Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler is a freelance journalist, formerly a long-time senior writer at The Age, who has reported extensively from Papua New Guinea over the past seven years. She is one of only a handful of Australian reporters with consistent interest and expertise in in-depth reporting on PNG issues. In 2009 Chandler earned a Walkley Award (Australia’s most coveted journalism prize) for commentary and analysis for articles generated by trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. She has been awarded a Melbourne Press Club Quill for Best Feature, the George Munster Prize for Independent Journalism, the University of New South Wales Bragg Prize for Science Journalism (for the second time).

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JimCullen_profilepicProfessor Jim Cullen

Jim Cullen is an American cultural historian whose scholarship has covered the colonial period to the present, with a particular focus on the history of popular culture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University (1985), and masters and doctoral degrees in American Civilization from Brown University (1988, 1992). Between 1994 and 2001 he held overlapping appointments as lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University and as Preceptor of Expository Writing at Harvard. Jim has also taught at Brown, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of New Hampshire. Since 2001 has been a member of the history department at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City (and has been chair of the department since 2012). Jim will be visiting Deakin University in 2015.

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Professor Phillip Deery

Phillip Deery is Emeritus Professor of History at Victoria University, where he was Director of Research and Research Training in the College of Arts. He is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of Cold War studies, specialising in the social and political impact of the Cold War in Australia, Great Britain and the United States.  He is also a specialist in Australian communist and labour history.

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Dr John Doyle

Dr. John Doyle is an honorary research fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, where he coordinates the Victorian Parliamentary Internship program and has been a postdoctoral researcher and tutor in Australian politics and history. He is a research consultant at Brighton Grammar School and works with the Australian Policy and History Network at Deakin University. John previously held public policy, regulatory and strategy roles in the telecommunications sector and was Canberra-based foreign affairs and defense analyst. His research interests include political and policy history; government, politics, and public policy; and biography.  

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Professor Peter Edwards

A Rhodes Scholar, Peter has held a Harkness Fellowship, based at Duke University in the United States, a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library; a Research Fellowship and a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University; a Visiting Scholarship at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library; a Visiting Professorship at the University of New South Wales, Canberra; and a part-time professorship at Flinders University. Professor Edwards has worked extensively with a number of Commonwealth Government agencies, including the Australian War Memorial, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Defence, the National Library, the National Archives, and the Office of National Assessments. He is a long-standing member of the editorial advisory board of the Historical Documents Project in DFAT, and the Army Military History Advisory Committee.

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Simone Gigliotti

Simone took her PhD at the University of Melbourne and went on to receive a number of fellowships, and hold academic positions, in the United States, Jamaica, and for a long time, in Wellington, New Zealand, before taking up her current position at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). There Simone is involved in the academic leadership of the university’s Holocaust Research Institute and other public-facing projects. She looks forward to developing synergies and projects with relevant scholars in the Contemporary Histories Research Group. 

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Jason Gibson

Dr Jason Gibson is an anthropologist and historian specialising in ethnographic museum collections, interculturality and settler-colonial histories. He has published work on digital heritage management, the history of Australian anthropology, the intersections between anthropologists and their Indigenous interlocutors, dialogical approaches to historical sources, and the repatriation of Aboriginal cultural materials. Read more >>


Roy Hay

Roy Hay is an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, where he taught for 25 years, and a partner in Sports and Editorial Services Australia. He describes himself as a Deakin mongrel, because he contributed to 25 different units on a variety of subjects and disciplines for Deakin and the Open University in the UK in that time. His first book, The Origins of the Liberal Welfare Reforms, 1906–1914 is still in print 41 years after publication.

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Professor Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington is an award-winning poet and Professor of Writing in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he is head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI). He has also worked in the cultural sector, most notably for the National Library of Australia, where he was Director of Publications and Events. He chaired the ACT Cultural Council (2005-13) and the ACT Public Art Panel (2006-11) and in these roles instigated various arts initiatives and led the development and delivery of the first comprehensive policy and action framework for public art in the ACT. He has published 13 full-length poetry collections—most recently Moonlight on Oleander (UWAP, 2018) and seven poetry chapbooks.

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Dr Rebecca Hutton

Dr Rebecca Hutton is a sessional tutor and research assistant at Deakin University, Australia. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units across both Literature and Writing, and currently supervises Honours/Masters projects within these disciplines. She specialises in children’s and young adult literature, with particular research interests in gender and sexuality in YA narratives and representations of animals and the environment in texts for young people. 

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Ian Kemish, A.M.

Ian Kemish, A.M,  former Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (until 2013) and previously Australian Ambassador to Germany, has recently been appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Deakin’s School of Humanities and Social a Sciences. A UQ History Honours graduate, Mr Kemish began his 26-year diplomatic career in 1988 and had several other postings in Asia and Europe. He was also, in 2004-5, Head of the International Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Ian’s service at headquarters in Canberra focussed on Australia’s relations with the Asia Pacific and, as Head of the Consular Service from 2000 to 2004, on crisis management. He was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for leading Australia’s emergency response to the 2002 Bali bombings. Ian is now a strategic advisor for a global resource company, and also has current roles as Adjunct Associate Professor in History at the University of Queensland, as a board member of the Australia-Indonesia Centre, and as Patron of the Kokoda Track Foundation.

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RobertKennyProfileImageDr Robert Kenny

Robert Kenny’s earliest publications were in the fields of poetry and literature. — a selection of his poetry is available in the online Australian Poetry Library. He also worked extensively in the publishing and graphic arts industries until the mid-1990s, including running the small press Rigmarole Books.  He returned to formal study in the 1990s and completed a PhD in History at La Trobe University in 2004. He sees his field as the social history of ideas. His first scholarly publications focussed on seventeenth-century English sectarianism.  He held fellowships at University of Melbourne and the Mitchell Library, Sydney, before taking up an ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at La Trobe in 2008. He left La Trobe at the end of 2012 and in late 2013 was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, a position he held until late 2015.

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SKoehneProfileDr Samuel Koehne

Dr Samuel Koehne works in the field of Modern European History, focusing particularly on the interrelations between religion, politics and nationalism. He is an expert on Nazism and religion, and has a developed international profile owing to a series of publications in world-class journals (including Central European History, the Journal of Contemporary History & German Studies Review) . He studied history at the University of Melbourne, completing two research degrees (MA, awarded 2004; PhD, awarded 2010). Having previously held fellowships through the DAAD (Historisches Institut, Stuttgart) and Deakin University (Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow), he is currently a Visitor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and a member of the Contemporary Histories Research Group.

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Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy

Carla Pascoe Leahy is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria. Her research examines the history and heritage of women and children in twentieth-century Australia. Carla is interested in how the past lives on in the present, particularly through memory and heritage. Her projects examining motherhood, childhood and menstruation have all foregrounded life stories as she has explored the ways in which personal and affective narratives can illuminate, complement and extend archival research.

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Dr David Lee

Dr David Lee is Director of the Historical Publications and Research Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and an Adjunct Professor in history at Deakin University. He researches and writes on twentieth century Australian history and international history. He is currently working on a long-term research project on the history of mining in Australia after 1960, and on a collaborative research project with Professor Nicholas Brown, Professor Stuart Macintyre and Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno on Sir John Crawford.

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Ms Pam Maclean

Pam Maclean taught Modern European History, Holocaust and Genocide at Deakin University for thirty years. She has researched extensively in the area of Holocaust testimony, Australian Jewish cultural history and memory studies. She is currently an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University where she continues to supervise postgraduate students and to undertake research into Holocaust memory.

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Dr Gwyn McClelland

Dr McClelland holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Japanese history from Monash University. In 2020 he will teach in the Deakin University unit, “Conflict and its Legacies in Modern Asia”. 

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Dr Eric Meadows

Dr Eric Meadows is the Regional Director for Australia at Arcadia University, Philadelphia, and a Visiting Fellow at Deakin University. He is based in Melbourne. Eric began his professional career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and worked with the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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Dr Murray Noonan

Murray’s research interests include Marxist political economy, state theory, International Relations theory and theories of imperialism. He currently teaches (Tutors) in two history subjects at Deakin, namely The Holocaust and Sport in History. He has held Research Fellow positions at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute.

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PURDEY, J profile picDr Jemma Purdey

Jemma Purdey is an Indonesian studies scholar, with a particular interest in political biography and ethnic minorities. She is Fellow at the Australia-Indonesia Centre at Monash University. Her PhD thesis on the final years of the New Order was published in 2006 as Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999, ASAA SEA Publication Series, NUS, Singapore. She undertook a fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University before taking up a post-doctoral position at the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies at Monash University to write a biography of Australia’s first Indonesianist, Herb Feith.

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amit-sarwalDr Amit Sarwal

Dr Amit Sarwal is an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Contemporary Histories Research Group (CHRG), Deakin University. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor (Visiting) of RMIT University, the Founding Convenor of Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN), and a Producer with SBS Radio Hindi. He has worked at Deakin University, Monash University and the University of Delhi. He has a PhD in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University and MBA from Federation University. He was a finalist in the Victorian Government’s International Education Awards 2016. His areas of interest include South Asian Diaspora, Cross-Public and Cultural Diplomacy, Australia-India relations, and Bollywood.

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Associate Professor Tim Sherratt

Associate Professor Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections. Tim has worked across the cultural heritage sector and has been developing online resources relating to libraries, archives, museums and history since 1993. He joined the University of Canberra in 2015 as Associate Professor of Digital Heritage. You can find him at or as @wragge on Twitter.

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Dr Philipp Strobl

Philipp Strobl is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Hildesheim, Germany and an adjunct researcher at Swinburne University of Technology. He has been holding research and teaching positions at different universities in Germany, Australia, Austria, the United States, and Slovakia. His research focuses on a wide range of socio-historical topics, from migration history to urban history, the history of cultural and economic exchange and the history of knowledge transfer.

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Dr Julie Suares

Dr Julie Suares is a graduated doctoral student of Deakin University and a Visiting Fellow. Her doctorate was conferred in October 2015. Julie’s research focuses on JB Chifley, Australian Prime Minister from 1945-49, as an internationalist. She was recently awarded an Australian Prime Ministers Centre Honorary Fellowship for 2015-2016. Read more>>


Dr Richard Trembath

Dr Richard Trembath has taught history at Victorian universities for many years.  He is the author of several books, mostly in conjunction with colleagues.  These include All Care and Responsibility: A History of Nursing in Victoriawith Donna Hellier; A Different Sort of War: Australians in Korea 1950-53; Divine Discontent – The Brotherhood of St Laurence: A History (with Colin Holden);Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting (with Fay Anderson).  His most recent book is Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service Since 1945 (with Noah Riseman) which was published in April 2016.

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Dr Mathew Turner

Mathew Turner completed his PhD at Deakin in 2016, is a former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) research scholar, and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Holocaust Studies (Zentrum für Holocaust-Studien) in Munich from June to October 2018. Mathew works in the field of contemporary German history, with a focus on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, as well as German antisemitism and responses to Holocaust denial.

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Debra Wain

Debra Wain holds in PhD Creative Writing from Deakin University. Her research interests include women, food, culture and community, which she investigates through the short fiction form. Her work – which has appeared in Landlines: anthology of regional poets, Verandah, Tincture, Verity La and Meniscus – is often inspired by the Australian communities in which she has lived.

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Professor Tim Winter

Tim Winter is Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia . He is the former President of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and holds an ARC Future Fellowship on the Silk Roads of the 21st century.

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