See a list of people in the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia

Centre for the History of Violence


 Professor Philip Dwyer

Professor Philip Dwyer (Centre Director)

Dwyer is one of the leading international scholars in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, as well the world's pre-eminent biographer of Napoleon. His work on violence emanating from this research includes the experience of war, the massacre in history, and memory and has made a significant contribution to the field.

 Professor Roger Markwick

Professor Roger Markwick

Markwick is Professor of Modern European History, with particular expertise in Soviet and Russian history and historiography. His most recent research focuses on Soviet women in the Second World War. He has additional research interests in European fascism, genocide, and colonial settler states.

Professor Lyndall Ryan

Professor Lyndall Ryan

With a focus on massacre studies and in particular to the development of a coherent method to interrogate the disparate sources of frontier massacre, Ryan's work has resulted in significant conceptual advances in the study of the Australian frontier and the history of massacre.

Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser

Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser

An Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Kieser's focus is war and revolution in the declining Ottoman Empire; the relationship between state formation, political violence, and genocide; apocalyptic violence (secular and religious) and the challenges of non-violence as they emerge in 'modern millennialism'.

Deborah Loxton

Associate Professor Deb Loxton

With a background in psychology, Associate Professor Deborah Loxton is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher in women's health, with particular interests in reproductive health and the impact of stressful life events, including the health impact of abuse, such as domestic violence.

Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti 

Ariotti's research is in the experiences of and impact on Australians of wartime imprisonment during the First World War, especially POWs; the social and cultural impact of war; memory and commemoration.

Kit Candlin

Dr Kit Candlin

Formerly an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Candlin specialises in violence in the Atlantic world, slave colonies of the Atlantic, and slave rebellion.

Matthew Lewis

Dr Matthew Lewis 

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lewis' work on paramilitary violence in Ireland and Palestine between the world wars offers a new perspective on the causes and dynamics of political violence.

Dr Kit Messham-Muir

Dr Kit Messham-Muir

Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist who researches the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war; imagery in warfare and terror.

Doctor Shigeru Sato

Dr Shigeru Sato

Sato's research focuses on civilians and war in Asia under the Japanese occupation during the Second World War. Japanese expansionism and its social and economic impact on other Asian countries, particularly Indonesia and Vietnam; Forced prostitution for the Japanese armed forces during WWII.

Dr Matthew Thompson

Dr Matthew Thompson

Matthew C. Thompson is the author of two books of literary reportage, Running with the Blood God (2013) and My Colombian Death (2008). American-born but based in Dungog, NSW, he has taught at universities in Australia and in Fiji under military rule, where his position became problematic after he annoyed the regime. Dr Thompson is also an adjunct researcher with the University of Western Sydney's Writing and Society Research Centre.

Jennifer Debenham

Dr Jennifer Debenham

A Senior Research Assistant with the Centre, Debenham's expertise include the history of Indigenous Australians, in particular, how they have been represented on documentary film.

Adjunct Members

Professor Robert Cribb

Professor, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Professor Joy Damousi

Professor of History
The University of Melbourne

Professor Robin Gerster

Professor, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Monash University

Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

Professor of English
The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Vesna Drapac

Associate Professor, School of History and Politics
The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Penny Edmonds

Future Fellow in History
University of Tasmania

Associate Professor Kevin Foster

Head, Communications and Media Studies, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Monash University

Associate Professor Robert Foster

Associate Professor, School of History and Politics
University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Anna Johnston

Associate Professor in English
University of Tasmania

Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje

Associate Professor of History
Australian Catholic University

Dr Elizabeth Roberts

Lecture in History
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
The University of Western Sydney

Dr Mitchell Rolls

Senior Lecturer and Co-director (Academic)
Riawunna, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, University of Tasmania

Dr Kim A. Wagner

Senior Lecturer in British Imperial History
Senior Lecturer in British Imperial History, Queen Mary, University of London

Hollie Pich

Postgraduate in History

University of Sydney

Lance R. Blyth, Ph.D.

Research Associate 
Latin American and Iberian Institute
University of New Mexico

Dr Lisa Featherstone

Senior Lecturer in History
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
University of Queensland

Visiting Fellows

Professor John Horne (2015)

Professor of Modern European History
Director of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College Dublin and member of the Executive Board of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, PĂ©ronne

Presented public lecture on The Changing Face of War in the 20th Century.

 Professor Peter Spierenburg (2014)

World leading expert in the history of crime, punishment and murder
Dutch Institute for Genocide and Holocaust Studies (NIOD) and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Presented public lecture on The History of Murder, and History of Violence seminar.