The Centre for Colonial and Settler Studies is made up of academics and postgraduate students at the University of Wollongong. We also welcome affiliates from Australia and overseas.


Dr Jane Carey
BA Hons, BSc, PhD (University of Melbourne)

Jane Carey is an historian of British settler societies. Her work spans across settler, women’s and Indigenous histories. She is the editor of several collections including Re-Orienting Whiteness (Palgrave, 2009), Creating White Australia (Sydney University Press, 2009), and (with Jane Lydon) Indigenous Networks: Mobility, Connections and Exchange (Routledge, 2014). She is currently completing a monograph Taking to the Field: A History of Australian Women and Science (forthcoming with Monash University Publishing).


A/Prof Frances Steel
BA, PGDip (Otago), PhD (ANU)

Frances Steel is a historian of the modern Pacific World. Her research interests include oceanic mobilities, settler colonial sub-imperialisms and transpacific networks of commodity exchange. Her work has been supported by the Australian Research Council and the National Library of Australia. She is the author of Oceania Under Steam: Sea Transport and the Cultures of Colonialism (Manchester University Press, 2011), and editor of New Zealand and the Sea: Historical Perspectives (Bridget Williams Books, 2018).