Professor James Curran

BA PhD Sydney
Professor, Department of History

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2988
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Biographical details

James Curran specialises in the history of Australian and American foreign relations. In 2013 he held the Keith Cameron Chair at University College Dublin, and in 2010 was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University. Prior to joining academia, Curran worked in The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of National Assessments. A non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, he is also a regular commentator on radio and television, and his opinion pieces on foreign affairs and political culture have appeared in major Australian newspapers as well as the Lowy Interpreter, China-US Focus, the East Asia Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations ‘Asia Unbound’ series.

Teaching and supervision

Current research students

Project title Research student
An Anzac Inheritance: Australia's Second World War Correspondents and the Evolution of a Legend Daniel SEATON

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

Radio interview on Between the Lines, ABC Radio National30 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, how strong is Australia's relationship with China?(6 June 2019)

Radio interview on 2CC Canberra (4 March 2019)

ABC television documentary series The Crown and Us (March 2019)

ABC Radio National interview Our obsession with the Angloshpere and Trump's 'American Mission'(9 July 2018)

ABC Radio national interview How 'America First' might affect Australia(7 July 2018)

ABC Radio Sydney interview on the historical relationship between the U.S.A and Australia (29 June 2018)

Sky News television interview Kim Jong Un motivated by ‘serious sanctions relief(27 May 2018)

Sky News television interview China, US rhetoric 'increasing chances' of trade war(14 May 2018)

Sky News television interview on the actions towards Syria and the Trans Pacific Partnership by the U.S.A (16 April 2018)

Sky News television interview on the U.S.A imposing additional tariffs on Chinese goods (9 April 2018)

Opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review on the Prime Minister's visit to the U.S.A (19 February 2018)

Sky News television interview on gun laws in the U.S.A (15 February 2018)

Sky News television interview on President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address (5 February 2018)

Radio interview on US National Public Radio (NPR) Australia's Loyalties Are Shifting From The U.S. To China(2 June 2017)

Radio interview on ABC PM Turnbull and Trump to meet in person for the first time(1 May 2017)

Radio interview on ABC Radio National Difficult moments in the history of the 'special relationship'(5 February 2017)

ABC 7.30 Report television interview Donald Trump tests Australia-US alliance like never before(3 February 2017)

Radio interview on ABC PM History professor says Trump Administration has 'no time' for old ways of diplomacy(2 February 2017)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Curran, J. (2016). Fighting with America: Why saying no to the US wouldn't rupture the alliance. Sydney: Penguin Specials.
  • Curran, J. (2015). Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2011). Curtin's Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • 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

  • Broinowski, A., Curran, J. (2014). The US Alliance. In Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr, Anthony J Langlois (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates, (pp. 118-133). Melbourne: 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. (2019). China Syndrome. The National Interest, 2019 (159).
  • Curran, J. (2017). Mugged by Sentiment: Revamping the US alliance and surviving the forty-fifth president. Australian Foreign Affairs, October 2017(1).
  • Curran, J. (2015). Beyond the Euphoria: Lyndon Johnson in Australia and the Politics of the Cold War Alliance. Journal of Cold War Studies, 17(1), 64-96. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2010). L'Australie, le Japon et l'heritage de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Vingtieme Siecle - Revue d'histoire, 107, 115-129. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Curran, J. (2019). Australia's increasingly complex role in Asia. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). Australia's last Cold War prime minister. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). Can a publishing house divided stand? The Sydney Morning Herald. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). How did Labor manage to forget about aspiration? Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). Ruled by Britannia (book review). The Australian.
  • Curran, J. (2018). All shot and no powder in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. East Asia Forum. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Australia cannot afford to be distracted by the cold war talk. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Australia is navigating a diplomatic course between China and the US. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Australia's revolving-door politics a serious drag on Asia strategy. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Clash of ideologies feeds into the rivalry between the two power. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Fighting the Fog of War (book review). The Australian.
  • Curran, J. (2018). Is Trump the end of the line for American exceptionalism? Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). No Mattis miracles at Shangri-La as allies urged to keep the faith. East Asia Forum. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Not the war to end all wars but death's birthing place. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). An unprecedented president: world awaits Donald Trump. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Australia contemplates America's shifting role in Asia. War on the Rocks. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Australia needs to adapt to the new circumstances of Trump's America. The Guardian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Donald Trump's focus on home front hardly a surprise. The Sydney Morning Herald. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Fear of Abandonment (book review). The Australian.
  • Curran, J. (2017). Opinion: Malcolm Turnbull's ANZUS offer on North Korea was premature. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). The case for recasting Australia's relationship with the US. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). The choice between sentiment and reality in US-Australia ties. East Asia Forum. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Trump exhumes the diplomatic carcass of the Security Quad. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Trump-Turnbull Meeting: The Danger of Australian Complacency. China US Focus. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). US self-belief tested by tardy return to being great again. The Australian. [More Information]

Report

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).

Other

  • Curran, J. (2019), How Morrison Won and What His Win Means for the US-Australia Alliance. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018), Harry Harris and the ambassadorial absence. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018), Julie Bishop: buffeted by headwinds. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), Cracks in the U.S.-Australia Relationship. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), Fighting with America: Facing up to the unpredictable.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Foreign Policy White Paper sees a new Asia but pleads for the old. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), India and Australia Eye the World According to Trump. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), Joe Hockey and the limits of mateship.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Rhetorical arthritis won't sell an Australian republic.
  • Curran, J. (2017), The allure of orthodoxy and the peril of sentimentality.
  • Curran, J. (2017), The Trump/Turnbull transcript: the PM's parting gift.
  • Curran, J. (2017), When will Australia acknowledge a changed America?.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Where India fits in an activist Australian foreign policy.

2019

  • Curran, J. (2019). Australia's increasingly complex role in Asia. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). Australia's last Cold War prime minister. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). Can a publishing house divided stand? The Sydney Morning Herald. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). China Syndrome. The National Interest, 2019 (159).
  • Curran, J. (2019). How did Labor manage to forget about aspiration? Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019), How Morrison Won and What His Win Means for the US-Australia Alliance. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2019). Ruled by Britannia (book review). The Australian.

2018

  • Curran, J. (2018). All shot and no powder in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. East Asia Forum. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). AMERICANISM, NOT GLOBALISM: PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE AMERICAN MISSION. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Australia cannot afford to be distracted by the cold war talk. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Australia is navigating a diplomatic course between China and the US. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Australia's revolving-door politics a serious drag on Asia strategy. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Clash of ideologies feeds into the rivalry between the two power. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Fighting the Fog of War (book review). The Australian.
  • Curran, J. (2018), Harry Harris and the ambassadorial absence. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Is Trump the end of the line for American exceptionalism? Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018), Julie Bishop: buffeted by headwinds. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). No Mattis miracles at Shangri-La as allies urged to keep the faith. East Asia Forum. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2018). Not the war to end all wars but death's birthing place. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]

2017

  • Curran, J. (2017). An unprecedented president: world awaits Donald Trump. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Australia contemplates America's shifting role in Asia. War on the Rocks. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Australia needs to adapt to the new circumstances of Trump's America. The Guardian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), Cracks in the U.S.-Australia Relationship. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Donald Trump's focus on home front hardly a surprise. The Sydney Morning Herald. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Fear of Abandonment (book review). The Australian.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Fighting with America: Facing up to the unpredictable.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Foreign Policy White Paper sees a new Asia but pleads for the old. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), India and Australia Eye the World According to Trump. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), Joe Hockey and the limits of mateship.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations.
  • Curran, J. (2017). Mugged by Sentiment: Revamping the US alliance and surviving the forty-fifth president. Australian Foreign Affairs, October 2017(1).
  • Curran, J. (2017). Opinion: Malcolm Turnbull's ANZUS offer on North Korea was premature. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), Rhetorical arthritis won't sell an Australian republic.
  • Curran, J. (2017), The allure of orthodoxy and the peril of sentimentality.
  • Curran, J. (2017). The case for recasting Australia's relationship with the US. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). The choice between sentiment and reality in US-Australia ties. East Asia Forum. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). The Prime Ministers in America. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), The Trump/Turnbull transcript: the PM's parting gift.
  • Curran, J. (2017). Trump exhumes the diplomatic carcass of the Security Quad. Australian Financial Review. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). Trump-Turnbull Meeting: The Danger of Australian Complacency. China US Focus. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017). US self-belief tested by tardy return to being great again. The Australian. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2017), When will Australia acknowledge a changed America?.
  • Curran, J. (2017), Where India fits in an activist Australian foreign policy.

2016

  • Curran, J. (2016). Fighting with America: Why saying no to the US wouldn't rupture the alliance. Sydney: Penguin Specials.

2015

  • Curran, J. (2015). Beyond the Euphoria: Lyndon Johnson in Australia and the Politics of the Cold War Alliance. Journal of Cold War Studies, 17(1), 64-96. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2015). Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

2014

  • Curran, J. (2014). The Dilemmas of Divergence: The Crisis in American-Australian Relations, 1972-1975. Diplomatic History, 38(2), 377-408. [More Information]
  • Broinowski, A., Curran, J. (2014). The US Alliance. In Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr, Anthony J Langlois (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates, (pp. 118-133). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

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. [More Information]
  • 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). Curtin's Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2010

  • Curran, J. (2010). L'Australie, le Japon et l'heritage de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Vingtieme Siecle - Revue d'histoire, 107, 115-129. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

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. [More Information]

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