Professor Jenny Hocking

  • Professor Jenny Hocking is Research Professor and ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a well-known biographer and script-writer and a highly regarded scholar and commentator on Australian politics and history, political biography, counter-terrorism and security matters. 

    Gough Whitlam: His Time, the much-anticipated second volume of Professor Hocking’s two-volume biography of the former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam was published in 2012  by Melbourne University Publishing and has been short-listed in several national literary awards including the National Biography Award, Queensland Literary Awards and for the Australian History Prize in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The first volume, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2008 and was also short-listed in several national literary awards including the  Margarey Medal for Biography, The Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

    Gough Whitlam  

    Gough Whitlam

    Gough Whitlam

  • Professor Jenny Hocking will speak at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra at their regular ‘Speakers’ Corner’ event on Sunday 16 February about her latest book, the second volume in her two-volume biography of the former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: His Time. Hidden history of the Whitlam government’s dismissal: unmasking the ‘third man’   Award-winning ... Read more
  • Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP 2012), the second volume of Professor Jenny Hocking’s two-volume biography of the former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards, one of 5 books shortlisted for the University of Queensland Non-Fiction Award. Details of the short-lists and the judges comments can be found at: http://www.queenslandliteraryawards.com/2013-shortlists.html   “This definitive biography ... Read more
  • Professor Jenny Hocking’s latest book, Gough Whitlam: His Time, was shortlisted for the National Biography Award. Professor Peter Fitzpatrick won the award for his double biography, The Two Frank Thrings  published by Monash University Publishing. Read More... Read more
  • Professor Jenny Hocking’s latest book, Gough Whitlam: His Time has been shortlisted for the Australian History Prize in the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. This is the final volume in her acclaimed two-volume biography of the former prime minister. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Tony Burke made the announcement. Read More... Read more
  • ‘Now it’s Abbott with questions to answer…’ Professor Jenny Hocking’s recent opinion piece for The Drum analyses the use of parliamentary Question Time by the Opposition to air claims about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s work as a lawyer 20 years ago. Read More... Read more
  • The second volume of Professor Hocking’s definitive biography of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam draws on never-before-seen archival material and extensive original interviews to throw new light on a tumultuous period in Australian history. Gough Whitlam: His Time (Melbourne University Publishing/ Miegunyah Press, 2012) follows the acclaimed first volume published in 2008/09. Read More... Read more