Dr Rachel Stevens received her PhD in immigration and refugee history at Monash University in 2011. During her Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship, Rachel conducted extensive archival research throughout Australia and in the United States (states of New York, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Ohio), Britain and Switzerland. Based in part on her doctoral research her first book, Immigration Policy from 1970 to the Present (Routledge) was published in 2016.
With Monash colleague Associate Professor Seamus O'Hanlon, Rachel has recently published two peer-reviewed articles:
- Rachel Stevens and Seamus O'Hanlon (2018), "Intimate Oral Histories: Intercultural Romantic Relationships in Postwar Australia," Australian Historical Studies Volume 49, Issue 3, pp. 359-377
- Seamus O'Hanlon and Rachel Stevens (2017), "A Nation of Immigrants or a Nation of Immigrant Cities? The Urban Context of Australian Multiculturalism, 1947-2011," in Australian Journal of Politics and History 63, No. 4, pp. 556-71
During the spring of 2018 Rachel was a research fellow at the National Library of Australia, conducting extensive research on her current project, Refugees, Relief and Revolution. Australians in the Bangladeshi Liberation War. In 2019, she will be co-editing a special issue of The Australian Journal of Politics and History with Professor Joy Damousi on the interdisciplinary theme Refugees: Past and Present.