Born in Queensland, I began my studies at the University of Queensland where I did a Bachelor of Arts in History and French—which included a six-month exchange at the Institut d’études politiques de Rennes— followed by an Honours year in History. I then moved to the United Kingdom to pursue my postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge where I was a student of Peterhouse, completing an M.Phil in European Studies and a PhD in History with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship, a Peterhouse Research Studentship, and the 2006 University of Cambridge Lightfoot Fund Scholarship. My PhD research attracted a number of grants, including funding from the Society for the Study of French History and the Cambridge Society of Paris, and prizes from the Women’s History Network and Ecclesiastical History Society.
My first academic position was as a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Leeds from 2007-08, where I taught courses on the Enlightenment, French Revolution, and Napoleon. I returned to Australia in 2009 to take up my current position as Lecturer in European History at The Australian National University. In 2011, I was selected for the university’s Early Career Academic Program for ‘outstanding staff in the early stages of their career’. In 2012-13, I took leave from the ANU in order to accept a position as Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor on the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at the Harvard Divinity School, where I created the new course, HDS2110 – Power, politics, and the female religious life.
I enjoy teaching immensely, and was recently awarded The Australian National University’s 2015 College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Education, and the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education.
I am also involved in several cross-campus initiatives at The Australian National University. Since 2011, I have been a member of the university’s Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers (NECTAR). I am a founding member of the university’s French Research Cluster, established in 2014 to promote innovative research into French and Francophone culture and society. In 2015, I was appointed an Early Career Academic Fellow of University House.
As part of my interest in sharing my work with the wider community, I regularly give public lectures, and have spoken at such events as the Jane Austen Festival of Australia and the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition.