Dr Noah Riseman - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


My research focuses on the social history of marginalised groups in twentieth and twenty-first century Australia. In particular I have researched Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and the relationships between military service, citizenship, Indigenous rights and national identity. I am currently conducting two projects: one on the history of LGBTI military service in Australia, and one on the history of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. While most of my research focuses on Australia, I also have experience in comparative Indigenous history, particularly in relation to the United States and Papua New Guinea. I am available to supervise topics related to LGBTI, comparative and Indigenous history, particularly topics in the twentieth century.

I do not update this RexR profile often; please visit my staff profile on https://webapps.acu.edu.au/staffdirectory/index.php?noah-riseman=&d=1.


Phone :03 9953 3226 (Melbourne)
Email :Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ; comparative history ; colonialism ; Australian History ; LGBTI history ; Native American history ; transgender studies ;

Methods Expertise

oral history ; archival research ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • "Serving our country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia" (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • "Defending Australia, defending Indigenous rights: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and Australian identity, 1946-2003" (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • "Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity" (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • "Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945" (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War: The Politics, Experiences and Legacies of War in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in Cambridge University Press


From Witch Hunts to Pride Balls: The ADF and LGBTI Service Personnel, in Beyond Combat: The Australian Military off the Battlefield

Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women, in NewSouth Publishing

'Describing misbehaviour in Vung Tau as 'mischief' is ridiculously coy': Ethnographic Refusal, Reticence and the Oral Historian's Dilemma, in Oral History Review


'Just another start to the denigration of Anzac Day': Evolving Commemorations of LGBTI Military Service, in Australian Historical Studies

Evolving Commemorations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service, in Wicazo Sa Review: a journal of Native American studies


In Defence of Country: Life Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen & Women, in ANU Press and Aboriginal History, Inc.

Transgender Policy in the Australian Defence Force: Medicalization and Its Discontents, in International Journal of Transgenderism

Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945, in University of Queensland Press


Outmanoeuvring Defence: The Australian Debates over Gay and Lesbian Military Service, 1992, in Australian Journal of Politics and History

The Vietnam War and Indigenous Service in Australia and the United States, in New Perceptions of the Vietnam War: Essays on the War, the South Vietnamese Experience, the Diaspora and the Continuing Impact

Escaping assimilation's grasp: Aboriginal women in the Australian women's military services, in Women's History Review


Aboriginal Military Service and Assimilation, in Aboriginal History

Enduring Silences, Enduring Prejudices: Australian Aboriginal Participation in the First World War, in Endurance and the First World War: Experience and Legacies in New Zealand and Australia

The Rise of Indigenous Military History, in History Compass


Serving Their Country: A Short History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service in the Australian Army, in Australian Army Journal

The Curious Case of Mervyn Eades: National Service, Discrimination and Aboriginal People, in Australian Journal of Politics and History

Racism, Indigenous People and the Australian Armed Forces in the Post-Second World War Era, in History Australia


Rectifying 'The Great Australian Silence'? Creative Representations of Australian Indigenous Second World War Service, in Australian Aboriginal Studies

Equality in the Ranks: The Lives of Aboriginal Vietnam Veterans, in Journal of Australian Studies

Defending Whose Country? Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War, in University of Nebraska Press


The Stolen Veteran: Institutionalisation, Military Service and the Stolen Generations, in Aboriginal History


Australian [Mis]treatment of Indigenous Labour in World War II Papua and New Guinea, in Labour History