Meet the President of Academic Senate

Victoria Haskins

Professor Victoria Haskins

Qualifications: BA(Hons), PhD(Sydney), FAHA

Why did you join the University Council?

I am a member of Council as the elected President of the Academic Senate. It is an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to our University’s directions.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

Going to university was a dream for me since my childhood, and the excitement and freedom of discovering and exploring unfamiliar ideas and concepts and seeing in action the process of new knowledge being generated more than lived up to my expectations. Connecting to a larger community of people all on their own life journeys was also uplifting!


Victoria Haskins is a Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Social Science in the Faculty of Education and Arts, and Director of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre. In 2006, Victoria first joined the University of Newcastle, as a lecturer in Australian history, having previously worked at Flinders University in South Australia, and at the National Museum of Australia, after completing her PhD at the University of Sydney.

Growing up in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia gave Victoria a lifelong interest in and commitment to developing a wider and shared understanding of Indigenous cultures and issues. She is drawn to the rich and diverse global histories of cross-cultural relationships and gender, and to the ways in which the stories and narratives that we construct about past encounters, conflicts and connections continue to profoundly inform and shape our lives today.

Victoria has received many awards and grants, including an inaugural Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and the NSW Centenary of ANZAC Commemoration Fellowship. She has worked with extensive historical archives relating to Indigenous people across Australia, the US and in the UK, holding visiting research fellowships at institutions including Harvard University and, most recently, Birkbeck University of London.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.