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 London, she came to the Flinders History Department in 2007.
Catherine teaches and researches in the fields of Australian history and feminist history, particularly gendered violence, the politics and experience of the reproductive body and Indigenous-settler relations.
Award for Excellence in Research Communication, CHASS 2021.
SRI200200460 ‘A History of Domestic Violence in Australia 1850-2020’ with Ann Curthoys (University of Sydney) and Zora Simic (UNSW)
Award for Excellence in Higher Degrees by Research Supervision, CHASS 2019.
Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching Seed Grant (Cat. 1) ‘The Power of Things: enhancing employability in higher education through object-based learning’. Co-led with Fiona Salmon (Dir. Flinders University Art Museum)
Associate Professor, Australian History
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision
Research Higher Degrees Coordinator for College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (2020-2022)
South Australian Chair of the Working Party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography
Editorial boards of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Women's History Review, Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, Studies in Australasian Cinema
Catherine co-led an Office of Teaching and Learning (OLT) - funded project called 'The Power of Things' with the director of the Flinders University Art Museum, Fiona Salmon in 2016. As a result, she now teaches Maps and Dreams: Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australian History in the Museum where she utilises the extensive Indigenous art collection.
In 2015-17 Catherine was the the academic co-chair (with Anthony Langlois) of the annual Peace and Global Citizenship program for Masters and Undergraduate level student in Hiroshima. This is the initiative of the International Network of Universities.
Best HDR Student Publication Award - MAR 2019
Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral thesis Excellence - MAY 2019
Wakefield Press Essay Prize - JUN 2019
Catherine is a founding member of South Australian Abortion Action Coalition and convenor of the SAAAC media group.
Catherine is on the national Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography and is is the Chair of the South Australian Working Party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
She is SA representative for the Australian Women's History Network.
Catherine was a co-editor (with Melanie Oppenheimer and Matthew Fitzpatrick) of History Australia, 2016-18
Catherine appeared in episodes of the SBS series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2014 and 2021
She is on the editorial boards of Women's History Review, History Australia, Australian Historical Studies, Studies in Australasian Cinema and Lilith, a Feminist History Journal.
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