Professor Mark McKenna

PhD ANU
ARC Future Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

After completing my doctorate in 1996, I took up a research fellowship in political science at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU in Canberra. From 2000 till 2005 I was an ARC QEII Fellow in History at the ANU. I took up a position as Senior Research Fellow in History at Sydney University in August 2006, and in 2010 became a member of the department. Over the last decade I’ve published mainly in two areas - the history of Australian republicanism and monarchy and Aboriginal history.

Research interests

Australian history, particularly political and cultural history and Aboriginal history.

Teaching and supervision

Areas of supervision:

  • Australian history
  • Indigenous history
  • Biography

Current projects

Australia: the search for a Foundational History (ARC Future Fellowship)

Awards and honours

  • An Eye for Eternity, The Life of Manning Clark, MUP 2011. Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Non Fiction; the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction (2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Award); the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction (2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards); the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Non-Fictionand the 2011 South Australian Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction. An Eye for Eternity was also shortlisted for the 2012 National Biography Award, the 2012 NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize, the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Award for Non Fiction, the 2012 Ernest Scott Prize for Australian History, the 2011 Copyright Agency Limited Award for Literature and the 2011 Walkley Book Award

  • Appointed to the Keith Cameron Chair of Australian Studies at University College, Dublin, 2011
  • Shared first prize in the H.V. Evatt Foundation Manning Clark Essay Prize, (Topic: Australian Republicanism) 1997.
  • Co-winner of W.K. Hancock Prize for Australian History [for The Captive Republic] awarded by Australian Historical Studies Association July 1998
  • Author of a new Constitutional Preamble chosen by the Constitutional Centenary Foundation to be circulated to Federal Parliament, February 1999
  • QEII Fellowship, ARC 1999.
  • Winner of Australian Cultural Studies prize 2002, (awarded by the Centre for Australian Culture, UNSW and the Australian National Capital Authority) for Looking for Blackfellas’ Point.
  • Winner of NSW Premier’s Award (Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction) for Looking for Blackfellas’ Point, May 2003.
  • Winner of NSW Premier’s Award (Book of the Year) for Looking for Blackfellas’ Point, May 2003.
  • Looking for Blackfellas’ Point was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s History Prize 2003 and the Australian Literary Studies Association’s Colin Roderick Prize for Best Australian Book 2003 (Fiction or Non-Fiction)
  • This Country: a Reconciled Republic? shortlisted for the Gleebooks Prize for cultural criticism in the 2005 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2011

  • AUSTRALIA: THE SEARCH FOR A FOUNDATIONAL HISTORY; McKenna M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2006

  • University of Sydney - International Senior Research Fellow; McKenna M; University of Sydney/International Senior Research Fellow.

Selected publications

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Books

  • McKenna, M. (2011). An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark. Carlton: The Miegunyah Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). This Country: a Reconciled Republic?. Sydney., NSW: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • McKenna, M., Hudson, W. (2003). Australian Republicanism: a Reader. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2002). Building a Closet of Prayer in the New World: the Story of the Australian Ballot. United Kingdom: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies.
  • McKenna, M. (2002). Looking for Blackfellas' Point : an Australian history of place. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

Book Chapters

  • McKenna, M. (2014). Keeping in Step: The Anzac Resurgence and Military Heritage in Australia and New Zealand. In S. Sumartojo & B. Wellings (Eds.), Keeping in Step: The Anzac Resurgence and Military Heritage in Australia and New Zealand, (pp. 151-168). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • McKenna, M. (2013). Six pack: Volume one of A History of Australia is published. In Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni (Eds.), Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012, (pp. 240-246). Clayton, Australia: Monash University Publishing.
  • McKenna, M. (2013). The history anxiety. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, (pp. 561-580). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2013). Who Stopped the Music? In Robert Manne (Eds.), The Best Australian Essays 2013, (pp. 153-163). Collingwood, Victoria: Black Inc.
  • Coakley, J., McKenna, M. (2011). 'Whatever happened to Republicanism?': Changing Images of the Monarchy in Ireland and Australia. In Katie Holmes and Stuart Ward (Eds.), Exhuming Passions: The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia, (pp. 271-294). Dublin: Irish Academic Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2010). Anzac Day: How Did It Become Australia's National Day? In Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds (Eds.), Whats Wrong with Anzac The Militarisation of Australian History, (pp. 110-134). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2010). Crown. In Melissa Harper, Richard White (Eds.), Symbols of Australia, (pp. 33-37). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2009). 'The Language of Ordinary Men': Henry Reynolds, History and the Pursuit of Justice. In Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths (Eds.), Frontier, race, nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian history, (pp. 71-91). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). 'We think we're pretty good and we are': Values and patriotism in John Howard's Australia. In Deborah Gare, David Ritter (Eds.), Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past since 1788, (pp. 592-600). Australia: Thomson (Learning Australia).
  • McKenna, M. (2008). Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference. In Deryck M Schreuder and Stuart Ward (Eds.), Australias Empire, (pp. 261-287). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). One More With Feeling: The Strange History of Manning Clark. In Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal (Eds.), Fact & Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature, (pp. 323-352). New Delhi: Authorspress.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). The Anzac Myth. In Tony Jones (Eds.), The Best Australian Political Writing 2008, (pp. 333-350). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). The Republic. In Robert Manne (Eds.), Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia, (pp. 15-27). Melbourne: Black Inc.
  • McKenna, M. (2007). Being There. In Drusilla Modjeska (Eds.), The Best Australian Essays 2007, (pp. 199-226). Melbourne Australia: Black Inc.
  • McKenna, M. (2007). Once More With Feeling: the personal Voice of Manning Clark. In Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Against the grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian history and politics, (pp. 191-222). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2007). The Australian Republic: Still Captive after all these Years. In John Warhurst & Malcolm MacKerras (Eds.), Constitutional Politics: The Republic Referendum and the Future, (pp. 145-162). Australia: University of Queensland Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2006). Writing the Past. In Drusilla Modjeska (Eds.), The Best Australian Essays 2006, (pp. 96-110). Melbourne VIC: Black Inc.
  • McKenna, M. (2005). Voyage Around My Constitution. In Sybil Nolan (Eds.), The Dismissal, (pp. 148-154). Melbourne University Press: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). The republic, democracy and reconciliation. In Wayne Hudson & A. J. Brown (Eds.), Restructuring Australia: Regionalism, republicanism and reform of the nation-state, (pp. 98-110). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). Why the war was wrong. In Raimond Gaita (Eds.), Why the war was wrong, (pp. 167-200). Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company.

Journals

  • McKenna, M. (2012). Transplanted to Savage Shores: Indigenous Australians and British birthright in the mid nineteenth-century Australian colonies. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 13(1), online-online. [More Information]
  • McKenna, M. (2009). Australian History and the Australian 'National Inheritance'. Australian Cultural History, 27(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • McKenna, M., Ward, S. (2007). 'It Was Really Moving, Mate': The Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism in Australia. Australian Historical Studies, 38(129), 141-151.
  • McKenna, M. (2005). A symbolic life. Griffith Review, 9(Spring 2005), 151-159.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). Ashes of Republicanism, Dust of Empire. Meanjin, 63(3), 175-186.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). The Poetics of Place: Land, Constitution and Republic. Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), 23(1), 27-33.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). 'I wonder whether I belong': Manning Clark and the politics of Australian history 1970-2000. Australian Historical Studies, 34(122), 364-383.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). A History for Our Time? The Idea of the People in Australian Democracy. History Compass, 1(1), 1-15.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). A Preference for Forgetting: some reflections on publishing Looking for Blackfellas Point. Aboriginal History, 27, 131-138.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). Poetics of place. Griffith Review, 2, 185-194.

Conferences

  • McKenna, M. (2013). Glorious days: Australia 1913.

Other

  • McKenna, M. (2008), Lecture: Notes From the Underground: Writing the biography of Manning Clark.

2014

  • McKenna, M. (2014). Keeping in Step: The Anzac Resurgence and Military Heritage in Australia and New Zealand. In S. Sumartojo & B. Wellings (Eds.), Keeping in Step: The Anzac Resurgence and Military Heritage in Australia and New Zealand, (pp. 151-168). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing.

2013

  • McKenna, M. (2013). Glorious days: Australia 1913.
  • McKenna, M. (2013). Six pack: Volume one of A History of Australia is published. In Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni (Eds.), Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012, (pp. 240-246). Clayton, Australia: Monash University Publishing.
  • McKenna, M. (2013). The history anxiety. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, (pp. 561-580). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2013). Who Stopped the Music? In Robert Manne (Eds.), The Best Australian Essays 2013, (pp. 153-163). Collingwood, Victoria: Black Inc.

2012

  • McKenna, M. (2012). Transplanted to Savage Shores: Indigenous Australians and British birthright in the mid nineteenth-century Australian colonies. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 13(1), online-online. [More Information]

2011

  • Coakley, J., McKenna, M. (2011). 'Whatever happened to Republicanism?': Changing Images of the Monarchy in Ireland and Australia. In Katie Holmes and Stuart Ward (Eds.), Exhuming Passions: The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia, (pp. 271-294). Dublin: Irish Academic Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2011). An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark. Carlton: The Miegunyah Press.

2010

  • McKenna, M. (2010). Anzac Day: How Did It Become Australia's National Day? In Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds (Eds.), Whats Wrong with Anzac The Militarisation of Australian History, (pp. 110-134). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2010). Crown. In Melissa Harper, Richard White (Eds.), Symbols of Australia, (pp. 33-37). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2009

  • McKenna, M. (2009). 'The Language of Ordinary Men': Henry Reynolds, History and the Pursuit of Justice. In Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths (Eds.), Frontier, race, nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian history, (pp. 71-91). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • McKenna, M. (2009). Australian History and the Australian 'National Inheritance'. Australian Cultural History, 27(1), 1-12. [More Information]

2008

  • McKenna, M. (2008). 'We think we're pretty good and we are': Values and patriotism in John Howard's Australia. In Deborah Gare, David Ritter (Eds.), Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past since 1788, (pp. 592-600). Australia: Thomson (Learning Australia).
  • McKenna, M. (2008), Lecture: Notes From the Underground: Writing the biography of Manning Clark.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference. In Deryck M Schreuder and Stuart Ward (Eds.), Australias Empire, (pp. 261-287). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). One More With Feeling: The Strange History of Manning Clark. In Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal (Eds.), Fact & Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature, (pp. 323-352). New Delhi: Authorspress.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). The Anzac Myth. In Tony Jones (Eds.), The Best Australian Political Writing 2008, (pp. 333-350). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2008). The Republic. In Robert Manne (Eds.), Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia, (pp. 15-27). Melbourne: Black Inc.

2007

  • McKenna, M., Ward, S. (2007). 'It Was Really Moving, Mate': The Gallipoli Pilgrimage and Sentimental Nationalism in Australia. Australian Historical Studies, 38(129), 141-151.
  • McKenna, M. (2007). Being There. In Drusilla Modjeska (Eds.), The Best Australian Essays 2007, (pp. 199-226). Melbourne Australia: Black Inc.
  • McKenna, M. (2007). Once More With Feeling: the personal Voice of Manning Clark. In Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Against the grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian history and politics, (pp. 191-222). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2007). The Australian Republic: Still Captive after all these Years. In John Warhurst & Malcolm MacKerras (Eds.), Constitutional Politics: The Republic Referendum and the Future, (pp. 145-162). Australia: University of Queensland Press.

2006

  • McKenna, M. (2006). Writing the Past. In Drusilla Modjeska (Eds.), The Best Australian Essays 2006, (pp. 96-110). Melbourne VIC: Black Inc.

2005

  • McKenna, M. (2005). A symbolic life. Griffith Review, 9(Spring 2005), 151-159.
  • McKenna, M. (2005). Voyage Around My Constitution. In Sybil Nolan (Eds.), The Dismissal, (pp. 148-154). Melbourne University Press: Melbourne University Press.

2004

  • McKenna, M. (2004). Ashes of Republicanism, Dust of Empire. Meanjin, 63(3), 175-186.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). The Poetics of Place: Land, Constitution and Republic. Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), 23(1), 27-33.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). The republic, democracy and reconciliation. In Wayne Hudson & A. J. Brown (Eds.), Restructuring Australia: Regionalism, republicanism and reform of the nation-state, (pp. 98-110). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2004). This Country: a Reconciled Republic?. Sydney., NSW: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2003

  • McKenna, M. (2003). 'I wonder whether I belong': Manning Clark and the politics of Australian history 1970-2000. Australian Historical Studies, 34(122), 364-383.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). A History for Our Time? The Idea of the People in Australian Democracy. History Compass, 1(1), 1-15.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). A Preference for Forgetting: some reflections on publishing Looking for Blackfellas Point. Aboriginal History, 27, 131-138.
  • McKenna, M., Hudson, W. (2003). Australian Republicanism: a Reader. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). Poetics of place. Griffith Review, 2, 185-194.
  • McKenna, M. (2003). Why the war was wrong. In Raimond Gaita (Eds.), Why the war was wrong, (pp. 167-200). Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company.

2002

  • McKenna, M. (2002). Building a Closet of Prayer in the New World: the Story of the Australian Ballot. United Kingdom: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies.
  • McKenna, M. (2002). Looking for Blackfellas' Point : an Australian history of place. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

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