Clare Corbould’s work examines slavery and its many legacies. Her area of speciality is African American history, with a growing interest in unfree labour and its aftermath in Australia. Clare is currently working on a book about interviews in the United States with elderly men and women who had been enslaved as children, which took place in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. With Michael McDonnell, she is also writing about 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.
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.
Recently, she has written articles about 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; artists’ model Maurice Hunter; and ideas and relations between African Americans and Indigenous Australians in the first half of the twentieth century. She is currently also working with Marama Whyte on an article about the Broadway smash, Hamilton, with 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.
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.
Contact: clare dot corbould at monash dot edu
Clare tweets @clarecorbould.