• The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.16, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Kati Tonkin is a Senior Lecturer in German Studies and History. She holds a Ph.D in German and European Studies from the University of Western Australia (awarded with Distinction in 2005) and has conducted research in Germany and in Austria.

Roles and responsibilities

Honours Coordinator, European Languages and Studies

Academic Coordinator, Stuttgart Exchange Program

Teaching overview

In German Studies Kati is responsible for the large entry-level unit German Beginners 1 (GRMN1401). This unit is taught in a blended mode, with short video modules preparing students for three hours of language classes where the emphasis is on active learning.

In the History program Kati teaches three units in European intellectual and cultural history: Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective (HIST1102); Civilisation and Barbarism in European Culture (HIST2202); and Imagining the Nation in European Culture (HIST3302).

Kati is a leader in teaching innovation. Most recently she piloted the use of Smart Sparrow, an adaptive e-learning platform, to replace lectures in HIST2202 Civilisation and Barbarism. In their feedback students said they found the Smart Sparrow much more engaging than lectures, with many students suggesting the technology should be used more widely at UWA.

Kati supervises honours and postgraduate students and currently has five PhD students working on topics in European literature and history.


Student perceptions of the flipped classroom in higher education

Student mobility and intercultural literacy

Collective memory in German electronic music of the 1960s and 1970s

The novels and journalism of Joseph Roth

Contemporary European film

European integration

Funding overview

Centre for Education Futures Grant (with Martin Forsey and Melinda Hodkiewicz) (2016)

UWA Teaching Fellowship (2012)

DEEWR Short-Term Mobility Program Staff Subsidy (2011)

UWA Research Grant Scheme Award (2007)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences UWA Publications Grant (2007)

Early Career Academic Researchers Travel Grant, UWA (2007)

Österreich-Stipendium: Austrian Academic Exchange Service (ÖAD) Fellowship, Vienna (2001-02)

Fay Gale Fellowship, UWA (2001)


English (native)

German (near-native)

French (reading)


  • Austrian literature (interwar)
  • Joseph Roth
  • Flipped classroom
  • German electonic music
  • Ethnic and national identity in Europe
  • European cinema
  • (The) Habsburg Jews
  • Twentieth-century German literature
  • Intercultural competence/intercultural literacy

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Research Output 1997 2018

435 Downloads (Pure)
studies abroad
police officer
foreign language
socialization theory
1 Citation (Scopus)
intercultural learning
studies abroad
2 Citations (Scopus)
European Union
Soviet Union
Eastern Europe

Decentring Europe from the Fringe: Reimagining Balkan Identities in the Films of the 1990s

Jenkins, D. & Tonkin, K., 2014, East, West and Centre. Gott, M. & Herzog, T. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 205-218

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Projects 2008 2008


GRMN1401 German Beginners 1

Kati Tonkin