Christine Doran

PhD in History, B. Education-B. Arts (Hons), B. Economics

Senior Lecturer, History and Political Science

Dr Christine Doran is Senior Lecturer in History and Political Science in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities. She lectures mainly on Southeast Asian and Australian history.

Educated in Townsville, Dr Doran received First Class Honours in History and subsequently completed a PhD in History at James Cook University. Following up her abiding interest in Economics, she later completed a degree in economics at LaTrobe University, received two university prizes in macroeconomics, and was employed in an economics think tank at Monash University.

Dr Doran has published monographs on the history of the separation movement in north Queensland, the development of electricity supply in north Queensland, and the Country Women’s Association in the Northern Territory.

In addition to editing two volumes on Australian and Indonesian politics, she has published widely on Southeast Asian history and politics in edited collections and in journals such as Nations and Nationalism, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Gender, Technology and Development and Sojourn. For example, she has recently published several articles on the political objectives and strategies of Chinese intellectuals in colonial Singapore at the beginning of the twentieth century.


  • Southeast Asian history
  • Australian History 

Current supervision

  • PhD Kathleen Harry, The Brunei Rebellion of 1962
  • PhD Jan-Maree Herivel, James Scott, Country Trader in the East Indies 

Postgraduate Completions (as Principal Supervisor)

Doctor of Philosophy

2012 Robyn Smith, Arcadian Populism: the Country Liberal Party and Self-Government in the Northern Territory.

2010 Ariati Ni Wayan Pasek, The Journey of the Goddess Durga: India, Java and Bali.

2009 Azmah Abdul Manaf, Islam and Politics in Terengganu 1942-1973.

2004 Steven Farram, From “Timor Koepang” to Timor NTT: A Political History of West Timor, 1901-1967.

Master of Arts

2003 Lucretia Prang, Breaking New Ground: Observations on the Social Position of Women among the Sasak in Lombok.

2000 Martin Andrew, The Singapore Police Force 1918-1938.


Current research

  • Somerset Maugham's non-fiction and fiction of Southeast Asia
  • Intellectual history of Singapore, 1890-1920
  • Representations of Borneo in Western literature

Research interests

  • History of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia
  • History of women during the colonial period in Southeast Asia
  • Gender policies in contemporary Southeast Asia 

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Selected Publications


Doran, C, Separatism in Townsville, 1884-94: "We Should Govern Ourselves", James Cook University, Townsville, 1981.
Doran, C, Partner in Progress: A History of Electricity Supply in North Queensland from 1897 to 1987, James Cook University, Townsville, 1990.
Doran, C, Women in Isolation: A History of the CWA in the Northern Territory, CWA of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 1992.

Edited Books

Doran, C (ed), Indonesian Politics: A Reader, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, 1987.
Christine Doran (ed) (with S.R. Davis), Quangos: The Problem of Accountability, Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, 1982.

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Published Papers

Christine Doran, “North Queensland Separatism” in Lectures on North Queensland History, B.J. Dalton (ed), James Cook University, Townsville, 1979, pp. 85-99.

Christine Doran, “An Historical Perspective on Mining and Economic Change” in The Minerals Sector and the Australian Economy, L.H. Cook & M.G. Porter (eds), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1984, pp. 37-84.
Christine Doran, “Women and Indonesian Nationalism”, Kabar Seberang, No.17, June 1986, pp. 20-31
Christine Doran, “The Indonesian Women’s Movement” in Indonesian Politics: A Reader, C. Doran (ed), James Cook University, Townsville, 1987, pp. 97-108. 
Christine Doran, “Public Control and Ownership in Queensland’s Electricity Industry”, Australian Economic History Review, Vol.28, No.1, 1988, pp. 60-81.
Christine Doran, “Colonising the Territory”, Northern Perspective, Vol.13, No.2, 1990, pp. 14-21.
Christine Doran, “The CWA in Darwin After World War II”, Northern Perspective, Vol.14, No.2, 1991, pp. 23-29.
Christine Doran, “Norma Catherine (Billie) Pitcheneder” in Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography Vol.2, D. Carment & B. James (eds), NTU Press, Darwin, 1992, pp. 162-164.
Christine Doran, “Spanish and Mestizo Women of Manila”, Philippine Studies, Vol.41, Third Quarter, 1993, pp. 269-286.
Christine Doran, “‘A Fine Sphere for Female Usefulness’: Missionary Women in the Straits Settlements, 1815-45”, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol.69, Pt 1, June 1996, pp. 100-111.
Sajid Anwar, Christine Doran & Amir Mahmood, “Corporatism in Singapore: An Analysis of the Electrical Goods Industry”, Occasional Paper No.224, Department of Economics, University of Newcastle, August 1996.  21pp.
Christine Doran, “Global Integration and Local Identities: Engendering the Singaporean Chinese”, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol.37, No.2, August 1996, pp. 153-164.
Christine Doran, “White Women and Colonial Rule”, Northern Perspective, Vol.19, No.1, 1996, pp. 1-8.
Christine Doran, “More than Scones & Tea: The CWA in the Northern Territory”, Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, No.24, 1996, pp. 89-101.
Christine Doran, “‘Oddly Hybrid’: childbearing and childrearing practices in colonial Penang, 1850-1875”, Women’s History Review, Vol.6, No.1, 1997, pp. 29-46.
Christine Doran & Jim Jose, “Gender Rules: Women and Policy in Singapore”, Occasional Paper No.4, Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Nottingham Trent University, 1997.  20pp.
Christine Doran, “The Chinese Cultural Reform Movement in Singapore: Singaporean Chinese Identities and Reconstructions of Gender”, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol.12, No.1, 1997, pp. 92-107.
Christine Doran, “Revolutionary Women in Philippine History and Literature”, International Conference on Women in the Asia-Pacific Region: Persons, Powers and Politics: Proceedings, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1997, pp. 213-221.
Jim Jose & Christine Doran, “Marriage and Marginalisation in Singaporean Politics”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol.27, No.4, 1997, pp. 475-488.
Christine Doran, “‘No prentice hand’: the Penang novels of Mary Eastwick”, South East Asia Research, Vol.6, No.1, March 1998, pp. 49-71.
Christine Doran, “Golden Marvels and Gilded Monsters: Two Women’s Accounts of Colonial Malaya”, Asian Studies Review, Vol.22, No.2, June 1998, pp. 175-192.
Christine Doran, “Confucianism, Cultural Reform and the Politics of Identity in Singapore”, ASEAN Forum, Vol.2, No.3, 1998, pp. 18-27.
Christine Doran, “Women in the Philippine Revolution”, Philippine Studies, Vol.46, Third Quarter, 1998, pp. 361-375.
Sajid Anwar & Christine Doran, “Government and Economy in Singapore: The Case of the Electrical Goods Industry”, Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies, Vol.17, Nos 2/3, 1998, pp. 236-249.
Christine Doran, “White women in colonial contexts: Villains, victims and/or vitiators of imperialism” in Lasting Fascinations, H. Poeze & A. Liem (eds), Yayasan Kabar Seberang/Yayasan Soekarno, Stein, 1998, pp. 99-115.
Christine Doran, “Literary Representations of Filipino Women in Revolution”, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Vol.32, No.2, 1998, pp. 189-209.  [appeared 1999]
Christine Doran, “Historical Constructions of Raffles’ Wives”, Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies, Vol.16, Nos 1&2, 1998, pp. 1-20.  [appeared 1999]
Christine Doran, “Women, nationalism and the Philippine revolution”, Nations and Nationalism, Vol.5, No.2, 1999, pp. 237-258.
Christine Doran & Jim Jose, “Riding the Tiger of Globalization: International Challenges Facing Singapore”, International Scope Review, Vol.1, No.2, 1999, 26pp.
Christine Doran, “Behind the Lines: Women in the History and Literature of the Philippine Revolution”, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol.7, No.3, 2001, pp. 7-30.
Christine Doran, “Gender Matters in the Singapore Mutiny”, Sojourn, Vol.17, No.1, 2002, pp. 76-93.
Christine Doran, “Fantasy as History: The Invention of Cixi, Empress of China”, Femspec, Vol.3, No.2, 2002, pp. 16-30.
Christine Doran & Jim Jose, “Globalization, the Patriarchal State and Women’s Resistance in Singapore”, Gender, Technology and Development, Vol.6, No.2, 2002, pp. 215-232.
Christine Doran, “Adventure Tales, Colonialism, and Alexander Montgomery’s Australian Perspective”, CLC Web: Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol.5, No.2, 2003, pp. 1-10.
Christine Doran, “The ‘beautiful white devil’: a colonial heroine in Borneo waters”, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Vol.37, No.2, 2003, pp. 67-82.
Christine Doran, “Gender and the Singapore Mutiny, 1915”, in Ahmat Adam & Lai Yew Meng (eds), Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, 2003, pp. 59-68.
Christine Doran, “Instruments in the Hand of God: Missionary Women in Malaya, 1815-45”, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol.10, No.1, 2004, pp. 7-24.
Christine Doran, “Bright Celestial: Progress in the Political Thought of Tan Teck Soon”, Sojourn, Vol.21, No.1, 2006, pp. 46-67.
Christine Doran, “Historicism and Anti-Colonialism in Singapore”, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol.1, No.2, 2006, pp. 93-99.
Christine Doran, “E-Politics in Singapore: The Superhighway to Freedom?”, Comunicacion e Cidadania: Revista Internacional de Xornalismo Social (Communication and Citizenship: Social Journalism International Review), Vol.3, 2007,  pp. 1-15.
Christine Doran, “E-Politics in Singapore”, in Communications and Youth, L.A. Pousa, J.E. Pim & O.C. Arbigay (eds), Professional College of Journalists of Galicia, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, 2007, pp. 129-142.
Christine Doran, “Globalization: Dead or Alive?”, Globality Studies Journal: Global History, Society, Civilization, July 2008, pp.1-10.
Christine Doran, “Philippines”, in Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview, Guntram H. Herb & David H. Kaplan (eds), ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, 2008, Vol.3, pp. 1238-1248.
Sajid Anwar, Christine Doran & Choon Yin Sam, “Committing to Regional Cooperation: ASEAN, Globalisation, and the Shin Corporation-Temasek Holdings Deal”, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol.50, No.3, 2009, pp. 307-321.
Christine Doran, “Chinese Palace Eunuchs: Shadows of the Emperors”, Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, Vol.7, No.3, September 2010, pp. 11-26.
Christine Doran, “The Chinese Origins of Democracy: Dynamic Confucianism in Singapore”, Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, Vol.7, No.4, December 2010, pp. 47-53.
Christine Doran, “Singapore”, in The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, Benjamin Isakhan & Stephen Stockwell (eds), Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2012, pp. 257-267.
Christine Doran, “Dynamic Confucianism in the Sinic World: Nationalism, Democracy, Postcolonialism”, in Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Nexus of Politics and Religion in the 21st Century, Jim Jose & Robert Imre (eds), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2013, pp. 46-61.
Christine Doran, “Politics, the Net and Gender in Singapore”, Review of History and Political Science, Vol.2, No.2, 2014, pp. 1-16.
Christine Doran, “Maugham on Mainland Southeast Asia”, American International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol.1, No.1, 2015, pp. 22-25.
Christine Doran, “Popular Orientalism: Somerset Maugham in Mainland Southeast Asia”, Humanities, Vol.5, No.1, 2016, article no.13. doi: 10.3390/h5010013
Christine Doran, “Jung’s Answer to Job: A Modern Myth for the Times”, International Journal of Jungian Studies, Vol.8, No.3, 2016, pp. 168-180. doi:10.1080/19409052.2016.1170714
Christine Doran, “Managerialism: An Ideology and its Evolution”, International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning, Vol.5, No.1, 2016, pp. 81-97.
Christine Doran, “The Price of Prejudice: Women’s Work and Labour Force Discrimination in Australian History”, Anthropology, Vol.5, No.1, 2017. doi:10.4172/2332-0915.1000177
Christine Doran, “Nationalism is Not a Dirty Word”, Journal of Socialomics, Vol.6, No.3, 2017. doi:10.4172/2167-0358.1000207
Christine Doran, “Rage and Anxiety in the Split between Freud and Jung”, Humanities, Vol.6, No.3, 2017. doi:10.3390/h6030053

Book Reviews

Bali: Studies in Life, Thought, and Ritual, Kabar Seberang, No.17, 1986, pp. 236-237.

Fertility Decline in a Traditional Society: The Case of Bali by Kim Streatfield, Kabar Seberang,  No.17, 1986, pp. 236-237.

Tradition, Development, and the Individual: A Study of Conflicts and Supports to Family Planning in Rural Bangldesh by Penny Kane & Lado Ruzicka (eds), Kabar Seberang, No. No.17, 1986, pp. 238-239.

Kanaka: A History of Melanesian Mackay by Clive Moore, Kabar Seberang,  No.17, 1986, pp. 240-241.

Southeast Asia: Essays in the Political Economy of Structural Change, by R. Higgott & R. Robison (eds),  Kabar Seberang, No.19-20, 1988, pp. 210-212.

Up Rode the Troopers: The Black Police in Queensland by Bill Rosser, Northern Perspective, Vol.13, No.2, 1990, pp.115-116.

Thanks Girls and Goodbye: The Story of the Australian Women’s Land Army 1942-45 by Sue Hardisty (ed), Northern Perspective, Vol.15, No.1, 1992, pp.81-82.

Social Sketches of Australia by Humphrey McQueen, Northern Perspective, Vol.15, No.2, 1992, pp.107-108.

On the Edge: Women’s Experience of Queensland by Gail Reekie (ed), Northern Perspective, Vol.18, No.1, 1995, pp.136-137.

Botany Bay Mirages: Illusions of Australia’s Convict Beginnings by Alan Frost, Northern Perspective, Vol.18, No.1, 1995, pp.137-139.

Refugees in Our Own Country: The Story of Darwin’s Wartime Evacuees by Janet Dickinson, Northern Perspective, Vol.19, No.1, 1996, pp.163-164.

East Coast Country: A North Queensland Dreaming by Alan Frost, Northern Perspective, Vol.19, No.2, 1996, pp.137-138.

Malaysia’s Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits by Edmund Terence Gomez & Jomo K.S., Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol.30, No.4, 2000, pp.587-589.

A Nation Aborted: Rizal, American Hegemony and Philippine Nationalism by Floro Quibuyen, Pilipinas, No.35, 2000, pp.22-24.

After Postcolonialism: Remapping Philippines-United States Confrontations by E. San Juan, Jr., Pilipinas, No.35, 2000, pp.46-48.

Women’s Health in Mainland Southeast Asia by Andrea Whittaker (ed), Asian Studies Review, Vol.27, No.3, 2003, pp.411-412.

Indonesian Gold by Kerry B. Collison, Borneo Research Bulletin, Vol.34, 2003, pp.174-175.

The New Individualism: The Emotional Costs of Globalization by Anthony Elliott & Charles Lemert, Comunicacion e Cidadania: Revista Internacional de Xornalismo Social (Communication and Citizenship: Social Journalism International Review), Vol.1, 2006, pp.1-5.

De-Coca-Colonization: Making the Globe from the Inside Out, by Steven Flusty, Left History, Vol.12, No.2, 2007, pp.215-217.

The Outsiders Within: Telling Australia’s Indigenous-Asian Story, by Peta Stephenson, Journal of Northern Territory History, No.19, 2008, pp.96-97.

Christine Doran


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