Name: Professor Noah Riseman
- +613 9953 3226
- Organisational Area
- Faculty of Education and Arts
- School of Arts and Humanities (VIC)
Building 412 - Arts Precinct(34-36 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 1-Room1.13
Refereed Books (A1):
Noah Riseman, Transgender Australians: A History since 1910. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2023 (forthcoming).
Noah Riseman and Shirleene Robinson. Pride in Defence: The Australian Military and LGBTI Service since 1945. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2020.
**Shortlisted for 2021 Ernest Scott Prize and Highly Commended in the 2021 Educational Publishing Awards Australia, Scholarly Non-Fiction**
Noah Riseman, Shirleene Robinson and Graham Willett. Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018.
R. Scott Sheffield and Noah Riseman. Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War: The Politics, Experiences and Legacies of War in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Noah Riseman and Richard Trembath. Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press, 2016.
Noah Riseman. In Defence of Country: Life Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Women. Canberra: ANU Press and Aboriginal History Inc., 2016.
Noah Riseman. Defending Whose Country? Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2012.
**Shortlisted for 2013 Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Award**
Articles Published in Refereed Journals (C1):
Noah Riseman. "Transgender Activism and Anti-Discrimination Reform in 1990s New South Wales and Victoria." Journal of Australian Studies 46, no. 3 (2022): 321-338.
Noah Riseman. "A History of Transgender Women in Australian Sports, 1976-2017." Sport in History 42, no. 2 (2022): 280-307.
**Winner of prize for best essay published in Sport in History in 2022**
Noah Riseman. "The Royal Australian Navy and Courts-Martial for Homosexuality." International Journal of Military History and Historiography 42 (2022): 46-69.
Noah Riseman. "Representing Transgender in the 1970s Australian Media." Gender and History 33, no. 1 (2021): 227-248.
Noah Riseman. "Intimatopias and the Queering of Australian War Fiction." Continuum 34, no. 6 (2020): 940-954.
Noah Riseman. "Searching for Trans Possibilities in Australia, 1910-39." Journal of Australian Studies 44, no. 1 (2020): 33-47.
Noah Riseman. "Hunting Gays and Lesbians in the Australian Defence Force, 1974-92." Journal of the History of Sexuality 28, no. 3 (2019): 325-356.
Noah Riseman. "Transgender Inclusion and Australia's Failed Sexuality Discrimination Bill." Australian Journal of Politics and History 62, no. 2 (June 2019): 259-277.
Noah Riseman. "The Interview-Document Nexus: Recovering Histories of LGBTI Military Service in Australia." Archivaria 87 (2019): 6-33.
Ben Morris and Noah Riseman. "Volunteers with a Legal Impediment: Australian National Service and the Question of Overseas Service in Vietnam." History Australia 16, no. 2 (2019): 266-286.
Noah Riseman. "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service in the Second World War." Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 19, no. 2 (2018): 137-156.
Noah Riseman. "Activism and Australia's Ban on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Military Service in the 1970s-80s." Australian Feminist Studies 33, no. 95 (2018): 147-163.
Noah Riseman. "'Describing misbehaviour in Vung Tau as 'mischief' is ridiculously coy': Ethnographic Refusal, Reticence and the Oral Historian's Dilemma." Oral History Review 45, no. 1 (2018): 84-100.
Noah Riseman. "'Just another start to the denigration of Anzac Day': Evolving Commemorations of LGBTI Military Service." Australian Historical Studies 48, no. 1 (2017): 35-51.
Noah Riseman. "Evolving Commemorations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service." Wicazo sa review 32, no. 1 (spring 2017): 80-101.
Noah Riseman. "Transgender Policy in the Australian Defence Force: Medicalization and Its Discontents." International Journal of Transgenderism 17, no. 3-4 (2016): 141-154.
Noah Riseman. "Elite Indigenous Masculinity in Textual Representations of Aboriginal Service in the Vietnam War." Journal of Australian Studies 40, no. 1 (February 2016): 32-44.
Noah Riseman. "Outmanoeuvring Defence: The Australian Debates over Gay and Lesbian Military Service, 1992." Australian Journal of Politics and History 61, no. 4 (2015): 562-575.
Noah Riseman. "Promoting Deep Learning: Tutorial Exercises to Bring American History to Life." Australasian Journal of American Studies 34, no. 2 (December 2015): 113-123.
Noah Riseman. "Escaping assimilation's grasp: Aboriginal women in the Australian women's military services." Women's History Review 24, no. 5 (2015): 757-775.
Noah Riseman. "The Rise of Indigenous Military History." History Compass 12, no. 12 (December 2014): 901-911.
Noah Riseman. "Aboriginal Military Service and Assimilation." Aboriginal History 38 (2014): 155-178.
Noah Riseman. "Racism, Indigenous People and the Australian Armed Forces in the Post-Second World War Era." History Australia 10, no. 2 (2013): 159-179.
Noah Riseman. "The Curious Case of Mervyn Eades: National Service, Discrimination and Aboriginal People." Australian Journal of Politics and History 59, no. 1 (2013): 64-80.
Noah Riseman. "Serving Their Country: A Short History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service in the Australian Army." Australian Army Journal 10, no. 3 (2013): 11-22.
Noah Riseman. "Equality in the Ranks: The Lives of Aboriginal Vietnam Veterans." Journal of Australian Studies 36, no. 4 (December 2012): 411-426.
Noah Riseman. "Rectifying 'The Great Australian Silence'? Creative Representations of Australian Indigenous Second World War Service." Australian Aboriginal Studies 30, no. 1 (June 2012): 35-48.
Noah Riseman. "The Stolen Veteran: Institutionalisation, Military Service and the Stolen Generations." Aboriginal History 35 (2011): 57-77.
Noah Riseman. "Contesting White Knowledge: Yolngu Stories from World War II." The Oral History Review  37, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2010): 170-190.
Noah Riseman. "Race and Labour Relations in World War II Papua and New Guinea." Labour History, no. 98 (May 2010): 163-182.
Noah Riseman. "'Japan fight. Aboriginal people fight. European people fight': Yolngu Stories from World War II." Australian Journal of Indigenous Education 37S (2008): 65-72.
Noah Riseman. "Exploited Soldiers: Navaho and Yolngu Units in the Second World War." Journal of Northern Territory History 19 (2008): 60-81.
Refereed Book Chapters (B1):
Noah Riseman. "Finding 'evidence of me' through 'evidence of us': Transgender oral histories and personal archives speak." In New Directions in Queer Oral History: Archives of Disruption. Eds Clare Summerskill, Amy Tooth Murphy and Emma Vickers, 59-70. Abingdon: Routledge, 2022.
Noah Riseman. "Australia's History of LGBTI Politics and Rights." In Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy. Ed. Don Haider-Markel. Oxford University Press, 2019. Available from https://oxfordre.com/politics/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228637-e-1260.
Noah Riseman. "Vietnam War, LGBTQ+ Veterans." In Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History.  Vol. 3. Ed. Howard Chiang, 1708-1710. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2019.
Noah Riseman. "From Witch Hunts to Pride Balls: The ADF and LGBTI Service Personnel." In Beyond Combat: The Australian Military off the Battlefield. Eds Tristan Moss and Tom Richardson, 29-44. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018.
Noah Riseman. "Ex-service activism after 1945." In Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship. Eds Joan Beaumont and Allison Cadzow, 261-281. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018.
Noah Riseman. "The Vietnam War." In Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship. Eds Joan Beaumont and Allison Cadzow, 215-238. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018.
Noah Riseman. "Opening the military door, 1945-65." In Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship. Eds Joan Beaumont and Allison Cadzow, 196-214. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018.
Noah Riseman and Timothy Winegard. "Indigenous Experience of War (British Dominions)." In 1914-1918 Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Eds Peter Gatrell, Heather Jones and Jennifer Keene. Freie Universitat Berlin, 2015. Available from http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/indigenous_experience_of_war_british_dominions.
Noah Riseman. "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. Ed. Nathalie Nguyen, 203-228. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2015.
Noah Riseman. "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. Eds David Monger, Katie Pickles and Sarah Murray, 178-195. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
Noah Riseman. "Black Skins, Black Work: Race and Labour in World War II Papua and New Guinea." In Labour History in the New Century. Ed. Bobbie Oliver, 63-75. Perth: Black Swan Press, 2009.
Noah Riseman. "Preserving a White Military: The Australian Armed Forces and Indigenous People in World War II." In Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity, eds. Leigh Boucher, Jane Carey, and Katherine Ellinghaus, 133-142. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing in association with the School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, 2007.
Refereed Conference Papers Published in Proceedings  (E1):
My research historicises the experiences of marginalised social groups in Australia in the twentieth century. I have conducted several research projects examining the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the Australian armed forces, particularly in the Second World War and post-Second World War eras. Through these projects I have researched topics including the role of women, racism and commemorations of Indigenous service. I have also conducted transnational research, looking at Native American military service as a point of comparison with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences.
I also recently completed a project examining the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex service personnel in the Australian armed forces post-Second World War. This project, entitled 'Serving in Silence? LGBTI Military Service in Australia since 1945', was in partnership with the Australian Queer Archives (formerly Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives) and Defence LGBTI Information Service (DEFGLIS). I am still doing work with LGBTI veterans - especially the Defence LGBTI Veterans Association (DLVA) - to seek justice for past persecution of LGBTI service members.
Since 2017, I have been researching the history of transgender Australians since the early twentieth century. The project focuses especially on the personal experiences of gender diverse people and intentionally centres their stories and perspectives in the contemporary era, while looking to media, the law and medicine for trans histories before living memory. This project is working closely with Australia's trans and gender diverse community.
Finally, I have recently commenced a project on the history of sex and sexuality in the Australian military.
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery DP210100772 (2021-23): "A Century of Sex and the Australian Military, 1914-2020" ($264,435, 1st CI)
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery DP180100322 (2018-20): "Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity" ($256,966, 1st CI)
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery DP160103548 (2016-18): "Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945" ($199,937 1st CI)
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage LP120200327 (2012-17): "Serving our country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia" ($1,024,275 grant administered by ANU 3rd CI) Partner Organisations: Department of Defence, Department of Veterans' Affairs, National Archives of Australia, Australian War Memorial
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery DP110101627 (2011-13): "Defending Australia, defending Indigenous rights: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and Australian identity, 1946-2003" ($120,000 1st CI)
- Department of Defence, Army History Research Unit (2009-10): "Defending Australia, Defending Indigenous Rights: Australian Indigenous Soldiers since World War II" ($4,500)
- Australian Catholic University Research Funding (2014-16): "Australia's Changing Identity in the Postwar Era" ($133,500 1st CI)
- Australian Catholic University Research Support Team (2011-13): "Exploring Social Justice in Australian Social and Cultural History" ($45,000 Team Leader)
- Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Early Career Research Incentive Award (2009-10): "Defending Australia, Defending Indigenous Rights: Koori Soldiers and Veterans since World War II" ($4,131)
- Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS, 2005-06): "Colonising Yolngu Defence: Arnhem Land in the Second World War and the Transnational Uses of Indigenous People in the Second World War" ($10,612)
- Northern Territory History Grant (2005-06): "Colonising Yolngu Defence: Arnhem Land in the Second World War and the Transnational Uses of Indigenous People in the Second World War" ($3,000)
Research project 1: "Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity"
This project aims to trace the emergence of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. Using oral histories, archives and media, the project intends to analyse the shifting medical, legal, cultural and popular discourses about transgender people, as well as study how evolving societal attitudes have affected the lives of gender diverse people. By revealing transgender people's histories, the project will explore the ways gender diverse Australians have expressed their identities amidst changing social norms. The expected outcomes will inform current debates about transgender rights, healthcare provision and social inclusion.
Research project 2: "A Century of Sex and the Australian Military, 1914-2020"
This project aims to explore how the Australian military and its members have dealt with sex and sexuality. Through uncovering policy, health and disciplinary files, as well as medical literature, civilian police, newspaper and court records, the project intends to analyse how the Australian military evolved its approach to members&rsquo sexual and intimate relations, and the consequences military life had for individuals&rsquo sexual and romantic partnerships. By illuminating the relationships between the Australian military, sexual cultures, the law, health and public policy, the findings should benefit the Australian Defence Force&rsquos ongoing process of culture change and inform policy formulation around veterans&rsquo health and welfare.
PhD Thesis was recipient of 2009 C.E.W. Bean Prize for Military History awarded by Department of Defence, Army History Research Unit
Australian Catholic University (2008- )
Lecturer in charge for:
HIST 104/327: Indigenous Peoples in Settler Colonies (2009)
HIST 106: Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present (2008-11)
HIST 206/329: Diasporas and Journeys: Immigration in World History (2010, 2015)
HIST 224: Rise of the United States (2008, 2012, 2015)
HIST 225: US Foreign Policy since 1945 (2008, 2013, 2016)
HIST 226/330: Contemporary World History (2009, 2012, 2016)
HIST 229: Rebels and Revolutions in Latin America (2011, 2014, 2017)
HUMA 402: Honours Research Methods (2013-17)
2015: ACU Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award
2014: Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Team Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning "for collaboratively designing a program of assessment which promotes hands-on historical research and transforms students into independent historians" other team members Dr Ellen Warne and Dr Nell Musgrove**
2013: ACU Team Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning "for designing a programme of Historical Studies that scaffolds students&rsquo skills as historians through diverse and innovative activities and assessments" other team members Dr Ellen Warne and Dr Nell Musgrove**
2011: Faculty of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Melbourne (2005-08)
Tutor for: Rebels and Revolutions in Latin America, USA and the World: Democracy and Empire
University of New England (2005-06)
Tutor for: The Swinging Sixties: the 1960s in America, Britain and Australia
Australian Historical Association (Secretary 2018-22), International Australian Studies Association (executive member 2013-16 Secretary 2017-18 President 2019-22), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Australia New Zealand American Studies Association, Oral History Association of Australia, Australian Queer Archives, Defence LGBTI Information Service (DEFGLIS), Discharged LGBTI Veterans' Association (DLVA)