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Biography

Biography

Kate Rossmanith is an author, essayist, and academic. She is the author of Small Wrongs (Hardie Grant Books 2018), a hybrid work of nonfiction about remorse in the justice system and remorse in our everyday personal lives. Small Wrongs has been nominated for Australian and international literary awards, including being longlisted for the 2018 UK Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction Writing. 

Kate's background is in Performance Studies, which combines theatre and anthropology, and investigates how we perform ourselves in everyday life. This has laid the grounding for her ethnographic research that examines enactment, narrative and emotion in criminal justice processes. She has collaborated with researchers from around the world, including the University of Oxford, Harvard University and York University. Her research has informed the working practices of judges, coroners, lawyers and parole authorities. 

Kate also researches creative writing, specifically the intersections between nonfiction, memoir and ethnography. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Monthly, The Australian, and Best Australian Essays 2007. In 2018, Kate's short documentary Unnatural Deaths was published by The Guardian as part of a series exploring archives on film.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a PhD from the University of Sydney. She lectures in creative nonfiction writing and literary journalism.

Kate Rossmanith's website can be found at www.katerossmanith.com

Research Interests

Kate's research interests include ethnography, creative nonfiction writing, rehearsal processes, embodiment, and relationships between performance, emotion and the law.

Research student supervision

PhD Theses - Principal Supervisions

  • Josephine Wilson, ‘Ethical Storytelling and the Cultural Use of Criminal Evidence: Representations of intimate partner homicide in Australian true crime stories’, Macquarie University, continuing.
  • Graeme Friedman, 'Self-perpetuating cycles of shame and rage: Racism, terrorism, and the psychology of oppression and liberation', Macquarie University, continuing.
  • Belinda Lopez, 'Finding Papua in Java: Papuans encounter stories about the past and themselves', Macquarie University, awarded 2020.
  • Jessica Kirkness ‘Writing Deafness: Disability creative nonfiction writing and stories of lived experience’, Macquarie University, awarded 2019.
  • Amy Bauder ‘Beyond the Bush Ballad: Authenticity in Australian country music since the 1980s’, Macquarie University, awarded 2016.
  • Vanessa Berry ‘Cataloguing Sydney:  Blogging and the classification of urban experience’, Macquarie University, awarded 2016.
  • Kathryn Knight ‘Strange Country: Explorations through the territories of motherhood and child disability’, Macquarie University, awarded 2015
  • Patrick Grant ‘The Body on the Boards: Materiality and movement in the production of comics and graphic novels’, Macquarie University, awarded 2014

 

Masters Research Theses - Principal Supervisions

  • Rosie Shorter, ‘Unhappily Ever-After: How a promise of happiness is used to regulate desire and behaviour in Protestant Evangelical Christianity’, Macquarie University, awarded 2017.
  • Jessica Kirkness ‘Dis-abling the Hearing Line: Deafness, deaf studies, and creative nonfiction’, Macquarie University, awarded 2014.

 

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