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Associate Professor Katherine Ellinghaus Associate Professor (History), History

Kat Ellinghaus is an Associate Professor of History in the School of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University, where she teaches Australian and Indigenous history. She is of Irish, Scottish and German descent and is the author of Taking Assimilation to Heart: Marriages of White Women and Indigenous Men in the United States and Australia, 1887-1937 (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) and Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). In 2014 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant to write a history of Aboriginal exemption policies in Australia. Kat has researched and written extensively on Indigenous assimilation policies and made an enduring contribution to the field in Australia and internationally. She has presented work to Australian, Canadian and US journals, conferences and publishing houses and has made significant interventions into the history of Indigenous assimilation policy, colonial history, intimacy, gender and racial discourse, and to the task of bringing Australian history to the attention of the international scholarly community and beyond. She works across the fields of Australian Aboriginal history and North American Indigenous history and participated in the Australian historical ‘transnational turn’ in the early 2000s. In the field of Australian Indigenous history, however, ethical scholarly practices are becoming as, if not more, important than scholarly esteem and expertise. In her most recent work Kat has added a new and important focus to my work: collaborative practice and history writing based on collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars and people which places ethics and community at the highest priority.


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