Alexandra Roginski

Alexandra Roginski

Position: PhD Student
School and/or Centres: School of History



BA/LLB (Monash University, 2005) Postgrad Dip Arts (Research) (Monash University, 2013)

Thesis title: A touch of power: popular phrenology in the Tasman World

Alexandra Roginski explores the history of phrenology in Australia as it related to society, culture, place and race.

In earlier research, Alex focused on the provenancing and repatriation of Indigenous ancestral remains kept at Museum Victoria, work detailed in her book, The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (Monash University Publishing 2015).

Alex is a participant in the Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training (IGHERT) program for students in Indigenous studies, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is also a research associate with Monash University and Museum Victoria.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Alex worked for ten years in journalism, editing and communication. She wrote for publications including The Age and the Big Issue, and wrote and edited magazines produced by Coretext publishing in the fields of education, research and development. Alex is passionate about public scholarship. She has given multiple radio interviews and delivered public lectures at venues including Museum Victoria and the National Portrait Gallery. Alex also contributes to The Conversation.

Australian History, Aboriginal History, History of Science, Museum Studies.

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, 2015.

‘Review of Scott Mann's “Bioethics in perspective: Corporate power, public health and political economy”’, Monash Bioethics Review, Vol. 29 (2), 2010.

Australian Postgraduate Award (2014–Ongoing)

Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Student Prize, Finalist (2015)

Ian Turner Memorial Prize for Best Thesis (2013)

Museum Victoria 1854 Student Scholarship (2013)

Integrative Graduate Humanities Education Research and Training program (2014–2016)

Australian Historical Association

World Archaeology Congress

Tutor: ‘Making History’, ANU, Semester 2, 2015

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