Rachel Caines

Ms Rachel Caines

Research Support Officer

Arts Faculty Office

Faculty of Arts


I am a cultural historian of the British Empire and its colonies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I have a particularly interest in the ways in which ideas of gender, race, and the nation/Empire intersected during this period.

My Masters thesis analysed the commemoration of Indigenous Australian and Maori First World War soldiers have been commemorated in Australian and New Zealand sites of memory, and how these commemorations reflect mainstream attitudes towards race, remembrance, and reconciliation. My thesis was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Research Excellence.

I currently work as a Research Assistant and a Casual Tutor in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide. I also work as a Research Support Officer for the Faculty of Arts.

My Master of Philosophy thesis explored the extent to which Indigenous Australian and Māori First World War service has been acknowledged in national sites of commemoration in Australia and New Zealand over the past century. The thesis argued that the development of different Indigenous-non-Indigenous race relations in Australia and New Zealand ultimately informed the extent to which Indigenous First World War service was acknowledged at a national level in both countries, and continues to shape attitudes towards the commemoration of Indigenous war service.

My broader research focuses on the socio-cultural history of the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, I am interested in the ways gender (particularly masculinity) and race were depicted during this period, and the way these depictions influenced broader national and imperial identities.

Tutor for HIST1109 - Revolutions that Changed the World - Semester 2 2018

Tutor for HIST1108 - Empires in World History - Semester 1 2019; Semester 1 2021

Marker for HIST3057 - Nations and Nationalism - Semester 1 2019

Marker for ARTS 3011 - Humans and Technology: From Stone Tools to Cyborgs - Summer School 2021

Tutor for HIST2051 - Australia and the World - Semester 2 2021

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Board Member Lilith: A Feminist History Journal Editorial Committee Australian Women's History Network Australia
  • Position: Research Support Officer
  • Phone: 83132824
  • Email: rachel.caines@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor G
  • Room: G 56
  • Org Unit: Faculty of Arts

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