Catherine Kovesi is an historian at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on early modern Italy, and on Australian religious history, especially of women religious. She wrote the first biography of Ursula Frayne (1996), a history of Urusla Frayne Catholic College in Western Australia (1999), and a substantial history of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Tahiti (2008), now in its second edition (2010). She has completed consultancy work for several religious orders, including the report placing the archives of the Academy of Mary Immaculate on Nicholson Street on the list of Heritage Victoria; the project to establish an Interpretive Centre in the former convent site of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Abbotsford, Victoria; and also a project to memorialize the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand. She has long championed the need to highlight the important role played by women religious in the social and cultural history of Australia.