About me



Areas of expertise

I am a policing historian specialising in the history of urban policing, with a primary focus on Ireland, colonial Australia and Canada. I am particularly interested in the impact of Irish policing experience on the development of colonial policing models, both state and municipal. Currently, I am investigating continuity of service experience of ex-policemen in Ireland and in the colony, if and how their previous policing experiences in either urban or rural settings shaped these men’s colonial police careers based on their transfers and service histories.


Irish police, Dublin Metropolitan Police, colonial police forces, Australia, Canada, comparative urban policing

Member Details

Full Name

Anastasia Dukova (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



Hon. B. A.: University of Toronto (2006)
PhD: TCD (2012)


I currently hold an adjunct research fellow position with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Previously I've held fellowships with the Griffith Criminology Institute and the University of Toronto (Postdoc).


Sessional Instruction. Australian and the World: 1788 to the Present; History of Terrorism.

Committees & Associations

Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
Transnational Ireland
Lilith Feminist History Journal Editorial Collective
Brisbane History Group


ARC Discovery Grant 2018-20 'Managing migrants and border control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981', A. Varnava, M. Marmo, E. Richards & A. Dukova (PI), $206,531 (2018-2020)
Harry Gentle Research Centre Visiting Fellowship $5,000 (2017)
Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History, Brisbane City Council $20,000 (2016-2017)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto $27,500 (2012-2013)
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, IRCHSS (2008-2011)
Grace Lawless Lee Fund, University of Dublin, Trinity College €3,400 (2009, 2010)
Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies (CISCS), Ireland (2010)

Other activities

Digital Colonial Brisbane.
The project consolidates historical information regarding the key aspects of urban life in Brisbane from 1859 to 1901. Utilising police courts records the project will recreate the daily interactions of Brisbanites as told by actions and words of the participants themselves, captured in sworn and expert witness statements. By recreating Brisbane's historical crime map, it takes visitors along on a beat and let them experience the bustling street life through the eyes of an ordinary city patrol Constable and an average city dweller.

Presentations, selected:
• "'The Irish Volunteer' in Queensland: Police and the War Effort, 1911-1919", 22nd Australasian Studies Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, December 2016.
• “Lifeguards of the Sleeping Realm: A History of the Dublin Police”, Celtic Studies Visiting Scholars Presentation Series, University of Toronto, November 2015
• “Feminine Blue Line: Women Police in Queensland”, AHWN Flesh and Blood Symposium, Australian National University, May 2015
• “Irish Policing Experience on Colonial Soil”, ANZLHS Law’s Empire or Empire’s Law?: Legal Discourse of Colonies and Commonwealths, Coffs Harbour, December 2014



A History of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Its Colonial Legacy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137555816

Policing Colonial Brisbane, University of Queensland Press, 2018

Book Chapters

H. J. Gibbney revised by Anastasia Dukova, 'Armit, William Edington (de Margrat) (1848–1901)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University

Other Journals

“Policing the Lockout: The Role of the DMP”, History Ireland, Vol 21, Issue 4, Jul/ Aug 2013, p. 32.
“The Great Strike”, Garda Gazette. An Garda Síochána Historical Society, Summer 2011.

Electronic Publications

Policing a Colonial Metropolis: From Moreton Bay to Brisbane, Harry Gentle Resource Centre, Griffith University https://harrygentle.com.au/projects/policing-a-colonial-metropolis-from-moreton-bay-to-brisbane/
From The Vault, Queensland Police Museum Historical Series http://www.mypolice.qld.gov.au/museum


Dukova, Anastasia. “Ray Whitrod, Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption. Book Review”, Queensland Review, 24 (2), 2017, 325-328.
Dukova, Anastasia. “Wayward Women: Female Offending in Victorian England. Book Review”, Lilith Feminist History Journal 23, 2017, 178.
Dukova, Anastasia. “Tim Prenzler, 100 Years of Women Police in Australia. Book Review”, Lilith Feminist History Journal 22, 2016, 112-14.