Ana Stevenson PortraitMy name is Ana Stevenson and I am a historian, early career researcher, designer, and musician from Australia. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

My research interests centre on women’s history, social movements, United States history, studies of gender and race, and popular culture. I am interested in transnational feminism(s), media history (including film and television), fashion history, and literary history.

I was awarded my Ph.D. (history) from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2015. In 2012 I undertook a New England Regional Fellowship Consortium research trip in the United States. Between 2014 and 2015, I was a Visiting Scholar in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

My professional life has been shaped by three key threads: research; design; and music. The graphic design skills I acquired as an undergraduate have been put to use alongside my academic endeavours. I have also worked as a semi-professional musician in string quartets, a jazz trio, and as a busker. I am currently the recorder player in the renaissance and baroque ensemble, The Johnian Duo.

A little bit about me: I love musicals, and I also enjoy travel, reading, skiing, Asian food, and a good coffee anywhere in the world.

Down Under Feminists’ Carnival: 106th Edition

Welcome to the 106th edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! This post celebrates the feminist blogging of writers across Australia and New Zealand during March 2017. Fittingly, many posts were […]

History Carnival: 158

I’m excited to again have the opportunity to host the The History Carnival, this time the 158th edition, a monthly showcase of new blogging about history. This post features blogs published […]

Lillie Devereux Blake

This post initially appeared at Sheroes of History on April 7, 2016. Lillie Devereux Blake, a 19th century American writer and women’s rights reformer, played an important, though often overlooked, presence […]

Review: American Historical Association Annual Meeting

This post initially appeared at U.S. Studies Online on February 12, 2016. The American Historical Association Annual Meeting, held in Atlanta, Georgia signalled an exciting start to 2016. This overview will […]

#AWW2016: Review 1

Angela Woollacott. Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 9780199641802. Hardback $122.95. My #AWW2016 journey begins with Angela Woollacott’s wonderful new monograph, Settler Society in […]

Dispatches from the Poster Session, AHA 2016

This post initially appeared at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, on January 9, 2016. Today marked the exciting beginning and conclusion, which came all too soon, of the poster sessions […]

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My 2016 reading challenges: #AWW2016 and #BustleReads

Thanks for tuning in to follow my reading challenge exploits for 2016! In 2015, I began my website and my blog with the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Each level – named […]

My #AWW2015 Round Up

As we come to the end of 2015 and I have completed the Australian Women’s Writers Challenge, I would like to return to the aims I set for myself for the […]


#AWW2015: Review 10

Deirdre Coleman. Romantic Colonisation and British Anti-Slavery. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 9780521102711. Paperback $39.99. Deirdre Coleman’s Romantic Colonisation and British Anti-Slavery brings together many of my own research interests in colonialism and the […]

#AWW2015: Review 9

Beverley Kingston. My Wife, My Daughter, and Poor Mary Ann: Women and Work in Australia. Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1975. 0170019926. Paperback $19.95. When it was first published in 1975, Beverley Kingston’s My Wife, […]

#AWW2015: Review 8

Jeanette Hoorn. Australian Pastoral: The Making of a White Landscape. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Press, 2007. 9781920731540. Paperback $21.95. Jeanette Hoorn’s  Australian Pastoral: The Making of a White Landscape is my first foray into […]

#AWW2015: Review 7

Tara Moss. The Fictional Woman. Sydney: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014. 9781460700587. Paperback $29.99. E-book $11.99. Some of the concerns Tara Moss raises in The Fictional Woman speak to the very purpose of the Australian Women Writers Challenge. […]

#AWW2015: Review 6

Clare Wright. The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2013. 9781922182548. Paperback $34.99. Across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many nationalistic histories routinely overlooked the presence of women. This has culminated […]

The suffragettes were rebels, certainly, but not slaves

This post initially appeared at The Conversation, on October 9, 2015. It was at a 1913 meeting for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in London that suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst […]

#AWW2015: Review 5

Lisa Lang. Utopia Man: A Novel. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2010. 9781742373348. Paperback $22.99. When it is dark the sun no longer shines, but who shall forget the colours of […]

History Carnival: 149

This month I am excited to have the opportunity to present the 149th edition of The History Carnival, a monthly showcase of exciting new blogging about history. I will give […]

Review: ANZASA Conference (Part Two)

This post initially appeared on the U.S. Studies Online blog, on August 15, 2015. It is a review of the 2015 Australia New Zealand American Studies Conference, held at Monash University. In […]

#AWW2015: Review 4

Geraldine Brooks. Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. Sydney: Bantam, 1995, 2008.  9781742746357. “Almighty God created sexual desire in ten parts; then he gave nine parts to women […]

#AWW2015: Review 3

Frances M. Clarke. War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. 9780226108629. Cloth $43.00. I have seen Him in the watch fires of a […]

Down Under Feminists’ Carnival: 85th Edition

Welcome to the 85th edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! This post celebrates the feminist blogging of writers across Australia and New Zealand during May 2015. My thanks to Mary, […]

My Interview with Nicholas Clarke: “Gender in Fiction”

On May 31, 2015, I did an interview with Nicholas Clarke at The Narrative Within.  The whole interview can be accessed here, but check out the excerpt below: NC: When […]

#AWW2015: Review 2

Hsu-Ming Teo. Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels. Austin, University of Texas Press, 2012. 9780292739383. Hardcover $60.00. Paperback $30.00. In 2013, I attended a book launch at the Australian Historical […]

The Suffrage Postcard Project

Kristin Allukian, Georgia Institute of Technology (@KristinAllukian) Ana Stevenson, University of Pittsburgh (@singin_banana) Welcome to our first blog post for The Suffrage Postcard Project!  Our project aims to analyse early-twentieth-century […]

Call for Submissions: 85th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival

Hello!  I will be curating the 85th edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival (DUFC) for May 2015. Since June 2008, the DUFC has featured a monthly collection of feminist blog […]

Belle, Books, and Ballot: The Life and Writing of Nineteenth-Century Reformer Lillie Devereux Blake (1833-1913)

This post initially appeared on the U.S. Studies Online blog, on March 13, 2015. We are tired of the pretence that we have special privileges and the reality that we have […]

“‘What do you do with a B.A. in English?'”

This post initially appeared on the Young Opportunities Australia blog, on November 23, 2014. You might have heard on the grapevine that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get a job in academia. […]

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Deconstructing ‘Uncle Tom’ Abroad: The Case of an American President

This post initially appeared on the U.S. Studies Online blog, on February 9, 2015. In 2008, when Barack Obama was selected as the Democratic presidential candidate over Hilary Clinton, a German […]

#AWW2015: Review 1

  Clare Corbould. Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2009. 9780674032620. $46.00. One of my personal goals for the 2015 Australian Women’s Writers […]

When Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights Become Human Rights

This post was initially featured on the Global Ethics Network on January 5, 2015.  The original post can be viewed here. It seems like an anomaly to imply that women’s rights […]

Australian Women Writers Challenge

The Australian Women Writers Challenge was the inspiration I needed to get my website up and running!  I’m excited to start 2015 with lots of reading, writing, and learning about […]

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