Dr Gemma Betros

BA (Hons), University of Queensland, M.Phil and PhD, University of Cambridge
Honorary Lecturer, School of History
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 210307
  • Religion And Society 220405
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Literature In French 200511
  • Biography 210304

Research interests

  • The history of convents and women religious (nuns)
  • The French Revolution
  • Napoleon and the Napoleonic Empire
  • Diaries and letter-writing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France 
  • Theatre, literature, and translation in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century France and Europe
  • Religion in early modern and modern Europe 
  • Gender and women's history 


Gemma Betros completed a Bachelor of Arts in French and History (First-Class Honours) at the University of Queensland and an M.Phil and PhD in History at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse). She has held academic posts at the University of Leeds, the Harvard Divinity School, and The Australian National University, where she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion, gender, and politics in early modern and modern France. Recent awards include a Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center (University of Notre Dame, USA), a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors, and an Emerging Critics Fellowship with the Sydney Review of Books

Current student projects

  • Thomas Lalevée, 'The search for a science of society in France, 1746-1858: between the physical and the metaphysical' (2014-ongoing) [panel member]
  • Sarah Hodge, 'A Fancy for the Past: Historicised Dress in Britain 1730-1860' (2020-ongoing) [panel member]

Past student projects

  • Jennifer Clynk, 'Quaker drapers in mid-nineteenth century Hobart, Tasmania' (completed 2014) [panel member]
  • David Roth, ‘Life, Death and Release at Callan Park, 1878-1920’ (completed 2020) [panel member]

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