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women, social movements, suffrage, rhetoric, transnational feminism, racism, print culture, digital culture, film and television, political women
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Ana Stevenson is a historian of women, politics, and social movements, working on the history of feminist rhetoric in the United States, Australia, and South Africa, and media representations of political women, from suffrage to the present.

Her current book, The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan), is currently in press with “Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements.”

Currently, Ana is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Between 2014 and 2015, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and was then awarded her Ph.D. from The University of Queensland in 2015.

Her research has been supported by the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, International Federation for Research in Women’s History, and the Organisation of American Historians. In 2019, she was awarded the Turrentine Jackson (Article) Prize by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association and the Covert Award in Mass Communication History by the History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Ana is the Founder and Managing Editor of VIDA: Blog of the Australian Women’s History Network (est. 2016), with Alana Piper (University of Technology Sydney), and the convener of a digital humanities initiative, The Suffrage Postcard Project (est. 2015), with Kristin Allukian (University of South Florida).

Her op-eds and blogs have appeared on Washington Post: Made by History, AeonThe ConversationQueensland Historical Atlas, Australian Policy & History, JHIBlog: The blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas, Women’s History Network Blog, VIDA, and the British Association of American Studies’ award-winning blog, U.S. Studies Online.

Recent Publications


The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan, in press 2020).

Edited Collections:

With Alana Piper, eds. Gender Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives (Monash University Publishing, 2019).

With Claire Cooke, eds. Special Edition: “Transnational Networks of Gender and Race in South Africa and the United States,” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 19, no. 1 (2018): 1-116.

Journal Articles:

“‘Tearing Off the Bonds’: Suffrage Visual Culture in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, 1890-1920,” Gender & History (in press).

“Imagining Women’s Suffrage: Frontier Landscapes and the Transnational Print Culture of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States,” Pacific Historical Review 87, no. 4 (2018): 638-666.

“‘Cast Off the Shackles of Yesterday’: Women’s Suffrage in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 98, no. 2 (2018): 69-103.

“Harriet Clisby’s ‘Sketches of Australia’: Travel Writing and Colonial Refigurations in Boston’s Woman’s Journal,” Women’s History Review 27, no. 5 (2018): 837-857.

“The Gender-Apartheid Analogy in the Transnational Feminist Imaginary: Ms. Magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation, 1972-2002,” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 19, no. 1 (2018): 93-116.

“The ‘Great Doctrine of Human Rights’: Articulation and Authentication in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. Antislavery and Women’s Rights Movements,” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 8, no. 3 (2017): 413-439.

“‘Bloomers’ and the British World: Dress Reform in Transatlantic and Antipodean Print Culture, 1851–1950,” Cultural & Social History 14, no. 5 (2017): 621-646.

“‘Symbols of Our Slavery’: Fashion and Dress Reform in the Rhetoric of Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture,” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal 20 (2014): 5-20.

“Making Gender Divisive: ‘Post-Feminism’, Sexism and Media Representations of Julia Gillard,” Burgmann Journal 2 (2013): 53-66.

Book Chapters:

“From Suffragist to Congresswoman: Celebrating Political Action, Women’s History, and Feminist Intellectuals in Ms. Magazine, 1972-1984,” in Suffrage at 100: Women in American Politics Since 1920, eds. Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow (Johns Hopkins University Press, in press August 2020).

“From the ‘Radical Women’s Press’ to the Digital Age: Subversive Networks of Feminism in the United States,” in From Sit-Ins to #Revolutions: The Changing Nature of Protests, eds. Olivia Guntarick and Victoria Grieves-Williams (Bloomsbury Academic, in press January 2020).

With Brigitte Lewis, “From Page to Meme: The Print and Digital Revolutions against Gender Violence,” in Gender Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives, eds. Alana Piper and Ana Stevenson (Monash University Publishing, 2019).

“100 Years of Campaign Imagery: From Woman Suffrage Postcards to Hillary Clinton Memes,” in Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election, eds. Christine Kray, Hinda Mandell, and Tamar Carroll (University of Rochester Press, 2018).

With Jon Piccini, “Reading and Contesting Germaine Greer and Dennis Altman: The 1970s and Beyond,” in The Far Left in Australia since 1945, eds. Jon Piccini, Evan Smith, and Matthew Worley (Routledge, 2018).

“‘Sitting in Cages’: Imagining Victorian Women in Neo-Victorian Film Musicals,” in Victorianomania: Reimagining, Refashioning, and Rewriting Victorian Literature and Culture, eds. Simonetta Falchi, Greta Perletti, and Maria Isabel Romero Ruiz (FrancoAngeli, 2015).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Australia, New Zealand, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Colonialism, Emancipation, Gender, Human Rights, Literary History, Politics, Race, Sexual Violence, Slavery, Women