Biography

Christina Twomey is Professor of History and Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. A former ARC Future Fellow (2012-15), she is also Director of the Faculty of Arts Focus Program in Global Conflict and Violence (2016-2020). Her research focuses on the cultural history of war, with a particular interest in issues of imprisonment and captivity, witnessing, the photography of atrocity, gender and memory. 

Christina is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and a member of the international coordinating committee of Historians Without Borders. In 2012, Christina was the Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen and was President of the International Australian Studies Association , 2011-12. From 2012-15 she was Co-Editor, with Professor Catharine Coleborne, of Australian Historical Studies and was elected Chair of the Board of AHS at the conclusion of her editorial term.

Christina is a prize-winning historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Australia. Her latest book is The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia (NewSouth, 2018). She co-authored with Mark Peel A History of Australia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; 2nd Edition, 2017)). Her book  Australian’s Forgotten Prisoners: Civilians Interned by the Japanese in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2007) won a 2008 NSW Premier’s History Prize. In 2009, she was awarded the Frederick Watson Fellowship by the National Archives of Australia. Christina’s first book, Deserted and Destitute: Motherhood, Wife Desertion and Colonial Welfare (ASP, 2002) was the recipient of a National Centenary of Federation Grant, and published the results of her PhD research into gender and welfare in colonial Victoria.

A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Christina held an appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Deakin University (1997-2000) and a Lectureship at the University of Adelaide (2001-02) before her appointment to Monash University in 2003.

Christina is also an experienced academic administrator. She was Vice-President, Academic Board at Monash University, 2016-17 and has been an ERA coordinator for the 2015 and 2018 ERA rounds.