Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Miranda Johnson

BA (Wellington); MA (Auckland); PhD (Chicago)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Room K6.04, Quadrangle A14

+61 2 9351 4933

Dr Johnson is an historian of indigenous peoples and settler colonialism in the Anglophone post/colonial world, most specifically in North America and the Pacific. At the University of Sydney, she holds an appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, as part of Professor Warwick Anderson’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project, “Race and Ethnicity in the Global South”. She has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan.
Dr Johnson's work engages questions of race, culture and rights in legal, political and social contexts. She is currently completing a book manuscript, "Re-Founding the Settler State: Indigenous rights in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, 1967-2000", that asks why the demand for and recognition of indigenous rights came to such national prominence in the three Commonwealth settler states in the closing decades of the twentieth century. It describes how indigenous rights activists made compelling arguments for their political difference within a broader context of geopolitical and economic shifts in and across the three countries. She argue that indigenous activism was in part so successful because it engaged with a broader project of "re-founding" the settler state as Australia, Canada and New Zealand sought out new identities in a postcolonial Asia-Pacific.

Research areas

comparative indigenous history
settler colonial history
Australian and New Zealand history
postcolonial theory and race
legal history


Re-founding the Settler State: indigenous rights in Australia, Canada and New Zealand 1967-2000 (in progress)

Articles & Chapters in Books
"Reconciliation, indigeneity and postcolonial nationhood in settler states", Postcolonial Studies, 14, 2 (2011): 187-201
"Burdens of Belonging: indigeneity and the re-founding of Aotearoa New Zealand", New Zealand Journal of History, 45, 1 (2011): 102-112
"The Gove Land Rights Case and the Problem of History in a Decolonising Australia", in Race, Nation, History, Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths, eds (Melbourne, 2009)
"Making History Public: Indigenous Claims to Settler States", Public Culture, 20, 1 (2008): 97-117
"Honest Acts and Dangerous Supplements: Indigenous Oral History and Historical Practice in Settler Societies", Postcolonial Studies, 8, 3 (2005): 261-76
""The Land of the Wrong White Crowd": anti-racist organizations and Pakeha identity politics in the 1970s", New Zealand Journal of History, 39, 2 (2005): 137-57

Dr Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh

BA (Boston College) PhD (Maryland)
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Room K6.05, Quadrangle A14

+61 2 9351 5039

Sarah is an historian of Latin America, focusing on the relationship between eugenics and Catholicism in the early 20th century. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. Sarah is a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Laureate Fellowship project, “Race and Ethnicity in the Global South,” supervised by Professor Warwick Anderson. In 2010, she received the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to study the development of eugenics as a discipline in Chile.

Sarah’s manuscript project examines the development and application of eugenic science to the field of public health in Chile between 1900 and 1950. Her research demonstrates how Chilean social reformers idealized their indigenous ancestry while simultaneously overlooking the indigenous peoples living in Chile and on its peripheries to create a eugenic science focused on national racial homogeneity. Additionally, she studies how Chilean Catholic social reformers formed a meaningful part of the Chilean debates regarding eugenics and race. Specifically, Sarah assesses the visual culture corresponding to Chilean eugenics to see if there was a preferred Chilean phenotype that eugenics sought to create. This will illuminate how racial difference and similarity was made in Chile. By studying Chilean visual culture, her manuscript will complicate scholarly notions about racial ideology in Latin America.

Research areas

Latin America
women and gender
public health
history of science
history of medicine
history of religion


2012: Dissertation Award, Department of History, University of Maryland

2010-2011: National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant

Dr Christine Winter

Chrisine Winter

ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Room K6.07, Quadrangle A14

Christine is a transnational historian, analyzing Pacific-European relations during the long 20th century. She completed her PhD at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University in 2005. Since then she has worked on several ARC funded group projects: The weight of modernity, a historical-epidemiological study of obesity in Australia (CI Prof. Dorothy Broome and Dr. Jane Dixon, ANU); [i||The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War Operations]] (CI Prof David Horner, ANU); The Humanitarian Dilemma: Intervention and the Relief of Suffering in the Mid-Twentieth Century (CI Prof Tessa Morris-Suzuki). In 2010 Christine was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland, researching Legacies of the German Empire in Oceania: the transformation of German identity during the inter-war years. Christine’s research at the University of Sydney analyses scientific theories, identity and politics of mixed-race German Diasporas in Southern Hemisphere Mandated Territories.

Christine has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, most recently in 2012 an International Visiting Scholar Fellowship, from the Research Group Historicizing Knowledge about Human Biological Diversity in the 20th Century, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin.

Research areas

19th and 20th century European and Pacific history
transnational history
German diaspora studies
colonialism and its legacies
scientific theories and politics of ‘race’

Selected publications

(2012). Looking after one's own: the rise of Nationalism and the Politics of the Neuendettelsauer Mission in Australia, New Guinea and Germany (1921 - 1933). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing.

Edited Books
With G. Gray and D. Munro, (2012). Scholars at War: Australasian Social Scientists, 1939-1945. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
With E. Turner-Graham, (2010). National socialism in Oceania: a critical evaluation of its effect and aftermath. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing.

Book chapters
(2012). Inter-war transformation of German - Australian identity: the case of Queensland pastor Friedrich Otto Theile. In Andrew G. Bonnell and Rebecca Vonhoff (Eds.), Germans in Queensland: 150 Years, (pp. 143-158). Franfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing.
Gray, G., Munro, D., Winter, C. (2012). Introduction. In G. Gray, D. Munro & C. Winter (Eds.), Scholars at War: Australasian Social Scientists, 1939-1945, (pp. 1-27). Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press.
(2011). No Man's Land: a tale of love and longing during wartime. In Peter Monteath (Eds.), Germans: Travellers, Settlers and Their Descendants in South Australia, (pp. 345-364). Kent Town: Wakefield Press.
(2010). The Founding of the NSDAP stronghold in Finschhafen. In Emily Turner-Graham, Christine Winter (Eds.), National socialism in Oceania: a critical evaluation of its effect and aftermath, (pp. 31-47). Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing.
(2008). Neutral intermediaries? The role of the Swiss Government in looking after internees during the Second World War. In Joan Beaumont, Ilma Martinuzzi O'Brien and Mathew Trinca (Eds.), Under suspicion: Citizenship and internment in Australia during the Second World War, (pp. 52-66). Canberra, Australia: National Museum of Australia Press.
(2007). Contributions to the Ethnography of the Australians. In Martin Thomas (Eds.), Culture in Translation: The Anthropological Legacy of R.H. Mathews, (pp. 51-73). Canberra: ANU E Press.
(2007). Initiation Ceremony of the Birdhawal Tribe. In Martin Thomas (Eds.), Culture in Translation: The Anthropological Legacy of R.H. Mathews, (pp. 207-215). Canberra: ANU E Press.
(2007). Letters to R. H. Mathews. In Martin Thomas (Eds.), Culture in Translation: The Anthropological Legacy of R.H. Mathews, (pp. 245-253). Canberra: ANU E Press.
(2007). Remarks on the Natives of Australia. In Martin Thomas (Eds.), Culture in Translation: The Anthropological Legacy of R.H. Mathews, (pp. 109-116). Canberra: ANU E Press.

(2013). Limits of impartiality: The delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Australia during the Second World War. History Australia, 10(2), 56-74.
(2013). Luda Popenhagen, Australian Lithuanians, UNSW Press, Sydney 2012. Reviews in Australian Studies, 7(4).
(2011). Changing Frames: Identity and citizenship of New Guineans of German heritage during the inter-war years. Germanica Pacifica.
(2010). Captain Cook Was Here. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2010 (1), 119-120.
(2010). Dear Dr. Janzow: Australia’s Lutheran Churches and Refugees from Hitler’s Germany. Journal of Religious History, 34(2), 253-254.
(2010). In/visible Sight: the mixed descent families of southern New Zealand. The Journal of Pacific History, 45(3), 379-380.
(2009). Anthropology’s Global Histories. The Ethnographic Frontier in German New Guinea, 18701935. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10(4), 377-379.
(2008). "A Good-Will Ship": The Light Cruiser Koln Visits Rabaul (1933). Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(1), 44-54.
(2008). 'Australien sagt "Sorry!" Zur Entshuldigungspolitik bei der indigenen Bevolkerung. Zeitschrift Frauensolidaritat, 104(2), 32-33.
(2008). Inadvertent Emissary of the Third Reich: The German Navy and the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. Journal of Australian Naval History, 5(1), 37-52.
(2008). The Hitler Club. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(1), 146-147.
(2008). Women and Police Peacekeeping – Celebrating 20 Years. The Journal for women and policing,Winter 2008(22), 36-38.