Dr Rachel Stevens

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

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Areas of expertise: immigration history; refugee history; Australian history

Phone: +61 3 9953 3931

Email: rachel.stevens@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9580-6733

Dr Rachel Stevens is a research fellow and contemporary refugee historian based at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. Her book publications include the sole authored monograph, Immigration Policy from 1970 to the Present (Routledge, 2016), and the edited collection (with Dr Jordana Silverstein), Refugee Journeys: Resettlement, Representation and Resistance (ANU Press, forthcoming 2020). She served as guest editor (with Professor Joy Damousi) of the special issue of ‘Refugees: Past and Present’ in the Australian Journal of Politics and History (December 2019). Her research articles have appeared in leading Australian and international refereed journals, including Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, Immigrants and Minorities, Australian Journal of Politics and History and Teaching in Higher Education. Rachel has been awarded funded fellowships from the National Library of Australia (2018), the US Department of State (2013) and during her doctoral research was a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Government. Prior to joining the Australian Catholic University in 2020, she was a researcher at the University of Melbourne (2015-2020) and a Lecturer at Monash University (2010-2014).

Select publications

  • Sole-authored monographs
    • Immigration Policy from 1970 to the Present. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Edited collections
    • Refugees: Past and Present. Special issue of the Australian Journal of Politics and History (co-edited with Professor Joy Damousi), vol. 65, no. 4 December 2019.
    • Refugee Journeys: Resettlement, Representation and Resistance (co-edited with Dr Jordana Silverstein). Under contract with ANU Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • Refereed journal articles
    • ‘Humanitarianism from the Suburbs. Australian Refugee Relief and Activism during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War’, Australian Journal of Politics and History vol. 65, issue 4 (December 2019): 566-83. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12622
    • ‘Intimate Oral Histories: Intercultural Romantic Relationships in Post-war Australia’, Australian Historical Studies 49, 3 (2018): 359-77 (with Associate Professor Seamus O’Hanlon). https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2018.1486444 
    • ‘A Nation of Immigrants or a Nation of Immigrant Cities? The urban context of Australian multiculturalism, 1947-2011’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 63, no. 4 (2017): 556-71 (with Assoc. Prof. O’Hanlon). https://doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12403
    • ‘Role-play and student engagement. Reflections from the classroom’, Teaching in Higher Education 20, no. 5 (July 2015): 481-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2015.1020778
    • ‘After the ‘Great White Walls’ Came Down. Debating the ethnicity of immigrants in Australia and the USA, 1980-1990’, Immigrants & Minorities 32, no. 3 (2014): 262-92.https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2012.759748
    • ‘Political Debates on Asylum Seekers during the Fraser Government, 1977-1982’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 58, no. 4 (December 2012): 526-541. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01651.x
    • ‘‘Captured by Kindness’: Australian Press Representations of the Vietnam War, 1965–1970’, History Australia 3 (December 2006): 45.1-45.17. https://doi.org/10.2104/ha060045
  • Refereed book chapters
    • ‘The other Asian refugees in the 1970s. Australian responses to the Bangladeshi refugee crisis in 1971’, in Refugee Journeys. Resettlement, Representation and Resistance, edited by Jordana Silverstein and Rachel Stevens, under contract with ANU Press, forthcoming 2020.
    • ‘Refugee Journeys’, in in Refugee Journeys. Resettlement, Representation and Resistance, edited by Jordana Silverstein and Rachel Stevens, under contract with ANU Press, forthcoming 2020.
    • ‘Mismanaging Multiculturalism. The Official English Movement in the United States’, in Intercultural Relations in a Global World, edited by Michele Lobo et. al., Champaign: Common Ground Publishing, 2011.

Projects

  • Book manuscript (sole)
    Refugees, Relief and Revolution. Australians in the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • Team projects (lead CI)
    Documenting Impermanence: Stories from asylum seekers on bridging and temporary visas

Accolades and awards

  • National Library of Australia Research Fellowship (2018)
  • United States Department of State Summer Scholars Fellowship, New York University (2013)
  • Monash University Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2013)
  • Monash University Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2012)

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