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Professor Diane Kirkby Emeritus Professor, Archaeology

Professor Kirkby's current research concentrates on maritime workers in Australia, India and Japan. In addition she currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant to undertake a history of women working in non-traditional occupations such as seafaring and dockworking, another to study women's access to jury service, and a Linkage Project grant to explore women and leadership. Her research in labour history and gender has covered women's paid work as journalists and barmaids, the intersection of law and history, and feminist campaigning for labour rights and economic citizenship. Professor Kirkby won the WK Hancock Prize for her book Alice Henry: The Power of Pen and Voice. She was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral award to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has held fellowships at the Humanities Research Centre, State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Wolfsohn College Oxford. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the American Society of Legal History.


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