Staff profile - Sarah Pinto

Dr Sarah Pinto

Position: Lecturer In Australian Studies
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 556 33356 +61 3 556 33356



Dr Sarah Pinto is an Australian historian who lectures in Australian Studies at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. She joined Deakin in 2014, and has previously taught at the University of Queensland, La Trobe University and Monash University. Sarah’s research interests are in public and popular history, the history and politics of emotions, gender and sexuality, and the study of place and landscape. Her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne examined the emotional dimensions of contemporary Australian historical films and novels. Since then, Sarah has published work on gender and sexuality, emotion, historical fiction, and Australian national identity. She is currently researching the commemoration of Indigenous peoples and histories in Australia’s capital cities.

Professional activities

Exhibition and Film Reviews Editor, History Australia.

Co-convenor, Melbourne Feminist History Group.


Subjects and units currently teaching

AIA106 Populate or Perish: Australia's People

AIA105 Visions of Australia: Time and Space 1700-2010

ASC160 Introduction to University Study

AIA200 Resistance and Revival: 20th Century Indigenous Australians

AIA300 Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century


Research interests

Australian history

History of emotions

Gender and sexuality

Public and popular history




Pinto, Sarah (2014) 'Unsettling the Revival: Australian Historical Film as National Critique', in Macfie, Alexander (ed), The Fiction of History, Routledge, London.

Holmes, Katie and Pinto, Sarah (2013) 'Gender and sexuality', in Bashford, Alison and Macintyre, Stuart (eds), Cambridge history of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

Pinto, Sarah (2012) 'Ned Kelly', in Bennett, James E. and Beirne, Rebecca (eds), Making film and television histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London.

Pinto, Sarah (2010) '"How do you plead?": guilt, responsibility and reconciliation on the frontier in Rolf de Heer's The tracker (2002)', in West-Pavlov, Russell and Wawrzinek, Jennifer (eds), Frontier Skirmishes: Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia After 1992, Universita??tsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.

Pinto, Sarah (2010) 'Emotional histories and historical emotions: looking at the past in historical novels', Rethinking History, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 189-207.

Pinto, Sarah (2010) 'History, fiction and The Secret River', in Kossew, Sue (eds), Lighting dark places: essays on Kate Grenville, Rodopi, Amsterdam.

Murphy, Kate, Pinto, Sarah and Cuthbert, Denise (2010) '"These infants are future Australians": making the nation through intercountry adoption', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 141-161.

Boucher, Leigh and Pinto, Sarah (2007) '"I ain't queer": Love, masculinity and history in Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2006)', Journal of men's studies, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 311-330.

Pinto, Sarah and Boucher, Leigh (2006) 'Fighting for legitimacy: masculinity, political voice and Ned Kelly', Journal of interdisciplinary gender studies, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-29.

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