Associate Professor James Curran

BA PhD Sydney
Associate Professor, Department of History and the US Studies Centre

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2988
Fax +61 2 9351 3918

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Biographical details

I teach courses in Australian political culture and foreign policy and the history of America's relations with the world. From Semester 2, 2014 I will also be the Deputy Pro-Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts. In 2013 I was the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin, and in 2010 held the DFAT/ Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-US Alliance Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC. My next book, funded by an ARC Discovery Project, explores the history of the Australia/US Alliance in the age of Richard Nixon and Gough Whitlam. Unholy Fury: Nixon and Whitlam at War will be published by Melbourne University Press (MUP) in May 2015. Prior to joining academia, I served in various roles in the Australian Public Service, including in the Prime Minster's Department and the Office of National Assessments.

Teaching and supervision

  • HSTY2611: America in World Affairs: A History
  • HSTY2687: Alliance: A History of Australia/US Relations
  • HSTY2677: Australia: Politics and Nation
  • HSTY2676: Australia's World
  • HSTY7000: (MA Course) A History of Australia-US relations

Awards and honours

Prizes

Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards adn the NSW Premier's History Prize:

  • Curran, J. (2004).The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Australian History Prize 2011:

  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2010).The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

In the media

Public Commentary

  • 'Whitlam, Nixon and the Alliance': Self Improvement Wednesday, ABC 702 Drive with Richard Glover, 30 July 2014.
  • 'Radical Nationalist': A review of Malcolm Fraser's Dangerous Allies, The Spectator Australia, 17 May 2014.
  • 'Knights and Dames are sorted. But will Tony Abbott see the Centenary of World War I through British eyes?', The Age, 31 March 2013.
  • 'A Brutal Lesson in Politics from John F Kennedy', The Australian, 22 November 2013
  • 'Marshall Green: America's Mr Asia', American Review (no 12, 2013). To be republished in Passport - The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (January 2014).
  • 'No more pommy-bashing', Spectator Australia, 26 January 2013.
  • 'God Save Australia's Fair Matilda', Self-Improvement Wednesday on ABC 702 with Richard Glover, 12 September 2012.
  • 'Dear Mr President': What did Gough Whitlam say to upset Richard Nixon?, The Monthly, August 2012.
  • 'Abbott's risky Doublespeak Diplomacy', The Australian, 26 July 2012.
  • ‘Australian Political Culture’, on Self Improvement Wednesday, on ABC 702 with Richard Glover, 4 April 2012,
  • ‘The Eagle Down Under’, China/US Focus, 11 January 2012.
  • ‘Access Anxiety’, Australian Literary Review, September 2011 (on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS treaty)
  • ‘Empire Champion’, Australian Literary Review, March 2011.

Selected grants

2010

  • Australian/American Relations in the Era of the New Nationalism; Curran J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Curran, J. (2011). Curtins Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2010). The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2004). The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Edited Books

  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2013). Australia and the Wider World: Selected Essays of Neville Meaney. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Curran, J. (2014). Australia is, and always has been, a pliant ally - a lapdog - that too readily follows the US: The Case Against (forthcoming). In Daniel Baldino (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: The Key Debates. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2013). Republican Reset: The Lessons of History and a Way Ahead. In Benjamin T Jones and Mark McKenna (Eds.), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia, (pp. 141-154). Melbourne: Black Inc.
  • Curran, J. (2012). 'The World Changes': Australia's China Policy in the Wake of Empire. In James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan (Eds.), Australia and China at 40, (pp. 22-43). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Curran, J. (2010). The 'New Line in the Strand': John Armstrong and the 'New Nationalism'. In Carl Bridge, Frank Bongiorno and David Lee (Eds.), The High Commissioners: Australias Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010, (pp. 164-181). Barton: WHH Publishing.

Journals

  • Curran, J. (2014). Beyond the Euphoria: The politics of the American-Australian Alliance during the Cold War (forthcoming). Journal of Cold War Studies.
  • Curran, J. (2014). The Dilemmas of Divergence: The Crisis in American-Australian Relations, 1972-1975. Diplomatic History, 38(2), 377-408. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2013). Australia at empire's end: Approaches and arguments. History Australia, 10(3), 23-35.
  • Curran, J. (2010). L’Australie, le Japon et l’heritage de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Vingtieme Siecle - Revue d'histoire, 107, 115-129.
  • Curran, J. (2009). 'An Organic Part of the Whole Structure': John Curtin's Empire. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 37(1), 51-75. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2008). 'Australia Should Be There': Expo '67 and the Search for a New National Image. Australian Historical Studies, 39(1), 72-90.
  • Curran, J. (2002). The "Thin Dividing Line": Prime Ministers and the Problem of Australian Nationalism, 1972–1996. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 48(4), 469-486.

Reference Works

  • Curran, J. (2007). Australia-Britain. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. (Vol. 1, pp. 66-69).

2014

  • Curran, J. (2014). Australia is, and always has been, a pliant ally - a lapdog - that too readily follows the US: The Case Against (forthcoming). In Daniel Baldino (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: The Key Debates. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2014). Beyond the Euphoria: The politics of the American-Australian Alliance during the Cold War (forthcoming). Journal of Cold War Studies.
  • Curran, J. (2014). The Dilemmas of Divergence: The Crisis in American-Australian Relations, 1972-1975. Diplomatic History, 38(2), 377-408. [More Information]

2013

  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2013). Australia and the Wider World: Selected Essays of Neville Meaney. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2013). Australia at empire's end: Approaches and arguments. History Australia, 10(3), 23-35.
  • Curran, J. (2013). Republican Reset: The Lessons of History and a Way Ahead. In Benjamin T Jones and Mark McKenna (Eds.), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia, (pp. 141-154). Melbourne: Black Inc.

2012

  • Curran, J. (2012). 'The World Changes': Australia's China Policy in the Wake of Empire. In James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan (Eds.), Australia and China at 40, (pp. 22-43). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2011

  • Curran, J. (2011). Curtins Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2010

  • Curran, J. (2010). L’Australie, le Japon et l’heritage de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Vingtieme Siecle - Revue d'histoire, 107, 115-129.
  • Curran, J. (2010). The 'New Line in the Strand': John Armstrong and the 'New Nationalism'. In Carl Bridge, Frank Bongiorno and David Lee (Eds.), The High Commissioners: Australias Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010, (pp. 164-181). Barton: WHH Publishing.
  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2010). The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

2009

  • Curran, J. (2009). 'An Organic Part of the Whole Structure': John Curtin's Empire. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 37(1), 51-75. [More Information]

2008

  • Curran, J. (2008). 'Australia Should Be There': Expo '67 and the Search for a New National Image. Australian Historical Studies, 39(1), 72-90.

2007

  • Curran, J. (2007). Australia-Britain. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. (Vol. 1, pp. 66-69).

2004

  • Curran, J. (2004). The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

2002

  • Curran, J. (2002). The "Thin Dividing Line": Prime Ministers and the Problem of Australian Nationalism, 1972–1996. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 48(4), 469-486.

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