Current Postgraduate Research


Anne Armitstead Higgins


Thomas Aylward II


Sarah Anne Bendall

Bodies of Whalebone, Wood, Metal and Cloth: Shaping Femininity in England, 1560-1690

My research examines the production, consumption and discourses generated around stiffened female undergarments in order to analyse the ways that women and their bodies were understood, regulated and experienced in England, c. 1560-1690. Undergarments were not only items of material culture that sat the closest to the historical female body and intermingled with ideas of cleanliness, modesty, vanity and eroticism, but certain items - bodies, busks, farthingales and bum-rolls - also structured and re-shaped the early modern female body, creating the ideal feminine silhouette out of whalebone, wood, metal and cloth. With this in mind my research focuses on what these understandings can tell historians about the ways that people used material culture, such as clothing, to regulate not just appearance but also gender, class, civility, sexualities and intimate relations in early modern England.

Research Interests: material culture history, early modern Europe, history of gender and sexuality, history of the body and medicine, early modern women's history, fashion history, history of manners and conduct literature, history of emotions


Timothy Briedis


Shayne Brown

A History of Orthoptics circa 1930-1990


Peter Brownlee

Badham of Sydney - The making of a purposeful public intellectual in colonial New South Wales 1867-1884

The appointment of the Rev. Charles Badham M. A. (Oxon.), D. D. (Cantab.) in 1867 as Principal and Professor of Classics and Logic at the University of Sydney was a decisive moment for the University as an institution, the City of Sydney, the wider colony of New South Wales, and even the other Australian colonies and their embryonic universities (as well as for a not over-large number of students, the Badhams themselves and a developing circle of intimates in colonial Sydney). Badham also made a considerable impact as a kind of early “public intellectual”, someone acclaimed for scholarly and intellectual achievement who also became a kind of arbiter of cultural matters of all kinds, especially if they involved the classical world at a time when great deference was accorded to “the Classics” as the principal constituent of élite education. He was also a powerful proponent of cultural enterprises to wider publics mediated, appropriately, by contemporary media, that is, metropolitan and regional newspapers and journals.

The questions I propose to examine are:
1. How did the appointment of Charles Badham and his academic and public work affect the developing colony of New South Wales from 1867 to 1884?,
2. How were Badham's research activities and the publication of his work as a professional scholar specialising in classical philology and textual criticism affected by his remoteness from established centres of scholarship?, and
3. How did Badham reconcile the contending pressures of teaching, research, and administration as well as the development of colonial cultural institutions (including the University, the Public Library and primary and secondary schools) and his public celebrity as a kind of intellectual and cultural colossus?


Richard Cardinale

Collective Identity Formation and the End of the Cold War: The Changing Socio-Political Landscape of the Soviet Union in the Late 20th Century


Heather Christie

The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth - The Fate of Francis of Assisi's Humility in the Medieval Franciscan Order

What happened to Francis of Assisi’s concept of humility during the rapid transition of his Order from a small group of personal followers to a large geographically disparate organisation? This thesis explores whether the medieval Franciscan Order made adaptations to Francis’s concept of humility, to incorporate it into the Order’s institutional, and legal, environment and align it with the Order’s ever-widening portfolio of responsibilities in the Church, and whether any such adjustments had a formative and differentiating effect on the nature of the Order. The project will seek to isolate and characterise the Order’s concept and practice of humility, as distinct from that of Francis’s, and analyse its impact on the Order’s early development and the history of humility as a religious idea. Further, in the early twenty-first century when both the nation-state system and internationalism are under increasing scrutiny, it is hoped a model will emerge for considering the histories of other altruistic, non-governmental, transnational organisations, from the Middle Ages to the present.


Rosemary Collerson


Ryan Cropp

The Intellectual Development of Donald Horne


Rose Cullen


John Della Bosca


Madeleine Dowd

Paul Keating and Radical Nationalism: An examination of a radical display of the Australian self


Sarah Dunstan

A Tale of Two Republics: Black configurations of rights and citizenship between French Empire and American Exceptionalism, 1919-1962.

My dissertation maps African American and Francophone black intellectual collaborations over human rights and citizenship from 1919 until 1962. From the so-called Wilsonian moment associated with the Paris of 1919 until the end of the Algerian War in 1962, black scholars and activists grappled with the connection between racial and national belonging and access to rights. Their collaboration occurred through conferences like the Pan African Congress of 1919 and the 1956 Congrès des écrivains et artistes noirs as well as through journals such as Les Continents, Opportunity, La Revue du monde noir and Présence Africaine. The connections created in these formal spaces lingered on in powerful personal and institutional exchanges that were hugely influential in shaping black activism and thinking around rights on a national, imperial and diasporic level.

Historians of the African American experience have tended to confine their studies to America's political borders and scholarship pertaining to Francophone black thinking on citizenship and rights has most often utilised the framework of the French empire. Those who have re-adjusted these parameters have been primarily interested in the creation of an African diasporan identity, thereby understating the deep engagement of these particular groups of thinkers with not only non-black intellectual legacies but with the internationalist institution building that was occurring during the four decades in question. Connecting the independent archives of black activist organisations within America and France with those of international institutions such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, my thesis will situate key black American and Francophone intellectuals within a transnational framework that acknowledges the role of both diasporan entanglements and ‘non-racialist’ rights discourses.

Research and Teaching Interests: Twentieth-Century African-American and American history, Twentieth Century French history, Human Rights history, Transnational networks.


James Findlay

Caught on Screen; Representations of the Convict Experience in Film and Television.

My research will critically investigate a wide selection of representations in film and television of the men and women who were transported as convicts to Australia between 1788 and 1868. It will explore how artistic, social, academic and economic concerns have played roles in shaping these representations and broadly look at what affect they have had on social understandings of, and mythologies surrounding Australia┬╣s convict history.

Research interests: History of Australian cinema, historical film studies, Australian colonial history, issues of national identity.


Emmett Gillespie

Women's Auxiliaries and the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party.


Michael Goodman

Beyond Academia: Universities, The Humanities, and The Shifting Social Contract in The Twentieth Century.


Simon Graham

Brother Organs: Transnational Intelligence Collaboration between East Germany and Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, 1955-89.


Samuel Gribble

The 'Radical Underworld' of the Mediterranean: William Eton, Malta, and the British Mediterranean Empire, 1780-1806.


William (Billy) Griffiths

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia.


Rollo Hesketh

'In search of a national idea': Australian Intellectuals and the Cultural Cringe, 1940 – 1964

During the Second World War and after many Australian intellectuals, tired of the dominance of - and deference towards - British culture, sought to articulate the existence of a distinctively Australian canon, at the same time as fostering the continued flourishing of Australian culture. Spurred originally by the perceived threat to Australia from Japan in 1942, and promoted by the 'little magazine' Meanjin , these writers and thinkers aimed to build a national idea through an Australian high culture previously ignored in academic circles. Leaders of this group of 'cultural nationalists' included Meanjin editor C.B. Christesen and literary critic A.A. Phillips, who coined the term 'cultural cringe' in a Meanjin essay of 1950. My thesis will explore their ideas and aims, as well as those of other intellectuals of the era - including Manning Clark, Bernard Smith and Donald Horne - who in different ways sought to rise to the challenge of creating an 'Australian Tradition' in the face of the perceived parochialism and conservatism of the era.


Sara Hilder


Rohan Howitt

Australia, Antarctica, and the Logics of State Formation, 1839-1933

My research examines how people and states engaged with Antarctic exploration in the period from 1886 to 1933. I focus on Australia’s complex patterns of political, intellectual, and cultural engagement with Antarctica, but place these in an international context alongside those of other states such as Argentina, Belgium, Britain, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Uruguay. This body of evidence is used to examine broad questions about the formation and expansion of states. The thesis seeks to contribute to a number of distinct historiographies, including Australian history, imperial history, Antarctic history, and the intellectual history of state formation.


Minerva Inwald


Nicholas Irving

Global Thought, Local Action: Australian activism against the Vietnam War


Amy Jelacic

Free trade and liberalism in 19th century Britain: rethinking our intellectual heritage

In my research I am investigating the intellectual history of free trade, loosely focused on the period 1800-1860 in the British Empire. I am especially interested in looking at ideas of free trade outside canonical texts of political economy: my interest lies in how ideas about free trade and liberal economic policies were received by politicians, government officials, industry leaders, colonial administrators, trade unionists, and others. I want to understand what “free trade” meant to these people and why they may or may not have supported it, and what arguments for and against free trade looked like. I’m considering these things in the context of broader questions about the relationship between imperialism and trade in the British Empire and the development of liberal political and economic ideas in the nineteenth century. Underpinning these questions, in turn, are my ongoing investigations into the relationship between economics and politics and between the state and the economy, and the emergence of “the economy” as a distinct entity. I hope to challenge teleological accounts of the rise of free trade and ultimately provide new understandings of present political and economic conditions through examination of our intellectual heritage.


Alfred Johnson

Civility and Godly Society: Scotland 1550-1672


Martin Kaushal


David Kearns

The Common Law and Normative Political Thought in Restoration England

My thesis investigates the relationship between the work of the justices of the Court of King’s Bench – the highest common law court – and religious thought in Restoration England, specifically focusing on the reigns of Charles II and James II; the period 1660 to 1688. I will provide a detailed study of Restoration King’s Bench legal practice, and will locate this practice within the broader professional and conceptual context within which lawyers and judges worked. In particular, my thesis will contextualise the work of King’s Bench justices in the Court of King’s Bench and their personal writings in relation to the claims of religious historians and Church of England authorities that these judges would have read or heard. Based on my early entries into this research, I intend to argue that in their personal writings on the law and through their judicial practice, the common lawyers defined their work against religious thought and as the deployment of a rationality consisting of the interpretation and application of institutionally specific and historically contingent principles. To bear the persona of a judge, for these lawyers, was to interpret older laws as articulated in legislation or earlier judicial decisions and re-apply them, modified, to meet present circumstances.


Kim Kemmis

Marie Collier: a life

The Australian soprano Marie Collier (1927-1971) is generally remembered for two things: for her performance of the title role in Puccini’s Tosca, especially when she replaced the controversial singer Maria Callas at late notice in 1965; and her tragic death in a fall from a window at the age of forty-four. The focus on Tosca, and the mythology that has grown around the manner of her death, have obscured Collier’s considerable achievements. She sang traditional repertoire with great success in the major opera houses of Europe, North and South America and Australia, and became celebrated for her pioneering performances of twentieth-century works now regularly performed alongside the traditional canon. Collier’s experiences reveal much about post-World War II Australian identity and cultural values, about the ways in which the making of opera changed throughout the world in the 1950s and 1960s, and how women negotiated their changing status and prospects through that period. She exercised her profession in an era when the opera industry became globalised, creating and controlling an image of herself as the ‘housewife-diva’, maintaining her identity as an Australian artist on the international scene, and developing a successful career at the highest level of her artform while creating a fulfilling home life. This study considers the circumstances and mythology of Marie Collier’s death, but more importantly shows her as a woman of the mid-twentieth century navigating the professional and personal spheres to achieve her vision of a life that included art, work and family.


Moira Kenny


Samantha Killmore


Lucy King

Symbolism, Pageantry and Propaganda: Visual Establishment of Dynastic Power in the War of the Roses and Its Aftermath


Emma Kluge

The West Papuan independence movement, 1960s-1970s


Paul Knopke

Flying Free: the Voyage of Joseph Beete Jukes


Stephen Lake

The Development of the Humanities in France and Germany in the 19th/20th Centuries

Each of us has a world-view, which we broadly share with other members of our cultural tradition, and which is as often inherited as it is consciously reflected upon. This includes a value system (including religious belief or the absence of any such belief), assumptions about the nature of experienced and perceived reality, a sense of our individual and collective identity, and a definition of our relationship to the world. At times of substantial socio-economic change, of political, religious, and/or scientific shifts, our world-views are challenged, they are found to be inadequate, and over time our society constructs a new world-view. The 19th-20th centuries were a time of dramatic European transition, the undermining of inherited certainties, and initially of some confidence in progress but following WWI of increased scepticism and pessimism about human nature. This resulted in arguably the greatest period of cultural creativity and diverse responses to this age of Angst in western history, from which ‘Modernism’ emerged as a new world-view. The Frankfurt School (including here Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Kracauer, Bloch, Marcuse, Löwenthal, and by loose association or analogy, Arendt, together with a constellation of ‘peripheral’ figures, almost all of whom were Jewish) represents one of the most fertile responses to the challenges and currents of the period between the Fin de siècle and the 1960s, and which in our present unsettled times is attracting renewed interest. This project presents a theoretical exposition of the concept of a Weltanschauung and examines the ways in which the thought of these individuals (their qualified adaptation of Marxism, utopianism, engagement with artistic, musical and literary trends, examination of new cultural forms and technology, sociological studies, critique of the bourgeoisie, ideas of history, aesthetics and literary theory, defence of human dignity, and their reservations about many other contemporary philosophical schools) was a response to their immediate contingent environment and experience (including Nazism and anti-Semitism), how they drew upon cultural and intellectual sources from their present and past in order to offer new interpretations of reality, but also their limitations, notably in political theory – a case study in how philosophy is a product of and a response to history.


Georgia Lawrence-Doyle

Filming the Past in Modern Italy: The Fascist and Postwar Years through the Lens of La Commedia all‘Italiana

My research explores the intersection between Fascist and postwar Italian history, politics and popular cinema. My work specifically examines the Italian comic film genre, La Commedia all’ Italiana, which was produced from the early 1960s to the late 1970s. My work proposes that filmmakers such as Pietro Germi, Dino Risi, Mario Monicelli and Lina Wertmuller, offer us an idiosyncratic and culturally-nuanced perspective of Fascist and postwar Italy. I am interested in the comic archetypes featured in these films and how they emphasise the historical prevalence of certain social prejudices within Italian society. These filmmakers also compelled Italian audiences to confront the legacy of Fascism, and its pervasiveness in Italy’s violent and politically turbulent ‘Years of Lead’ (Gli Anni di Piombo), which endured from the late 1960s until the early 1980s. Ultimately, my work explores how La Commedia all’Italiana both encapsulated and satirised the Fascist and postwar eras, thus exposing the prejudices, cultural binaries and institutions which define Italian society.

Research/Teaching Interests: Twentieth-Century European history, Fascist and postwar Italian history, Italian cinema, film and history, historical memory, national cinemas and national identities, gender history.


Tiger Zhifu Li

Dancing with the Dragon: Australia’s Diplomatic Relations with China (1901-1949)

This thesis aims to discuss Australia’s connections with Asia, especially China, between 1901 and 1949. China appointed its first Consul-General in Melbourne, Australia in 1909. In 1921, Edward Little was appointed as Australia’s first trade commissioner in China. Thus, Australia and China had official relations between 1909 and 1949.

I argue the decade of 1930s was the first time that Australia has turned its attention to Asia (namely China and Japan), both politically and economically, at least at the official level. I suggest that the Great Depression and the Second World War forced Australian policy-makers to reconsider Australia’s geo-political position in the world. These two significant international events made Australian politicians to realise: Australia’s geographical closeness to Asia. This is why Australia appointed its first two diplomatic postings in the USA and Japan in the 1940. Only one year later, Australia appointed its first Minister to China. Sir Frederick Eggleston went to Chongqing, China in 1941. In this thesis, I argue that Chinese diplomats used trade as a tool to fight against the White Australia policy, between 1909 and 1941. I further argue Australia was more intertwined and connected with Asia, in this period than the existing literature suggested.

Research interests: Chinese histories, Sino-Western Relations, Chinese histories in Australia and New Zealand


Qingjun Liu

Reinterpreting the Sino-Japanese War: the Southwest Shanxi Base Area in North China 1939-1940

The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 (within China it is usually called the War of Resistance to Japan) is a significant turning point in the history of Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Before the war the CCP was on the edge of extinction with only limited influence across the whole country, and had suffered terrible losses under the attack of Chang Kai-shek's Nationalist Party and its armies. After the war, the CCP actually controlled the majority of North China and was able to challenge Nationalist Party rule in China as a whole. Generally, it is contended that the secret of the CCP's success by the end of the Sino-Japanese War lays largely in geopolitics and the CCP’s non-revolutionary tactic for mobilizing the peasantry. The main debate has been between those suggesting that the peasantry were mobilized by nationalism and those arguing for the importance of programs of social justice.

Recent research indicates that the CCP in three counties (Wuxian, Licheng and Liaoxian) at the heart of the Taihang Base Area in Southeast Shanxi simultaneously adopted a radical instead of moderate approach during the period from September 1939 to March 1940. Undoubtedly, this interpretation poses a challenge to the more usual explanatory model of CCP success. However, it is less certain what happened elsewhere in the other counties across the CCP base areas in North China. The extent of the significance of these radical events for the whole process of the Sino-Japanese War is also unclear, as well as for their short and long term effect on the evolution of CCP history. These issues are the point of departure for the examination of the Jin-Sui Border Region, towards the west of Shanxi Province, next to the more famous Shan-Gan-Ning (Yan’an) Border Region, headquarters of the CCP at this time, and centering on Yan’an, more usually the name it is known by. The intent is to see what happened in this border region during 1939-40, and the consequences for the development of the CCP and later construction of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Research Interests: History of the Chinese Communist Party, the Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945, Regional and Local History in Modern China.


Pamela Maddock

'The Woman Question': Managing Venereal Disease in the US Army, 1898-1918

As the US army rapidly expanded and took up posts outside the nation’s borders, American commanders, like leaders of armies and navies all over the world, had to address the problems of venereal disease in their geographic and temporal contexts. My research traces the policies and practices aimed at reducing venereal infection in the army in the Philippines, Mexico, and France. Just how authorities approached the issue depended in varying degrees on pressures from civilian reformers who voiced concerns about American male conduct elsewhere, as much as it did on the local context of men and women situated near the US troops. I am interested in the contests over masculinity, the development of public health, and the relationship between feminist moral reformers and the army. More broadly, my research interests include the history of medicine and public health, American imperialism, nineteenth and twentieth century transnational reform organizations.


Jacob Mark

State Experiments. Visions of Australia and New Zealand Democracy in Britain, 1867 1914


Andrew Mason-Jones

American-Australian relations during the Vietnam War


Christopher Maxworthy


Orla McGovern

"Truly that woman lacks much who lacks beauty": A study of the material culture of Renaissance beauty in Italy


Marie McKenzie

"Unintended Consequences: The Second Life of Frank Gardiner. A Transnational Approach to Biography as History


Christian McSweeney-Novak

From Dayton to Allied Force: A Diplomatic History of the 1998-99 Kosovo Crisis


Darren Mitchell

Anzac Rituals - Secular, Modern, Sacred


Greg Murrie

The Spiritual Evolution of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland: Animal Rights, Esotericism and Evolutionary Theory in Late Nineteenth-Century English Thought

My PhD thesis explores the interrelationship between animal rights (as expressed through veg(etari)anism and anti-vivisectionism), esoteric spirituality and evolutionary theory - particularly the concept of “spiritual evolution” – as exemplified in the lives of the nineteenth-century English mystics Anna Kingsford (1846-1888) and Edward Maitland (1824-1897). In their adoption of strands of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, theosophy and spiritualism into a Christian esoteric context, Kingsford and Maitland found a voice for animal rights through its association with the concept of spiritual evolution which posited human progress as dependent on the renunciation of meat and the cessation of exploitation of non-human animals through scientific experimentation. I explore the religious context of Kingsford and Maitland’s thought within an occult tradition linking animal rights with esoteric spirituality that reaches back at least as far as Pythagoras, and the nineteenth-century context of evolutionary science which spawned similar “spiritual” offshoots such as theosophical and spiritualistic concepts of spiritual evolution. The framing argument of my thesis is that in order to establish itself as a “rational,” secular discourse in the 1970s, contemporary animal rights and liberation needed to undergo a process of historical forgetting and rejection of such esoteric roots.

Research Interests: Histories of animal rights, vegetarianism, anti-vivisectionism, science, medicine and religion; historical, critical and literary theory; queer theory/gay and lesbian studies; late 18th to mid 20th century European history, particularly Victorian studies; historical and other Cultural and English Literary Studies; comparative literature; intellectual, social and cultural history; film studies.


Jacqueline Newling

Norfolk Island, the hunger solution?: food and food security during the 'starving' years of New South Wales 1788-1795


Deirdre O'Connell

The World Of Crickett Smith: Trumpeter and Traveller, 1880-1947


Tamsin O'Connor


Matthew Payne

Repentance in the religious thought of William Perkins

William Perkins (1558-1602) was the preeminent English theologian and most successful populariser of religious ideas of his day. He had a lasting influence on Protestantism in England, New England and in Europe, and is widely considered the preeminent foundational figure of 17th century Puritanism. I am attempting a kind of intellectual biographical investigation of Perkins’ life and thought, with a view to understanding his identity, pastoral motives, and theology.

Research Interests: English Puritanism, the English Reformation, Late-Medieval English History & Theology, Early-Modern English History & Theology, early Protestant Scholasticism.


Hollie Pich

Divided Pasts: Racial Violence and Memory in the American South


Rainald Roesch

The Annexation Crisis and its Repercussions on Australian-German Relations)


Harry Sargent

'Valour' and other yardsticks of imperial virtue in Britain (1880 - 1914)

Propagandists for the British Empire attempted to bypass moral objections to imperial wars by engineering and exploiting imperially-useful conceptions of 'virtue'. These yardsticks of 'virtue' were also useful tools for reinforcing imperial hierarchy in peacetime, both at home and abroad.


Robert Skinner

An investigation of the changing ethics and practices of childbirth and their effects on women in Sydney 1903-1945


Darren Smith

Early modern France and the Sublime Porte: a case of premodern orientalism


Morgan Southwick

Eighteenth century Danish West Indies and humanitarianism


Matthew Sullivan

The Conflict Between the Black Liberation Army and The New York Police Department in The 1970s


Anne Thoeming

Biography and Australian Life. Herbert Moran's narrative of one Australian's life from 1885 to 1945

My research is a biographical exploration of Herbert Moran (1885-1945) who was an Australian international footballer, doctor, and supporter of Mussolini. Moran had an Irish-Catholic background and authored numerous medical and personal works. The medical works reflect his interest as well as his contributions to the emerging field of cancer treatment, and were largely informed by his visits to France and America in the early 1920s. These visits enabled him to explore novel cancer treatments, bring this new knowledge back to Australia, and apply it to the treatment of his patients particularly with the use of the radium needles he purchased in America.

Moran’s non-medical written works reveal an intellectual engagement with events shaping Australia, Italy and Great Britain as well as the institutions with which he professionally and privately associated.

Letters and obituaries written about Moran reveal a contested reputational impact. This work explores the background and justification for such contestation, and what it says about individual agency and engagement with the events of this period.


Kathryn Ticehurst

Reading fieldnotes, exploring fieldwork: anthropologists visiting Aboriginal communities in towns and cities, 1940-1965

From the 1940s to the 1960s, several anthropologists in Australia set out to conduct field work in Aboriginal communities in towns and cities. The field notes of anthropologists who visited these communities are rich historical sources for this time period. This thesis examines their field notes to describe and analyse the interactions between anthropologists and the people they met during their field work. These interactions were shaped by the social history of the places they visited, and in turn, shaped the way that anthropologists wrote about Aboriginal people and race relations.

Research interests:I am interested in colonial science and histories of empire in general.


Adrienne Tuart


Luke Tucker

Knowledge, learning and curiosity: the devotion moderna


Gillian Turner

Morality, Conscience and Early Settler Relations: Aboriginal children in European homes, 1788-1820

This research project seeks to explore the Indigenous/colonial domestic sphere and the relationships that developed within them, during the early decades of Australia’s settlement, as a ‘contact zone’. This contact perspective examines cross-cultural imperial and colonial exchanges with a strong focus upon the relations within the home and approaches the subject as constituted by relationships that are defined by co-presence and interaction rather than ‘separateness’. As such, the thesis aims to explore ideologies of morality and conscience and their circulation and transmission through settler-colonial relations within Indigenous-colonial domestic households. Specifically, research will examine the experiences of Aboriginal children who lived within European homes during the early years of Australia’s colonisation in New South Wales. Not only might this provide greater insight into the ways agents of imperialism expanded and solidified the colonial Empire in the late 17th and early 18th centuries but may potentially uncover new information regarding the removal of Aboriginal children, as well as the role that this played in developing cross-cultural relations within the colony.


Benjamin (Ben) Vine

A Monopoly on Revolution: Class, Taxes, & War in Boston, 1776-1789

My research considers the town of Boston in the American Revolution, from 1776 to 1789. Boston's involvement in the pre-Independence period of the conflict with Britain (1763-75) has been thoroughly studied by historians. But little research has been done into the town following the evacuation of the British army in March 1776. On top of the demands of an eight-year war, the town had to be physically rebuilt and its dispersed population return home. My thesis explores how the political, economic, and social conflicts that developed over the next thirteen years revealed differing conceptions of the American Revolution amongst the townspeople. In particular, I want to consider how these disagreements over the meaning of American Independence reflected and exacerbated class conflicts that had been present in the town during the eighteenth-century. As well as contributing to our understanding of the consequences of the American Revolution, my research will add to the work of scholars who are re-conceptualising class in studying eighteenth-century America and the Atlantic World.


Emma Wallhead

If 'I am woman', what is man? Western masculinities 1960-1990

The period from the early 1960s to the late 1980s has been popularly associated with a number of transnational movements that challenged a wide range of social and cultural norms including beliefs about the proper roles of men and women. It was also during this era that masculinity was identified by scholars as a category of historical analysis. Despite the significance of this period to the concept of masculinity, there are relatively few works examining dominant norms of masculinity during the period from a historical perspective. In this project I am researching dominant masculinities in Canada, Britain and Australia during the 1960s – 1980s through the perspective of the women who cared for, lived with, worked with, played with or merely observed men during that time.


Michael Warren


Bruce Watson

Indonesia's 1975 absorption of East Timor: Australia's involvement in the context of its policy of decolonisation and the realpolitik of regional security

In 1975 Indonesia absorbed by military action Portugal’s most distant colony, East Timor. My thesis examines the role played by Australia in Indonesia’s move against Timor and considers how it was that a nation such as Australia which actively promoted concepts of Wilsonian liberal internationalism found itself acquiescing to an act that would see self-determination denied to the inhabitants of a small nation. The thesis draws heavily on archival material in Australia and its Anglosphere partners, the UK and US, as well as from Portugal and considers the balancing act Western nations have taken between promoting abstract concepts while preserving their own security and maintaining regional order. The thesis also examines what has underpinned Australian foreign policy in the relationship with Indonesia from independence onwards and considers whether this relationship has been framed on principles or on the realpolitik of security.


Samuel Webster

Australia's international outlook, from 1968 to 2001


Marama Whyte

Women in Print: a History of Gender and the U.S. Media, 1960-1980

In recognition of the critical role of the media in creating racial and gender inequality, the second half of the twentieth century witnessed concerted campaigns to get more women and people of colour into newspaper boardrooms and newsrooms. Women in Print analyses the struggles that took place in this key time period to alter the media landscape. It is a study of institution building and activism; looking at the organizations created by women journalists and news reporters, their internal politics of class and race, and their varied political strategies. It is also a history of the changing discourses around gender and the media, focusing on how new ways of understanding gendered representations and gender relations, as well as the media itself, have shaped activism around this issue and to what effect.


Shensi Yi

Young Revolutionaries in the Cosmopolitan City: Local Communists of Shanghai, 1921-1927