Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Irish History
  • Gender studies
  • Australian History

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall has an international track record in the histories of gender, violence, memory and religion in Ireland and the Irish diaspora, especially in Australia.

She has previously held research positions at Queen's University, Belfast, and the University of Melbourne. She worked with Dr Lindsay Proudfoot, Queen's University, Beflast, on a Leverhulme Trust (UK) funded project on Irish and Scottish settlement in Australia.

Her collaborative work with Professor Elizabeth Malcolm, former Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies, has been on gender and violence in Ireland between 1200 and 1900 and on the history of the Irish in Australia. She is working on a book-length study of gender and war in Ireland, with Professor Malcolm. Her current research interests are in the long histories of children and war in Ireland, Scotland and England and Australia.

Dianne has supervised numerous postgraduate students in Irish pre-modern history; histories of Australian migration; and women's history. She is also currently one of the Deputy Directors, VU Institute of Sustainable Industries and Livable Cities.

Dianne is an editor of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, member of the executive of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Victoria University Feminist Research Network, Victoria University Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network, and one of the convenors of the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series.


  • PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2000
  • Master of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, Australia, 1989

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Hall, D., & Malcolm, E. (181101). A New History of the Irish in Australia (1st). Sydney: NewSouth Publishing.
2011 Proudfoot, L. J., & Hall, D. (110101). Imperial Spaces: Placing the Irish and Scots in Colonial Australia. MANCHESTER UNIV PRESS.

doi: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078378.001.0001

Year Citation
2018 Hall, D., & Malcolm, E. (180101). Catholic Irish Australia and the Labor Movement: Race in Australia and Nationalism in Ireland, 1880s-1920s In Patmore, G. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 149-167). Urbana, Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
2017 Hall, D. (170101). Most barbarously and inhumaine maner butchered : masculinity, trauma and memory in early modern Ireland In Dillane, F. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 39-55). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
2015 Hall, D. (151102). God sent me here to raise a society : Irishness, Protestantism and Colonial Identity in New South Wales In Barr, C. ;. (Ed.) (1) (pp. 319-339). Montreal and Kingston, Canada: McGill-Queens University Press.

Year Citation
2019 Hall, D. (190501). Irish republican women in Australia: Kathleen Barry and Linda Kearns's tour in 1924-5. Irish Historical Studies, 43(163), (73-93).

doi: 10.1017/ihs.2019.5

2016 Hall, D., & Malcolm, E. (160301). "English Institutions and the Irish Race": Race and Politics in Late Nineteenth-Century Australia. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62(1), (1-15).

doi: 10.1111/ajph.12204

2014 Hall, D. (140101). Now him White Man : Images of the Irish in Colonial Australia. History Australia, 11(2), (167-195).

doi: 10.1080/14490854.2014.11668521

2014 Hall, D. (140101). Defending the faith: Orangeism and ulster protestant identities in colonial New South Wales. Journal of Religious History, 38(2), (207-223).

doi: 10.1111/1467-9809.12007

2010 Hall, D., & Malcolm, E. (100401). 'The Rebels Turkish Tyranny': Understanding Sexual Violence in Ireland during the 1640s. Gender and History, 22(1), (55-74).

doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01578.x

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

The Irish in Colonial Australia: Race, Representation and Repression
From: ARC - Discovery
For period: 2013-2016

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
5 PhD Associate supervisor
4 PhD Principal supervisor
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (5) Associate supervisor
PhD (4) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

I have supervised 3 PhD students and 1 MA student to completion at the University of Melbourne.

Teaching activities & experience

Dianne is the History discipline coordinator in the College of Arts and Education. She coordinates and teaches in modern European History, including:

Previously she taught at the University of Melbourne in a variety of units in medieval and early-modern European history, women's history and the history of Ireland and the Irish diaspora.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2018 - Dec 2019
Deputy Director
Institute of Sustainable Cities and Liveable Cities
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2018 -
Dec 2019
Deputy Director
Institute of Sustainable Cities and Liveable Cities

Professional memberships

  • Board member, Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Editor, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies