Dr Hilary Howes

DipML (German) (Melb.), BSc (Melb.), BA (Hons) (Melb.), MA (HPS) (Melb.), PhD (ANU)
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Archaeology and Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206
  • Pacific History (Excl. New Zealand And Maori) 210313
  • German Language 200307
  • Archaeology Of New Guinea And Pacific Islands (Excl. New Zealand) 210106
  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 210307


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, working on Professor Matthew Spriggs’ Laureate Fellowship project 'The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific: A Hidden History' (CBAP).  My current research, which addresses the German-speaking tradition within Pacific archaeology and ethnology, builds on my PhD dissertation, completed in the ANU’s School of Culture, History and Language in 2011 and published in 2013 as The Race Question in Oceania: A.B. Meyer and Otto Finsch between metropolitan theory and field experience, 1865-1914.

I hold a Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Science, a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours), a Bachelor of Science, and a Diploma in Modern Languages (German), all from the University of Melbourne.  In addition to various stints as a research assistant, tutor, co-lecturer, guest lecturer and associate course co-ordinator, I was employed most recently as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador at the Australian Embassy in Berlin, where my responsibilities included bilateral research collaboration and the repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains from German collecting institutions.

Current student projects

Eve Haddow - missionaries and archaeology in Oceania

Michelle Richards - the ongoing contribution of Pacific museum collections to archaeology

Victor Melander - Thor Heyerdahl as Pacific archaeologist

Past student projects

Joanna Barrkman - the significance of ethnographic museum collections for source communities today


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