About Me

MiaSpeech2I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and have lived here in various suburbs my whole life. I have been lucky to travel extensively with family, at university, and for work.

During my studies I worked in a variety of jobs, including a stint as a theatre technician. After completing my Masters Degree I travelled for some months in Europe before returning to work for 5 years as a Coursework and Policy Officer in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. During this time I found the project I wanted to ‘live’ with for the length of time it would take to complete a PhD, and I began my doctoral studies.

Throughout my doctoral studies (as well as earlier during my Masters) I was a sessional academic in the Faculty of Arts, in the History program in a variety of units. I also taught in units offered by the Film and Television Studies Program, the English Program and the Diploma in Tertiary Studies program, all at Monash University.

After completing my PhD, I worked in the specialist field of transition and social inclusion for six years, both at Monash University, and then at Federation University Australia. During this time I worked with an amazing team, publishing a book on our work, and winning an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2012 for Programs that Enhance Learning.

In 2016, I published Reframing the Past: History, Film & Television and I made a decision to return to my original fields of study. Since 2017, I have been researching and teaching history (cultural history, Australian migration, Genocide studies, Memory Studies ) and screen studies (film & television) at Monash University.

I am a passionate and highly experienced university educator, with extensive experiences in curriculum development. I am a screened historian who is passionate about researching and writing about screened history in as many modes as possible.


  • Research Supervisor Accreditation (Level 1), Monash University, Institute of Graduate Research, 2013
  • Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice, Monash University, 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy (History and Film & Television Studies), Monash University,  2010
  • Master of Arts (Public History), Monash University, 2001
  • Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts (First class honours, History), Monash University,  1999
  • Bachelor of Arts (History & English Literature), Monash University, 1998

Awards & Honours

  • Film and History Conference Peter C. Rollins Director’s Award for Management of Conference Scholarship (2017)
  • 2 nominations Vice-Chancellor’s Awards, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Federation University Australia (2016)
  • Winner, Australian Awards for University Teaching – Programs that Enhance Learning, Widening Participation category. The Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DoTS) at Monash University was recognised as an outstanding model of socially inclusive pedagogy, which has demonstrated consistent success in preparing students from disadvantaged backgrounds for achievement in university study. (2012)
  • Monash University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) commendation for excellence in teaching (2009 & 2010)
  • Dean of Arts’ Commendation of Excellence in Teaching, Monash University (2008 & 2010)
  • Vida Goldstein Award nomination, Women’s Electoral Lobby, VIC, for online history: Women in Motion (2001)


Curriculum Vitae