For both personal and political reasons, my interests have always lain at the intersections of identity. I studied representations of immigrant women in my undergraduate work; gendered notions of criminality and class identity in my graduate studies. I will always be interested in those themes: in questions of how identity is shaped, how identity shapes destiny and the limits and possibilities of individual agency. In particular, as reflected in my science-fiction novel, Flesh & Wires, I am particularly interested in the way that women treat each other given changing cultural, social and political constraints.
Over the years I was taught by a long series of strong-minded women who encouraged me in many different ways and to whom I am permanently indebted. After completing a BA and an MA at the University of Melbourne, I completed a Ph.D. in American Women’s History at Cornell University with Professor Mary Beth Norton. I’ve done many different things since then—most of which fall under the rubric of pen-for-hire. At the moment I am working on a diverse range of projects, including a study on what makes senior business women successful and a history of Irish/Australian women convicts.