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Dr Yves Rees Lecturer in History, History

Yves is a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University. They are a historian of Australia in the world, with particular interests in gender, modernity, mobility and whiteness. Their current research examines Australian women's transpacific careering and the impact of United States interwar immigration restriction upon white British subjects. Yves is also working on the history of the Australian economics profession and economic thought.

Yves is the recipient of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, awarded for their essay ‘Reading the Mess Backwards’. Their memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition will be published by Allen & Unwin in early 2022. Yves has also received the Serle Award for Best Postgraduate Thesis in Australian History, the Ken Inglis Prize, an Endeavour Research Fellowship, the ANU Gender Institute Research Excellence Award, and was a finalist for the 2019 CHASS Future Leader Award. Yves' first monograph Travelling to Tomorrow: Australian Women and the American Century is contracted with Nebraska University Press.

During 2017-20, Yves was a David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University. Prior to joining La Trobe, Yves was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney. Yves holds a PhD from the Australian National University and an MA from University College London, and has been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University.

Yves is the co-host (with Clare Wright) of the history podcast Archive Fever, produced by Matt Smith. Yves is also a regular contributor to ABC radio, and their writing has featured in Guardian Australia, the Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, Overland, Inside Story, ABC Online, The Conversation, Archer Magazine and the Australian Book Review.

At present, Yves is a co-convenor of the Melbourne Feminist History Group and sits on the Board of the History Council of Victoria.

Yves is transgender and writes on transgender history, identity and politics. Yves uses they/them pronouns.


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