I am an early career historian and wine studies scholar in the Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Science at The University of Newcastle. My doctoral research in History at the University of Sydney identified the framework for wine studies as a new Humanities and Social Science research field in which I have since published widely.
My post-doctoral research explores the ‘wine complex’ of early Australian wine production, trade and consumption within multiple historical frameworks including colonial and environmental history. I have published on the significance of wine and wine growing in the Australian colonial imaginary, Aboriginal-settler relations, social reforms to create sobriety, and notions of place.
In 2010, I held the Rydon Fellowship at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College, London. My teaching at The University of Newcastle is in Australian and European History. I am a founding member of the University of Newcastle’s Wine Studies Research Network.