Dianne’s research interests are in histories of violence, gender, religion and memory with a particular focus on the Irish both in medieval and early modern Ireland and in the modern Irish diaspora. She is also interested in the connections between 19th century ideas about race and Irishness. Dianne held post doctoral research fellowships in the School of History at University of Melbourne and School of Geography, Queen's University, Belfast before joining Victoria University.
Her current research projects are Scalded Memory: Gender, violence and the Irish 1200-1900, and The Irish, race and colonialism in Australia 1788-1918 both with Elizabeth Malcolm, University of Melbourne.
She has been Book Review Editor of Australasian Journal of Irish Studies since 2007 and is also on the Committee of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand.