Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in History, with particular expertise in the history of religion in Australia and the British Empire. She came to Deakin in 2009, after completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Much of Joanna’s recent research has examined how religious ideas and institutions helped form (or undermined) the racial hierarchies established through the British Empire. Her most recent book (co-authored with Patricia Grimshaw) is White Women, Aboriginal Missions and Australian Settler Governments: Maternal Contradictions (Brill, 2019). Joanna regularly contributes to public discussion about the role of religion in contemporary society through press and broadcast media.