Michelle Staff

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

Position: Research Editor
School and/or Centres: National Centre of Biography

Email: michelle.staff@anu.edu.au

Location: Level 5, RSSS Building, 146 Ellery Crescent


Master of Studies in British and European History, 1500 to the present (Distinction), University of Oxford; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney.

Thesis title: Women of the World: Australian and British Feminist Internationalists, 1919-39

Michelle is a PhD candidate in the School of History. She is currently researching the lives of several Australian and British feminists, focusing on their engagement with and ideas about internationalism during the interwar period. She has worked in several teaching and research assistant roles during her candidature and is currently a member of the Lilith: A Feminist History Journal editorial collective.

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Women’s and gender history; international and transnational history; twentieth century Britain and Australia; history of feminism. 

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

“Encountering ‘the East’: Travel and Internationalism in Bessie Rischbieth’s Interwar Feminism.” Australian Historical Studies 53, no. 1 (2022): 97–118

“Women’s Rights on the World Stage: Feminism and Internationalism in the Life of Chrystal Macmillan (1872–1937).” Journal of Women’s History 32, no. 3 (2020): 38–63

Book reviews:

Review of Patricia Clarke’s Great Expectations: Emigrant Governesses in Colonial Australia. Victorian Historical Review 22, no. 1 (2021): 220–22

Media/blog posts:

Invited interview on suffragette white. ABC Radio Darwin, 12 May 2021

With Joshua Black. Review of Ms Represented. Australian Book Review. 30 August 2021. https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/arts-update/101-arts-update/8280...

“What is suffragette white? The colour has a 110-year history as a protest tool.” The Conversation. 20 April 2021. https://theconversation.com/what-is-suffragette-white-the-colour-has-a-1...

With Angela Woollacott. “Friday essay: Sex, power and anger – a history of feminist protests in Australia.” The Conversation. 26 March 2021. https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-sex-power-and-anger-a-history-o...

“Interwar Feminists and Internationalism: An Australian Perspective.” Scottish Centre for Global History blog. 25 February 2021. https://globalhistory.org.uk/2021/02/interwar-feminists/

With Rachel Harris. “History in the making, and what it means for feminist historians.” VIDA! Blog of the Australian Women’s History Network. 26 October 2020. http://www.auswhn.org.au/blog/history-making-feminist-historians/

“Doing feminist history: A symposium for emerging historians.” VIDA! Blog of the Australian Women’s History Network. 11 September 2019. http://www.auswhn.org.au/blog/feminist-history-symposium/

“Why is it taking so long to achieve gender equality in parliament?” The Conversation. 29 May 2019. https://theconversation.com/why-is-it-taking-so-long-to-achieve-gender-e...

ANU Gender Institute Prizes for Excellence in Gender and Sexuality Research (Journal article published by an ANU graduate student), 2020

Joint runner-up, Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize, awarded by Australian Historical Studies, 2020

Australian Government Research Training (RTP) Program Domestic Scholarship 2019–2022


Australian Historical Association

Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association

Australian Women’s History Network

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (US)

Gender Institute, ANU

History Lab, Institute of Historical Research (UK)

Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Member (UK)

Women’s History Network (UK)

Teaching Experience:

Tutor for HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism, 2020 & 2021

Tutor for HIST2136 World at War, 1939–1945, 2019

Guest lecturer, HIST2136 World at War, 2019

Guest lecturer, HIST2227 Australian Political History, 2019

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