Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Alana Piper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Based in the Australian Centre for Public History, her current project (2018-) examines the lives and criminal careers of Australian offenders across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014-2017) at Griffith University attached to the ARC Laureate Fellowship 'The Prosecution Project: Investigating the Criminal Trial in Australian History'. Alana was awarded her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2014 for a thesis entitled 'In Bad Company: Female Criminal Subcultures in Brisbane and Melbourne, 1860-1920'. She has a broad range of interests concerning the social and cultural history of deviance and crime, but is particularly interested in issues of gender and identity.
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