Ruby Ekkel

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



Master of Global, Transnational and Spatial History (Distinction), University of St Andrews; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

Thesis title: Of beasts, botany and babies: settler Australian women's interactions with native species between 1880 and 1950.

Ruby Ekkel is a PhD candidate at Australian National University. Her research focuses on changing attitudes towards and interactions with native animals, especially as mediated by women. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history at the University of Melbourne, Ruby achieved a Masters degree at the University of St Andrews. She has also spent time studying at Trinity College Dublin and worked for several years as a resident history and politics tutor at Newman College in Melbourne. She has published and presented on topics spanning animal history, environmental history, and women's history in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Ruby is an HDR Representative for the Australian Historical Association Executive, and a co-editor of the ANU Historical Journal II. Outside the university setting, she co-edits a podcast about Australian environmental history, The Bush Bash.

Women's and gender history; environmental history especially in Australian and colonial contexts; animal history; food history; vegetarian history; transnational and spatial history.

‘Vegetarians, vivisection and violationism: gender and the non-human animal in Anna Kingsford’s life and writing’, Lilith, no. 28 (2022): 73-96.

‘Woman’s sphere remodelled: a spatial history of the Victorian Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Victoria’, Victorian Historical Journal 91, no. 1 (June 2020): 93-114.

RSSS Director’s Award for Higher Degree Research, ANU, 2022

Dean’s List Scholar, University of St Andrews, 2021

Women’s History Network Masters Thesis Prize, Runner Up, 2021

University of St Andrews School of History MLitt Scholarship, 2020-2021

Victorian Community History Award (Best Historical Article), 2020

Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, 2020

Dean's List Scholar, University of Melbourne, 2015-16

Ruby has experience in tutoring the following subjects:

HIST2141 Cold War (ANU)

HIST1007 Medieval War, Plague and Heresy (Newman College)

INTS10001 International Politics (Newman College)

HIST10012 World Since World War Two (Newman College)

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