The Centre for
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 Joanne Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke

Global innovation Chair, Professor Bourke is a world renowned historian who has shaped profoundly our understanding of subjects—violence, the body, the emotions—central to human experience. She has published prolifically on British, Irish, American and Australian societies from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, including histories of rape, fear, face-to-face killing and other vital, and previously taboo, topics.

Professor Catharine Coleborne

Professor Catharine Coleborne

Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history has attracted world-wide attention.

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.

Doctor Tamara Blakemore

Dr Tamara Blakemore

Dr Tamara Blakemore is a social work practitioner, researcher and educator. Tamara’s doctoral thesis, inspired by her clinical work explored the occurrence and outcomes of child sexual abuse in a large scale, longitudinal study of mothers and children. Tamara has been a conjoint research fellow with the Australian Centre for Child Protection (UniSA) since 2008. She has led research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as well as practice implementation projects for the Australian Govt. Dept. of Social Services as a named member of their Family and Child Expert panel. Tamara is currently leading an interdisciplinary team to establish, implement and evaluate an early intervention program for young people (10 to 17 years of age) who have perpetrated interpersonal violence.

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.

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.

 Dr Xanthé Mallett

Dr Xanthé Mallett

Dr Xanthé Mallett is a forensic anthropologist and criminologist. Her current criminological interests include developing our understanding of gendered criminal activity as well as societal responses to crime, and the media’s influence of the judicial process. She is also a passionate advocate for transparency and equity in the criminal justice system, as a result of which she has become involved with a number of high profile cases of filicide (murder of a child by a parent) that may be miscarriages of justice.

Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Dr Kathleen McPhillips is a sociologist of religion and gender and has recently specialised in trauma studies. She is currently leading a research project into the Catholic Church and their participation in State Inquiries into child abuse. She has attended the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is currently publishing in this area.

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.

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for the History of Violence, where she is researching the impact of World War Two on the theory and practice of psychiatry. Her current ARC-funded project, ‘Unquiet Minds: Psychiatry in World War Two and its aftermaths’, aims to provide the first comprehensive account of the consequences of that conflict for psychiatric theory and practice by focusing on the ways in which the stringencies of total war forged new patient cohorts on the battlefield and the home front and thus implicated psychiatry in the social and economic projects of the post-war world.

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.

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

Professor Hélène Jaccomard

European Languages and Studies
The University of Western Australia

Professor Tony Simoes da Silva

Head of the School of Humanities
Acting Head of the School of Creative Arts

College of Arts, Law and Education
Editor, JASAL
University of Tasmania

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

Associate Professor Hans Pols

Associate Professor in History
University of Sydney

Associate Professor Candan Badem

Associate Professor
Department of History
Tunceli University

Dr Mitchell Rolls

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

Dr. Lance R. Blyth

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

Hollie Pich

Postgraduate in History
University of Sydney

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, Péronne

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.