Tianna Killoran is an Associate Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences based on the Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus. Tianna has a Bachelor of Education – Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (2017) and a PhD in History (2023) from James Cook University.

Tianna’s primary research focus is on the history of Japanese migrant communities in north Queensland during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her PhD thesis, entitled The Near North and the Far North: The Nikkei Community in North Queensland, 1885-1946, focused on the history of the Nikkei community in north Queensland. Tianna’s research highlights the significance of north Queensland within Japanese-Australian relations during this period and progresses northern Australia’s geopolitical and diplomatic importance during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Currently she is researching the history of civilian Japanese internment in Australia and Canada, as well as the history of Japanese migrant women in Australia.

Her research has been published in History Australia and Lilith: A Feminist History Journal. She was a National Library of Australia Summer Scholar in 2020, and a 2023 Scholar in Residence for the Past Wrong, Future Choices research project in Victoria, Canada. Tianna is also a member of the Lilith Editorial Collective and in 2023 was awarded the Vera Mackie Prize for Best Blog for her article 'Japanese Businesswomen in North Queensland’s Commercial Landscape, 1887-1941.'

  • HI1302: Modern World History (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI2021: Modern Australian History (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI3284: Researching History in Australia (Level 3; TSV)
  • SS1010: Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism (Level 1; TSV)
  • Australian history
  • Migration history
  • Gender & women's history
  • Digital humanities
  • Northern Australia
  • 2024 to present - Associate Lecturer, HASS, James Cook University
  • 2023 to present - Lilith Editorial Collective Member, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal
  • 2023 - Sessional tutor: HI1302 - Modern World History, James Cook University
  • 2023 - Sessional tutor: HI1002 - Australian History, James Cook University
  • 2022 - Non-fiction Editor, Sudo Journal
  • 2020 - Sessional tutor: HI2001 - History of Global Connections, James Cook University
  • 2019 to 2020 - Sessional tutor: SS1010 - Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism, James Cook University
  • 2018 - Research Assistant, James Cook University
  • 2018 - Sessional tutor: HI1302 - Modern World History, James Cook University
  • 2015 - Research Assistant, James Cook University
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2023 - Vera Mackie Prize for Best Blog, Australian Women's History Network
  • 2022 - HDR Open Access Advocate Award, James Cook University
  • 2020 - Carol Moya Mills Summer Scholarship, National Library of Australia
  • 2019 - Postgraduate Conference Bursary & Mentorship, Australian Historical Association & Copyright Agency
  • 2018 - Robert Mays Memorial Prize, James Cook University
  • Australian Historical Association
  • Nikkei Australia
  • Australian Women's History Network

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