movement.
At the same time, I am working on a second project that focuses on the conservative discourse surrounding the HIV/AIDS crisis. While homophobic reactions are relatively well documented, this project explores the way that social conservatives used the disease to promote their understanding of the sexual revolution. AIDS was both an immediate public health emergency but also a rhetorical device which pro-family, pro-life, and Christian Right activists used to further their own social and political ends.
More broadly, I am interested in the historiography of modern American conservatism in social, cultural, and political settings.
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Interview by Simon Royal on cults and California in the 1960s and 1970s, ABC News (SA), 28 October 2017