Edwina Howell is an Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, German, Swiss-French mongrel who also has Dutch heritage, and was born in Melbourne on Wurundjeri country. She was admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 and completed a PhD in anthropology and social and political inquiry. She focused on the activist strategies and tactics of the Black Power Movement at Monash University in 2013.
Since 2010 she has worked with Moondani Balluk on the development of the Foley Collection. The collection is now a national research and educational infrastructure and she has worked with Professor Foley on a multitude of projects including:
- Foley with Ilbijerri Theatre (2011-2012)
- Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation history curriculum development project (2013-2015)
- the Australian National Data Service Open Data Project (2014).
She has also recently co-edited two books, Barrie Dexter’s Pandora’s Box: The Council for Aboriginal Affairs (2015) and The Aboriginal Tent Embassy: Sovereignty, Black Power, Land Rights and the State (2014).