Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Kate Rossmanith

Dr Kate RossmanithSenior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies  



Office: Y3A 191F

Phone: (02) 9850 2183 

Undergraduate teaching: MECO211, MECO310

Postgraduate teaching: Master of Future Journalism, Master of Creative Industries


Kate Rossmanith is an author, essayist, and academic. Her background is in Performance Studies, which combines theatre and anthropology, and investigates how we perform ourselves in everyday life. This has laid the grounding for her ethnographic research that examines people's enactments in the courtroom, in particular enactments of remorse. Her essays about the people who work, and find themselves caught up, in the justice system have been used to educate the community about sentencing and parole processes, and have informed the working practices of judges and parole authorities. She has collaborated with anthropologists from the University of Oxford to examine the ways in which offenders on parole connect with mainstream groups.

Kate also researches creative writing, specifically the intersections between nonfiction, memoir and ethnography. She is currently part of a research team exploring the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence and how writers develop narrative from forensic material. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Monthly, The Australian, and Best Australian Essays 2007. In 2013, her essay 'The Work of Judges' was nominated for a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a PhD from the University of Sydney. She lectures in creative nonfiction writing and literary journalism.

Kate's creative nonfiction book, Small Wrongs, a hybrid memoir about remorse in the justice system and in our everyday personal lives, will be published in 2018 by Hardie Grant Books.

Kate Rossmanith's website can be found at


Research Interests

Kate's research interests include ethnography, creative nonfiction writing, rehearsal processes, embodiment, and relationships between performance, emotion and the law.



Rossmanith, K. Small Wrongs, Melbourne: Hardie Grant Books, 2018 (forthcoming)

Book Chapters

Rossmanith, K., 'Many Me', in Best Australian Essays 2007, edt by Drusilla Modjeska, Melbourne, Black Inc., 2007, pp.122-128.

Journal Articles

Hall, M. & Rossmanith, K., 'Imposed Stories: Prisoner self-narratives in the criminal justice system', International Journal for Crime, Justice & Social Democracy, vol. 5(1), 2016, pp. 38-51

Rossmanith, K., 'Affect and the Judicial Assessment of Offenders: Feeling and Judging Remorse', Body & Society, vol. 21(2), 2015, 167-193.

Rossmanith, K., 'Plots and Artefacts: Courts and criminal evidence in the production of True Crime writing', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 40(1), 2014, pp. 97-111. Reprinted in Evidence and the Archive: Ethics, Aesthetics and Emotion, edited by Katherine Biber and Trish Luker, London: Routledge, 2016.

Biber, K., Doyle, P. & Rossmanith, K. 'Perving At Crime Scenes: Authenticity, Ethics, Aesthetics: A Conversation', Griffith Law Review, vol. 22(3), 2014, pp. 804-814.

Rossmanith, K., 'Getting Into the Box: Risky enactments of remorse in the courtroom', About Performance, vol. 12, 2014, pp. 7-26.
Rossmanith, K., 'Being Croc-Savvy: Crocodile country, public education, and rescuing propositional knowledge', SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture, vol. 11(1), 2014, pp. 1-8.
Rossmanith, K., 'The Magistrate and Mr. Moore: Storytelling, narrative forensics, and a judge's experience of sentencing', TEXT, vol. 18, October 2013, pp. 1-13.
Rossmanith, K., 'Spending Two Weeks Mucking Around: Discourse, practice and experience during version 1.0's devising process', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 62, 2013, pp. 179-193.

Rossmanith, K., 'Learning the Lunge: Motility in crocodile country', About Performance, vol. 11, 2012, pp. 105-118.

Filmer, A. & Rossmanith, K., 'Space and Actor Formation', Theatre Research International, vol. 36(3), 2011, pp. 228-239.

Rossmanith, K., 'Making Theatre-Making: Fieldwork, rehearsal and performance preparation', Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, vol. 9(1), 2009, pp. 1-17

Rossmanith, K., 'Traditions and Training in Rehearsal Practice', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 53, 2008, pp.153-159.

Rossmanith, K., 'When the Grinding Starts: Negotiating touch in rehearsal', SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture, vol. 5(3), 2008, pp. 1-9.

Rossmanith, K., 'We are cells: Bioart, semi-livings, and visceral threat', Performance Paradigm, vol. 4, 2008, pp.1-18.

Rossmanith, K., 'Feeling the Right Impulse: Exploring the affective dimension of rehearsal practice', About Performance, vol. 6, 2006, pp.75-92

Creative Nonfiction Essays

Rossmanith, K., 'The Release Plan: Life on Parole', The Monthly, Black Inc., October 2013, pp. 30-37.

Rossmanith, K., 'The Work of Judges', The Monthly, Black Inc., September 2012, pp. 38-45.

Rossmanith, K., 'Close At Hand', The Monthly. Black Inc., March 2010 pp.18-20.

Rossmanith, K., 'On the Edge', The Monthly, Black Inc., August 2008, pp.17-19.

Rossmanith, K., 'Ivy League', The Monthly, Black Inc., February 2008, pp.19-21.

Rossmanith, K., 'Waterworld', The Monthly, Black Inc., July 2007, pp.13-15.

Rossmanith, K., 'Crocodile Fears', The Monthly, Black Inc., June 2007, pp.17-19.

Rossmanith, K., 'Many Me', The Monthly, Black Inc., February 2007, pp.14-16.

Rossmanith, K., 'Jenolan's Ancient Archives', The Australian, 11 October 2006.

Rossmanith, K., 'Imbroglio', in Silken Cords: Beyond Dear Kate, by Samperi, K., Rossmanith, A., Sydney: Random House 1999, pp. 183-213.