Associate Professor Catherine Kevin

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (317)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

BA (Hons) First Class, University of Sydney
PhD, University of Sydney
Honours, awards and grants

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)

Key responsibilities

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

Teaching interests

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.

Topic coordinator
HIST7006 Making History, current directions in historiography
HIST2015 Maps and Dreams: Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australian History
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? A brief history of Australia
HIST3007 Crimes of the Flesh: Sex and 'Deviance' in Australian History
HIST2022 Memory and the Politics of Difference: Race, Sex and Belonging
Supervisory interests
Gendered violence
Immigration and race relations in Australia
Reproductive politics
The history of the body
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: The making of a 'red lamp' district in Adelaide between the wars (1), An oral history of GLBT politics in South Australia (1)
Associate supervisor: Feminism and craft (1), The movement to decriminalise abortion in Australia since 2008 (1), Indigenous servicemen and WWI (1), A history of Mormonism in Australia and the Pacific (1)
Principal supervisor: Shifting Irish-Australian loyalties in the Victorian and South Australian Irish-Catholic press (1), 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)
Associate supervisor: The voice of the child in child death reviews (1), Italian migration and food in Australia (1), Cornish fatalism and compulsory vaccination (1), Japanese fashion as soft power (1), Memories of mixed Turkish-Greek communities in Cyprus (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Tets Kimura

Best HDR Student Publication Award - MAR 2019

Petra Mosmann

Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral thesis Excellence - MAY 2019

Anita Stelmach

Wakefield Press Essay Prize - JUN 2019

Expert for media contact
History - Australian
women's history, abortion, feminism, the film 'Jedda'
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Media expertise
  • Abortion
  • Feminism
  • History - Australian
  • Pregnancy
  • women's history, abortion, feminism, the film 'Jedda'