Professor Ann McGrath


I am honoured to hold the WK Hancock Distinguished Chair of History at the Australian National University. In 2017 I became a Kathleen Fitzpatrick ARC Laureate Fellow. My current interests are deep history in global context, spatial history and scale. I am keen to present scholarly history in a range of genres. Recently I have co-edited (with Mary-Anne Jebb) Long History, Deep Time (2015) which explores deep history and temporality; and am author of Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (2015) which was awarded the NSW Premiers History Prize (General).

Dr Laura Rademaker

Deputy Director/Postdoctoral Research Associate

I’m a postdoctoral researcher on the project. What excites me most about this project is the opportunity to use oral history, working in collaboration with Aboriginal communities. In my research, I aim to draw out deeper understandings of histories by foregrounding Aboriginal perspectives and memories. I draw heavily on interdisciplinary insights, using methods and data of anthropology, archaeology, theology and linguistics to write history in a way which is fresh and holistic. Here I’m building on the method I explored in first book, Found in Translation: Many Meanings on a North Australian Mission (2018). I’m also excited about thinking about how best to draw different kinds of knowledges into conversation, a core question on the deep history project.

Professor Jackie Huggins

Honorary Professor/Senior Advisor

Professor Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, a Bidjara/Birri Gubba Juru woman, has enjoyed a stellar career across academic, corporate and social sectors. She is among the first First Nations historians in Australia. Currently Co-Chair of the Treaty Advancement Committee in Queensland, she has served on a number of national and state boards, directed her own consulting firm, and was Deputy Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies at the University of Queensland. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 and a Fellow of the Academy of Humanities in 2007. She has written widely for history books and journals nationally and internationally.

Dr Julie Rickwood

Project Manager/Research Associate

With a PhD in interdisciplinary cross-cultural research I’m alert to the protocols and challenges of cross-cultural research. My own research has focused on music and performance in various ways, and I’m a practitioner in community choirs and contemporary improvisational dance. My doctoral project focused on cross-cultural choral encounters in three sites in Australia: the south-east, centre and south-west. The nuance of difference was striking; founded in the specific history and geography of place, of country. I was motivated to join the Rediscovery the Deep Human Past Laureate program because of its unique endeavour to shift the understanding of, in particular, Australian history beyond European ‘discovery’ and settlement.

Dr Ben Silverstein

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am a postdoctoral fellow on this project, where I am collaborating with different communities to think through the duration of Indigenous history in Australia. My previous work has focused on research into colonial histories, focusing on race, settler colonialism, and relationships between sovereignties and government. This project moves beyond the colonial frame to represent Indigenous histories by working with knowledge represented in both archival collections and oral histories. This helps us to link the deep past with the colonial present in ways that centre Indigenous experiences of place over time. My first book Governing Natives: Indirect Rule and Settler Colonialism in Australia’s North was published by Manchester University Press in 2019.

Dr Mike Jones

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am an archivist, historian, and digital humanities researcher with a background in art history, and over a decade of experience working on digital, archival, and public history projects. I joined RDHP looking to further my research into relationality, museums, archives, and the history of science. I am excited by the chance to work with communities on stories and collections that reveal the entanglement of people, places, ecosystems, and events. I also want to foster collaborative projects that utilise innovative digital tools and datasets to better understand the long history of our continent. Through all my work runs a continuing investment in the idea that bringing together collections and digital technologies helps to preserve and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of communities and the broader public. I hope that, during my time at ANU, I can further this goal by helping to reconnect people with our shared human past.

Tabassum M. Fakier

Web Developer

My background is in user experience and user interfaces - mostly designing for and templating for frontend with a bit of backend experience. I absolutely love working with web technologies. I joined the Re. Centre and Rediscovering the Deep Human Past project because I appreciate the values in its underlying mission and the exciting opportunity it presents from a technical standpoint. I've been building a speedy static websites with a headless CMS, interacting with open-source communities, and map creation tools. Being a part of this project is a valuable learning process for me in learning about Australia's indigenous culture, communities, and the context surrounding that; some of it I find relatable in terms of my own ancestral history. Understanding technology usage in the Humanities and Social Sciences space has been eye-opening as well.

Dr Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden

Research Assistant

Dr Bethany Phillips-Peddlesden is a research assistant with the Research Centre for Deep History; and Executive Officer for the Australian Historical Association. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2019 and was awarded a 2019 Gilbert Postdoctoral fellowship. She researches and publishes on the functioning of political power in Australian history through cultural history perspectives, gender theory, masculinity studies and political history.

Jennifer Bird

Research Assistant

Jennifer Bird is a research assistant with the Research Centre for Deep History and a PhD candidate in the National Centre of Biography in the School of History at the Australian National University. Her research interests include Australian colonial history, Indigenous history, gender studies, biography and oral history. She also tutors in the School of History.

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