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Dr Jayne Persian

Dr Jayne Persian
Name Jayne Persian
Position Lecturer (History)
Section School of Arts & Communication
Office Q232
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2532
Extension 2532
Qualifications PhD Sydney
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )

Research interests
Australian history, migration history, displaced persons, oral history, memory and commemoration, diaspora, transnational history, Jehovah's Witnesses.

Professional memberships
Australian Historical Association
Oral History Association of Australia
Religious History Association (Australia)

Industry affiliations
Reviews Editor for the Oral History Australia Journal

Currently teaching courses/programs
HIS1000 World Civilisations to 1500CE
HIS2000 Contemporary Australia
HIS3003 Contemporary America
HIS4002/8002 Themes in Transnational History

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
12 Years

Research most recent
Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Sydney: UNSW Press , June 2017).

‘Displaced Persons (1947-1952) in Australia: Memory in Autobiography’ in Paul Arthur (ed.), Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity (Anthem Press: London, 2016), pending.

With Kate Matthew, eds., ‘Boat People’: The Long History of Immigration in Australia, Journal of Australian Studies (Taylor & Francis), Vol. 40, No. 4 (December 2016).

Research most notable
2016-19 ARC Discovery Project: Displacement and Resettlement: Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish displaced persons arriving in Australia via the ‘China’ route in the wake of the Second World War, with Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick (USyd) and Dr Ruth Balint (UNSW).

Publications in ePrints

Persian, Jayne (2016) A timely history [Book review]. History Australia, 13 (2). pp. 312-313. ISSN 1449-0854

Persian, Jayne and Matthew, Kate (2016) 'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia. Journal of Australian Studies, 40 (4). pp. 385-386. ISSN 1444-3058

Persian, Jayne (2016) M. James Penton: Apocalypse delayed: the story of Jehovah’s Witnesses [Book review]. Journal of Religious History, 40 (3). pp. 444-445.

Persian, Jayne (2015) 'Chifley liked them Blond': DP immigrants for Australia. History Australia, 12 (2). pp. 80-101. ISSN 1449-0854

Persian, Jayne (2015) Jehovah's Witness hierarchy means child sex abuse goes unreported. The Conversation, 5 August 2015. pp. 1-3.

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )

Research topics