Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson

BA (Hons) PhD Sydney
Lecturer in Australian History

Member of China Studies Centre

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6447
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Biographical details

I am an Australian historian who specilses in the social and cultural history of Australia's engagement with China. Much of my work has focused on Australians in treaty port Shanghai. Prior to taking up a position in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, I worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History, a Lecturer and Faculty Member at Deakin University and as a research fellow in the 'Contemporary Histories' program at the Alfred Deakin Institute. I have also worked with Chinese Australian community groups to preserve the archives of the overseas Chinese diaspora in Australia. My new research is on labour rights and Chinese 'coolie' migration to Australia and the Pacific.

Research interests

  • Twentieth century Australian History (social and cultural)
  • Transnational history
  • Histories of migration
  • Race relations
  • Labor history
  • Commercial culture
  • Australian expatriate communities

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Australia’s People HSTY2700
  • Spies in the Archive HSTY2701

Areas of supervision

Topics in Australian history generally, particularly social and cultural history, labour history and immigration history. I have supervised thesis on Australian colonialism in the Pacific, the White Australia Policy, the history of abortion in Australia and crime in interwar Sydney.

Current postgraduate supervision

  • Emma Kluge
  • Tiger Zhifu Li

Current projects

  • Mobility, Intimacy and Decolonisation: the Chinese Australian Problem after 1949
  • Thinking Labour Rights through the ‘Coolie’ Question

Awards and honours

My article 'Rural Geographies and Chinese Empires: Chinese Shopkeepers and Shop-life in Australia'. Australian Historical Studies, 45(3), 407-424 was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association’s Patricia Grimshaw Prize in 2016

In the media

Search for Daisy Kwok uncovers Shanghai’s Lost History of Chinese-Australia,’ ABC News, 21 September 2016

'Shanghai Princess,' Earshot Program on Radio National (co-produced with Tamson Pietsch)

Selected grants

2015

  • Thinking Labour Rights through the "Coolie Question" Workshop; Loy-Wilson S; Australian Academy of the Social Sciences (ASSA)/Workshop Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2017). Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty Port China. London, UK: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Loy-Wilson, L. (2015). Business Guidebooks and Cross-cultural Engagement between Australia and China. In Chengxin Pan, David Walker (Eds.), Australia and China: Challenges and Ideas in Cross-cultural Engagement, (pp. 51-64). Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

Journals

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2016). The Gospel of Enthusiasm: Salesmanship, Religion and Colonialism in Australian Department Stores in the 1920s and 1930s. Journal of Contemporary History, 51(1), 91-123. [More Information]
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2014). A Chinese shopkeeper on the Atherton Tablelands: Tracing connections between regional Queensland and regional China in Taam Szu Pui's My life and work. Queensland Review, 21(2), 160-176. [More Information]
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2014). New directions in Chinese-Australian history. History Australia, 11(3), 233-238.
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2014). Rural Geographies and Chinese Empires: Chinese Shopkeepers and Shop-life in Australia. Australian Historical Studies, 45(3), 407-424. [More Information]
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2012). White Cargo: Australian residents, trade and colonialism in Shanghai between the wars. History Australia, 9(3), 154-177.
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2011). 'Liberating' Asia: Strikes and Protest in Sydney and Shanghai, 1920-39. History Workshop Journal, 72, 74-102. [More Information]
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2009). 'Reading in Brown Paper': Beckett's Budget and the Sensationalist Press in Interwar Sydney. Media International Australia, 131(May), 70-82.
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2009). Peanuts and Publicists: 'Letting Australian friends know the Chinese side of the Story' in interwar Sydney. History Australia, 6(1), 6.1-6.20.

2017

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2017). Australians in Shanghai: Race, Rights and Nation in Treaty Port China. London, UK: Routledge.

2016

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2016). The Gospel of Enthusiasm: Salesmanship, Religion and Colonialism in Australian Department Stores in the 1920s and 1930s. Journal of Contemporary History, 51(1), 91-123. [More Information]

2015

  • Loy-Wilson, L. (2015). Business Guidebooks and Cross-cultural Engagement between Australia and China. In Chengxin Pan, David Walker (Eds.), Australia and China: Challenges and Ideas in Cross-cultural Engagement, (pp. 51-64). Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

2014

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2014). A Chinese shopkeeper on the Atherton Tablelands: Tracing connections between regional Queensland and regional China in Taam Szu Pui's My life and work. Queensland Review, 21(2), 160-176. [More Information]
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2014). New directions in Chinese-Australian history. History Australia, 11(3), 233-238.
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2014). Rural Geographies and Chinese Empires: Chinese Shopkeepers and Shop-life in Australia. Australian Historical Studies, 45(3), 407-424. [More Information]

2012

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2012). White Cargo: Australian residents, trade and colonialism in Shanghai between the wars. History Australia, 9(3), 154-177.

2011

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2011). 'Liberating' Asia: Strikes and Protest in Sydney and Shanghai, 1920-39. History Workshop Journal, 72, 74-102. [More Information]

2009

  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2009). 'Reading in Brown Paper': Beckett's Budget and the Sensationalist Press in Interwar Sydney. Media International Australia, 131(May), 70-82.
  • Loy-Wilson, S. (2009). Peanuts and Publicists: 'Letting Australian friends know the Chinese side of the Story' in interwar Sydney. History Australia, 6(1), 6.1-6.20.

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