Clare Corbould specializes in African American history, with a focus on the twentieth century. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney (2005), where she worked as an Associate Lecturer, Lecturer, and Senior Lecturer from 2003 to 2010. There she taught undergraduate and postgraduate units in modern United States history including African American History and Culture, Politics and Cultures of U.S. Imperialism, and American History from Lincoln to Clinton, and contributed to the development of an American Studies major, including its core course, American Foundations. In 2005 she received a Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts. In 2011 she joined Monash University as a Larkins Research Fellow and continuing Senior Lecturer. From 2012-2017 she is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Although she is not teaching at present, she welcomes honours, MA, and PhD students.
In 2009 Clare published Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 (Harvard University Press). The book won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for First Book of History, was shortlisted for two other prizes and named a 2009 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association’s magazine, Choice.
Clare is currently working on two major projects: a book about interviews with ex-slaves conducted in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s; and, with Michael McDonnell and Fitz Brundage, a study of the memory and legacy of the American Revolution among African Americans. A co-edited collection related to the latter topic, Remembering the Revolution, appeared in 2013.
Recently, she has written articles on: the 1977 television miniseries, Roots; a collection of 2,500 letters exchanged between two women (one white, one African American) from 1925 to 1983; the wildly successful mid-twentieth century African American cartoonist, E. Simms Campbell; ideas and relations between African Americans and Indigenous Australians from 1919 to 1948. She is currently also working with Marama Whyte on an article about the Broadway smash, Hamilton, and Hilary Emmett on “The Australian Afterlife of Atlantic Slavery,” and, finally, with Charlotte Greenhalgh and Jon Lawrence on social science interviewing in the mid-twentieth century.
Clare’s research has been supported by a Future Fellowship and Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council; the American Philosophical Society; the Beinecke Library at Yale University; the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; the Australian Academy of the Humanities; and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Clare tweets @clarecorbould.