Ana Stevenson | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Ana Stevenson

Ana Stevenson is in the final stages of her doctoral dissertation at The University of Queensland, Australia.  Working with Associate Professor Chris Dixon, her research focuses on the way the woman-slave analogy was mobilised within nineteenth-century social reform movements – especially the antislavery, women’s rights and dress reform movements – so as to emphasise the need to address women’s oppression.

Recently, Ana has been the recipient of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium award from the Massachusetts Historical Society, and has been a Summer Scholar at the Australian National University and The University of Queensland.  Ana has worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor in American history and global history at The University of Queensland, a communications and media studies tutor at St. John’s College and an archivist at King’s College.  During 2013, she co-edited the special edition of Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, with Dr. Alana Jayne Piper.  Ana has published on the rhetoric of nineteenth-century American social movements and media representations of Australian’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.  She has also contributed to the Queensland Historical Atlas website.  Currently, Ana is part of the Lilith Collective, which publishes the Australian Women’s History Network’s Lilith: A Feminist History Journal.

Ana earned a Bachelor of Communication (with distinction) from Central Queensland University and First Class Honours in American history from The University of Queensland.  Her honours research, which considered the popular representations of gender and race in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) and Gone with the Wind (1936), received the Warden’s Medal for Academic Excellence from St John’s College.  During 2014, Ana was awarded an AHA/CAL Bursary for the Australian Historical Association Conference and the Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Postgraduate Travel Fellowship.

Her current project looks at the way sex-race analogy was mobilised within the twentieth-century feminist movement.  Ana is also interested in transnational feminisms, popular culture, media representations of female politicians and the use of the slavery analogy in transnational women’s historical writing.


PhD Candidate, University of Queensland

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