Rosa Campbell

PhD student

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, in Gender and Cultural Studies and History where I obtained first-class honours in Gender and Cultural Studies and was awarded the Co-op Bookshop Prize for best student in Gender Studies.

I then finished my teacher training at the University of New South Wales and worked as a teacher in London before returning to study. In 2017, I completed my MPhil in World History funded by the Cambridge Australia Erich Narev scholarship on the Australian anthropologist, Daisy Bates.

Currently, I am a Smuts Scholar at Newnham College where I am working on a Ph.D. supervised by Prof. Lucy Delap. My Ph.D. considers Australian women's liberation in the years 1969-1990, but crucially, places this movement in the global context exploring the circulation of texts, tactics, people, and ideas translated to the context of Australian Women's Liberation. More concretely, this project explores global women's peace networks, First Nations women's networks across the Pacific, migrant women's activism for gender justice within Australia, and the impact of the US, UK, and European women's liberation movements on women's liberation in Australia. Methodologically, this project combines archival research and oral history.

I have taught Historical Argument and Practice topics including 'gender' and 'global' and Paper 23: World History since 1914. 

I write for adults and children on a range of platforms and my work has appeared in The Independent, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Novara Media, Overland, History Workshop Online, Meanjin, The White Review, and Public Books. I am an editorial fellow at the online magazine of radical history History Workshop Online. 


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Key publications

"To feel their warmth, sisterhood, and closeness': Australian Feminist Entanglements with Vietnamese and Chinese Communism 1969-1979', Signs: A Journal of Women in Society and Culture (forthcoming, 2022). 

Co-authored with Claire English, 'Striking from the Second Shift: Lessons from the 2017 Women's Strike', Feminist Review, (2020).

'Three Lively Feminist Lives: A review of Elizabeth Kleinhenz 'Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer', Anne Summers 'Unfettered and Alive' and Iola Matthews 'Winning for Women", Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, (2020).