Members / Early Career Researchers / Honorary Fellows


Vera Mackie

Vera Mackie is Honorary Senior Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research. Research projects include the ARC Discovery Project ‘IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience’ (DP150101081, with Sarah Ferber and Nicola J. Marks) the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Fostering Women Leaders through Educational Exchange, 1930–1980’ (LP150100904, with Diane Kirkby, Tanya Fitzgerald, Tangerine Holt and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission) and Global Challenges projects on ‘Australia and the Sustainable Development Goals’, ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Development’ and ‘Microfinance and Dialogic Accounting’. She is a former National Co-Convener of the Australian Women’s History Network, and a Board Member of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.

Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford

Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford is a Senior Lecturer in French. Her research interests include societal multilingualism and particularly socio-cultural, political and language issues in multilingual creolophone societies. She is currently investigating patterns of language use and language attitudes in New Caledonia, where French comes in contact with indigenous Melanesian languages, Tayo, a French Creole, and English.

Kate Bowles

Kate Bowles’s primary research and research supervision focuses on the connections between emerging social media cultures and earlier social histories of media practice; the histories of rural cinema-going in New South Wales; cinema segregation practices; and the use of cultural mapping tools to help analyse consistencies in media experiences at specific locations over time.

Jane Carey

Jane Carey’s research ranges widely across histories of race, gender, science and reproduction in British settler societies from the mid-nineteenth century into the recent past, moving across Britain, New Zealand and North America as well as Australia.

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa is an historian working at the intersection of feminist, nationalist and imperialist, and emotions research. She has published on anti-feminist shaming across the British Empire and on how women’s activism is remembered transnationally.

Tim Di Muzio

Tim DiMuzio is an Associate Professor in International Studies and Political Economy. He is the author of The 1% and the Rest of Us among other works and has a long standing interest in global inequality and human rights abuses.

Shoshana Dreyfus

Shoshana Dreyfus is a researcher and teacher who specialises in systemic functional linguistics, genre and register theory, discourse analysis and academic literacy. She has almost 20 years research and teaching experience in functional and applied linguistics, and an additional background in education, in particular literacy education. Her research has mostly focused on non-verbal communication and language disorder, and discipline-specific academic literacy, as well as developments in systemic functional linguistic theory and discourse semantics. In addition to these areas, she is interested in many applications of linguistic theory to a wide range of objects of study including language and power, evaluative language, and media discourse.

Susan Engel

Susan Engel is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies and teaches and researches in the areas of development, international studies, global politics and international political economy. She has a strong focus on the theory and practice of rights-based development.

Sarah Ferber

Sarah Ferber is Professor in the History Program at UOW. She researches early modern European religion and modern medical bioethics. Her current research projects are a major history, ‘IVF and Assisted Reproduction, the Global Experience’ (with Professor Vera Mackie and Dr Nicola J. Marks, ARC DP 2015-2017), and ‘Magic, Witches and Demons in Pre-modern Europe and its Colonies’. Sarah has extensive research and administrative experience in the ethics of medical experimentation involving human subjects.

 Charles Hawksley

 Charles Hawksley

Charles Hawksley is Senior Lecturer in Politics with research interest in the areas of State Security and Human Rights, particularly the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), and Human Security, particularly Food Security. He has conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands on Police-building and RtoP, and is completing a book with Dr Nichole Georgeou (ACU Strathfield) on Police-building and the Responsibility to Protect in Oceania: Gender, Civil Society and Human Rights Culture in Oceania (Routledge, forthcoming 2016).

Claire Lowrie

Claire Lowrie works on the history of labour and colonialism in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. She specialises in the history of Asian and Indigenous domestic service. Her funded projects include an ARC Discovery Grant on the history of male servitude in the Asia-Pacific region (with Julia Martinez, Frances Steel and Victoria Haskins). Her book Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics, 1880-1930 was published with Manchester University Press in 2016. Claire has also published her work in Modern Asian Studies, the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History and Gender and History.

 Nicola J. Marks

Nicola J. Marks is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Her research and teaching interests focus on the sociology of science, technology and medicine. She has published on public engagement in science, democratisation of science decision-making practices, and science-society interactions. Specific areas of expertise include the social dimensions of stem cell research, euthanasia and reproduction. She is currently Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project entitled ‘IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience’ (DP150101081, with Vera Mackie and Sarah Ferber). Nicola is Vice-President of the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science.

Julia Martínez

Julia Martínez has held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. She publishes on Indigenous and Asian labour history and on Chinese diaspora in Australia and Southeast Asia. Her ARC-funded projects include a history of ‘traffic’ in women in Australia and Southeast Asia and a study of colonial domestic service with Claire Lowrie, Victoria Haskins and Frances Steel. The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labour and Indigenous Encounters, co-authored with Adrian Vickers, was published by the University of Hawai’i Press.

Robyn Morris

Robyn Morris researches representations of war, genocide and human rights violations in diasporic Asian fiction and memoir. Her work aims to contribute to a rethinking of issues of trauma, dislocation, and diversity as a regional phenomenon at the heart of contemporary Australian life.

Hironori Onuki

Hironori Onuki is a lecturer in Politics and International Studies. His research interests lie in the areas of international political economy, global labour migration, gender relations, and human security, with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region.

Sharon Ee Ling Quah

Sharon Ee Ling Quah is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She is the author of Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore (Springer, 2015). Her research focuses on divorce, transnational intimacies and divorce, heteronormativity, non-normative families, feminist perspectives, genders, masculinities, sexualities and social policy.​

Rowena Ward


Rowena Ward is a Senior Lecturer in Japanese. Her main research interest covers the repatriation of Japanese civilians from Manchukuo and British and French colonies in the Pacific during and after the Asia-Pacific theatre of World War II. Rowena is also interested in issues of gender in the languages classroom.

Andrew Whelan

Andrew Whelan is a Senior Lecturer in sociology. He has research interests in subcultural media, music, bureaucracy and social organization and social theory. He is co-editor of Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education (2013), Networked Music Cultures (2016), author of Breakcore: Identity and Interaction on Peer-to-Peer (2008), and has contributions in the edited collections Researching Music Censorship (2015), Being Cultural (2011), Dichotonies (2009), and Cybersounds (2006).

Early Career Researchers

Zoë Barker

Zoë Barker is a PhD candidate working in the multidisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies with research interests in the sociology of reproductive medicine and technology.

Alexander Brown

Alexander Brown has held a JSPS International Research Fellowship at Japan Women’s University and an Honorary Associate at University of Technology Sydney. He is the author of Anti-nuclear Protest in Post-Fukushima Tokyo (Routledge, 2018), which looks at the recent development of anti-nuclear protest movements in the context of the broader urban activist culture in Tokyo. Alexander’s translation of Shimizu Hiromu’s Grassroots Globalization was published by Trans Pacific Press. His current research looks at the role of nuclear things in the Australia-Japan relationship, with a particular emphasis on how nuclear issues have shaped transnational social movements and civil society connections between the two countries.

Tamara Cooper

Tamara Cooper is a PhD Candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong. Her research focus is on the British Women’s Missionary Movement and its involvement in debates on the trafficking in women and children in China and Hong Kong during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Marisa Ramos Gonçalves

Marisa Ramos Gonçalves is a researcher and teacher in the field of international development and sociology, looking at the intersection of human rights’ movements in the global south, memory studies and education. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry on concepts of human rights in Timor-Leste, with a particular focus on the intergenerational transmission of memory and ideas of rights.

Paola Miranda

Paola Miranda is a researcher in human rights law, with a particular interest in gender equality. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Law at the University of Wollongong. Her dissertation examined the effectiveness of The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) with a focus on Bangladesh’s reservation to CEDAW. Her research looks into the interpretation and application of human rights law domestically.

Pham Thi Thanh Nga

Pham Thi Thanh Nga’s research focuses on international standards for children’s rights in the judicial sector and their practical application in Vietnam. Her recent publications include ‘Juvenile Offenders in Vietnam and the Right to Defence’ (Youth Justice Journal), ‘Developments in the Right to Defence for Juvenile Offenders since Vietnam’s Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (East Asian Law Review Journal), and ‘The Establishment of Juvenile Courts and the Fulfilment of Vietnam’s Obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (Australian Journal of Asian Law).

Linh Nguyen

Thi Huyen Linh Nguyen is a PhD researcher based at the University of Wollongong. Her research focuses on the representation of LGBT characters in contemporary movies and resulting social debates in Vietnam. She is also engaged in LGBT movements in Vietnam. Her most recent article is ‘New Zealand same-sex marriage legislation in the Australian media’ (Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies).

Honorary Fellows

Vicki Crinis

Vicki Crinis researches the clothing industry, NGOs and trade unions, women’s reproductive and productive labour, labour migration, corporate social responsibility (CSR), labour rights and human rights. Her edited book with Adrian Vickers (University of Sydney), Dis-Organising Labour in the Asia Pacific, is published by Routledge Asia.

Kathryn Flynn

Kathryn Flynn is writing a book on fraud, waste and abuse in the healthcare sector in Australia. It will cover the differing contributions from criminology and law in regard to white-collar crime; medical overservicing and clinical uncertainty; data analytics to identify potential health care fraud; the changing ways the Privacy Act has been interpreted and applied in the healthcare financial fraud arena; fraud in the hospital sector and the opportunities for fraud in the pharmaceutical sector.

Nichole Georgeou

Nichole Georgeou worked as an aid volunteer and aid organiser/manager in Japan and in Vietnam, working with UNICEF and various civil society organisations prior to becoming an academic. She is an international authority on volunteering for development and was an invited participant at the 2015 Bonn UN Volunteers workshop that set the research agenda for the articulation of volunteering for development with the Sustainable Development Goals. Nichole is the author of the 2012 study Neoliberalism, Development and Aid Volunteering (Routledge). Her work has appeared in Journal of Sociology, Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Politics and History, and Voluntas.

Deborah Mayersen

Deborah Mayersen is an historian specialising in genocide studies.  Her recent publications include On the Path to Genocide: Armenia and Rwanda Reexamined (Berghahn Books, 2014) and the forthcoming edited volume The United Nations and Genocide (Palgrave, 2016).

Kate McGregor

Kate McGregor is an historian of Indonesia. Her research interests include Indonesian historiography, memories of violence, the Indonesian military, Islam and identity in Indonesia and historical international links between Indonesia and the world. Kate recently completed a four year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship at the University of Melbourne on the project: Confronting Historical Injustice in Indonesia: Memory and Transnational Human Rights Activism.

Members / Early Career Researchers / Honorary Fellows