School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Professor of History
My research and teaching explores the ways in which different kinds of life story evidence can illuminate the past and its meanings in the present lives of individuals and society. My books (listed below) have explored the histories and memories of war veterans, migrants, adult learners and post-WW2 families, in Britain and Australia. As an internationally renowned oral historian, I write about the theory and method of oral history and life history research, including research involving recorded and written memory, diaries and letters, and family photographs. My current work explores the opportunities and challenges of digital (oral) history, and the history of fatherhood in 20th century Australia.
- The latest theme issue of Australian Historical Studies (AHS), edited by Katie Holmes and Alistair Thomson, features seven articles by members of the Australian Generations ... Read more
- Rob Perks and I have just published the new, third edition of The Oral History Reader, a comprehensive, international anthology combining major, ‘classic’ articles with ... Read more
- Watch the remarkable video histories produced by Monash students on our Making Histories course… Making Histories is a Monash collaboration with Museum Victoria (MV). On the ... Read more
- In June 2014 I delivered a public lecture about the Australian generations oral history project at the State Library of Queensland. A webcast of my talk is ... Read more
- My book Moving Stories: an intimate history of four women across two countries (UNSW Press) has just been short-listed for ‘The Community Relations Commission for ... Read more