Professor Alistair Thomson

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.