Biography

Christina Twomey is Professor of History and 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. From 2012-15 she was an ARC Future Fellow, and studied the imperial and humanitarian origins of concentration camps as they emerged in Cuba, South Africa and the Philippines.

Christina is also a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Australia, and co-authored with Mark Peel A History of Australia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Her previous 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 a 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 (www.inasa.org), 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 also an experienced academic administrator. She is currently Vice-President, Academic Board at Monash University. At the School level, she has held all portfolios from honours, education and research coordination and is presently Head of History in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.