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Rachel Stevens

Department of History, the University of Melbourne

Rachel’s research focuses on twentieth century immigration and refugee history. Her first book, Immigration Policy from 1970 to the Present, was recently published by Routledge and her research has also been published in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, Immigrants & Minorities, Teaching in Higher Education and History Australia. She is completing research on the urban impacts of immigration in Australia and has begun research on guest worker programs in the Asia-Pacific.

Subjects: History


Rachel is currently a researcher in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this, she received her PhD in History at Monash University, where she lectured in contemporary history until 2014. She has also been a visiting fellow at New York University (2013), the University of Texas at Austin (2006) and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD (2006-07).


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Teaching in Higher Education

Role-play and student engagement: reflections from the classroom

Published: Mar 11, 2015 by Teaching in Higher Education
Authors: Rachel Stevens
Subjects: Education, History

Role-play is viewed by scholars as an effective active learning strategy: it encourages participation among passive learners, adds dynamism to the classroom and promotes the retention of material. But what do students think of role-play? This study surveyed 144 students after a role-play activity in a history course and asked them to identify what they gained from the activity and if it encouraged them to learn more about the topic.

Immigrants & Minorities: Historical Studies in Ethnicity, Migration and Diaspora

After the ‘Great White Walls’ Came Down...

Published: Jan 17, 2013 by Immigrants & Minorities: Historical Studies in Ethnicity, Migration and Diaspora
Authors: Rachel Stevens
Subjects: History

In 1965 and 1973, the governments of the USA and Australia abolished their racially discriminatory immigration policies. As a consequence of these reforms, the source countries of immigrants to Australia and the USA diversified. How did politicians react to this change? This article finds that although overtly racist immigration policies had become a relic of the past, a number of mainstream politicians in both countries did not welcome the outcomes of race-blind immigration policies.

Australian Journal of Politics & History

Political Debates on Asylum Seekers during the Fraser Government, 1977–1982

Published: Dec 13, 2012 by Australian Journal of Politics & History
Authors: Rachel Stevens
Subjects: History

This article examines the language politicians used to describe Vietnamese asylum seekers and the arguments used to justify their inclusion or exclusion. The evidence demonstrates that the political rhetoric used in this period in Australia's immigration history cannot be solely categorised as inclusive or humane. Rather, the overall impression is one of resistance and pragmatism.

History Australia

'Captured by Kindness'. Australian Press Representations of the Vietnam War, 196

Published: Nov 01, 2006 by History Australia
Authors: Rachel Stevens
Subjects: History

This study aims to show that two of Australia’s most influential broadsheet newspapers, the Age and the Australian, glorified the Australian warrior and separated the soldiers from anti-war criticism. This conclusion, however, is at odds with the dominant interpretation: that the Australian press echoed American trends by initially following the government’s line uncritically, and from 1968, constructing an overly negative coverage of the war.