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. Between 2017 and 2020 I researched and taught history (cultural history, Australian migration, Genocide studies, Memory Studies ) and Screen Studies (film & television) at Monash University.

I continue to research and publish in the field of Screened History.

As a passionate educator, in 2020 I began a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin University, to enable me to become a secondary school teacher specialising in the fields of History and English.

For a copy of my full CV please email me