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Our editors are both experienced academics and professional editors, which is what allows us to produce work of the very highest standard in the extremely specialised field of academic editing.

Dr Rani Kerin, Editor at Capstone Editing

Dr Rani Kerin


  • PhD (History), The Australian National University
  • Honours in History, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts (majors in History and Gender Studies), Monash University

Dr Rani Kerin has been researching, teaching, supervising and publishing in Aboriginal history for more than a decade. In 2012, her monograph Doctor Do-Good: Charles Duguid and Aboriginal Advancement, 1930s–1960s was shortlisted for the Magarey Medal in biography. She has lectured at flagship universities in New Zealand and Australia, including the University of Otago and Monash University, and has held research fellowships at the National Centre of Biography (The Australian National University), the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (University of Sydney) and the Monash Indigenous Centre (Monash University). She has been supervising Higher Degree Research students at Federation University since 2013.

Dr Kerin is an accomplished and highly experienced specialist academic editor. From 2010 to 2013, she worked as a Research Editor at the Australian Dictionary of Biography and she has been Monographs Editor for Aboriginal History since 2011. The satisfaction that comes from seeing a piece of writing improve to such an extent that it not only reads well, but reads beautifully, drives her love of editing.

The combination of her considerable academic editing skill and experience supervising postgraduate students makes Dr Kerin especially talented at editing Honours, Master’s and PhD theses. Dr Kerin knows exactly what a thesis examiner expects to see in a thesis worthy of acceptance and is able to use her expertise as a professional editor to help students to achieve academic success.


Books and Book Chapters
  • Kerin, Rani. Forthcoming. ‘Radical Respectability: Adelaide-based Activism in the mid-Twentieth Century’. In Colonialism and Its Aftermath: Aboriginal History in South Australia, edited by P. Brock and T. Gara. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2016. Making A Difference: Fifty Years of Indigenous Programs at Monash University. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2016. ‘A History of Changing Legislation and Attitudes Towards British, non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australian Children’. In Aboriginal Children, History and Health: Beyond Social Determinants, edited by John Boulton. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2011. ‘Becoming Aboriginal in the Era of Assimilation’. In Rethinking the Racial Moment: Essays on the Colonial Encounter, edited by Alison Holland and Barbara Brookes. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2011. Doctor Do-Good: Charles Duguid and Aboriginal Advancement, 1930s–1960s. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2009. ‘Dogging for a Living: Aborigines and Undesirables in Central Australia’. In Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds & Australian History, edited by Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Kerin, Sitarani. 1999. An Attitude of Respect: Anna Vroland and Aboriginal Rights, 1947–1957. Melbourne: Monash Publications in History.
Journal Articles
  • Cahir, Fred, Sarah McMaster, Wendy Wright, Rani Kerin and Ian Clark. 2016. ‘“Winda Lingo Parugoneit” or Why Set the Bush [on] Fire? Fire and Victorian Aboriginal People on the Colonial Frontier’. Australian Historical Studies 47 (2): 225–240.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2013. ‘Making “Genuine Friendships” Across Racial Lines: Cousin Judy and Her Aboriginal Mates’. Journal of New Zealand Studies 14.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2007. ‘Mixed up in a bit of Do-Goodery’: Judy Inglis, Activist Anthropology and Aboriginal History’. History and Anthropology 8 (4):427–442.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2006. ‘“Natives Allowed to Remain Naked”: An Unorthodox Approach to Medical Work at Ernabella Mission’. Health and History 8 (1).
  • Kerin, Rani. 2005. ‘Sydney James Cook/Duguid and the Importance of Being Aboriginal’. Aboriginal History 29:46–63.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2005. ‘Charles Duguid and Aboriginal Assimilation in Adelaide, 1950–1960: “The Nebulous Assimilation Goal”’. History Australia 2:85.1–85.17.
Book Reviews
  • Kerin, Rani. 2016. Review of Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League, by Richard Broome. Australian Historical Studies 47 (2):338–339.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2014. Review of Witnessing Australian Stories: History, Testimony and Memory in Contemporary Culture, by Kelly Butler. Australian Historical Studies 45 (3):469.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2013. Review of Our Greatest Challenge: Aboriginal Children and Human Rights, by Hannah McGlade. Aboriginal History 37:179–180.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2013. Review of Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation, by Russell McGregor. Journal of Australian Studies 37 (2):269–271.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2012. Review of Outside Country: Histories of Inland Australia, edited by Alan Mayne. Aboriginal History 36:215–216.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2012. Review of Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788, by Richard Broome. Journal of Pacific History 47 (1):142–143.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2010. Review of Possession: Batman’s Treaty and the Matter of History, by Bain Attwood. Journal of Pacific History 45 (1):170.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2008. Review of A Cautious Silence: The Politics of Australian Anthropology, by Geoff Gray. Australian Aboriginal Studies 1:125–126.
  • Kerin, Rani. 2007. Review of Contesting Assimilation, edited by Tim Rowse. History Australia 4 (1):25.1–25.2.