My interest is in the places where people of different countries and cultures meet – as travellers, students and teachers, businesspeople and workers, activists and diplomats. In our fractious but connected contemporary world, what hopes and aspirations make people choose to engage different societies? How do they approach the task, and with what results? What is gained, in ideas, perspectives, networks, money, goods and experiences – what misunderstandings, conflicts, inequities, obstacles and disappointments cloud the process?
I am an Australian currently based in Southeast Asia. My writing has appeared in BBC, Longreads, ABC, Griffith Review, Inside Story, Australian Book Review, The Guardian (Australia) and The Jakarta Post. I am also the author of Encounters With Asian Decolonisation (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2017), about Australian responses to Asia in the late 1940s. I was educated at the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Arts, First-Class Honours), and the Australian National University (PhD in History).