Piper, Alana

University of Technology Sydney


Dr Alana Piper is a Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public history at UTS. Her current project (2018-2022) uses digital history to map the lives and criminal careers of Australian offenders across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (criminalcharacters.com). Her research interests draw together the social and cultural history of crime with gender history, legal history and the digital humanities.

Alana received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Queensland in 2014 for a thesis examining female involvement in Australian criminal subcultures across the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Between 2014 and 2018, Alana was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ARC Laureate Fellowship project, The Prosecution Project, a digital humanities initiative that looked at the history of the criminal trial in Australia.

Alana has published widely in prestigious international journals, including the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Women’s History ReviewJournal of Social HistoryCultural and Social HistoryHistory Workshop JournalLaw & History Review and Journal of Legal History. The interdisciplinary nature of her work means her research has also appeared in forums such as the Australian and New Zealand Journal of CriminologyUNSW Law Journal and Criminal Law Journal.

Alana is also founder and managing co-editor of the Australian Women’s History Network blog VIDA.