Jayne Persian is a historian predominantly of Central and Eastern Europe displaced persons, many of whom migrated to Australia in the post-war period. Co-Chief Investigator on a 2022-25 ARC Discovery Project: Russian Immigrants and Anti-Communism in Cold War Australia, 1946-1966. Author of Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2017), shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association’s W. K. Hancock Prize 2018, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Prize for Australian History 2018, and the Queensland Literary Awards USQ History Book Award 2018. Co-editor of Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia (Routledge, 2022). Co-Chief Investigator on a 2016-19 ARC Discovery Project: Displacement and Resettlement: Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish displaced persons arriving in Australia via the ‘China’ route in the wake of the Second World War. Co-founder of Australian Migration History Network: amigrationhn.wordpress.com.


PhD, University of Sydney (2011)

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