I have degrees from the University of Melbourne and Monash University. I completed my PhD in the School of Historical Studies here at Monash under the supervision of Professor Graeme Davison in 1999 and have been a member of the teaching staff of the School since then. I also teach as part of the International Studies program.
My first major sole-authored book, Together Apart; boarding house, hostel and flat life in prewar Melbourne, based on my PhD thesis, was short-listed in the Local and Community history category of the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2003. More recently I published Go!: Melbourne in the Sixties , co-edited with Tanja Luckins of the University of Melbourne, which was commended in the Collaborative/Community category of the Victorian Community History Awards in 2007.