PROFESSOR JENNY HOCKING FASSA is Research Professor and Australian Research Council DORA Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and in 2014 was appointed the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University. Professor Hocking is an award winning author and a regular commentator on Australian politics and history, political biography and counter-terrorism. Professor Hocking is the author of several books including The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know About November 1975 (MUP 2015), Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP 2012), Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (MUP 2008), Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life (2005) and Lionel Murphy: a Political Biography (CUP. 1997).
Professor Hocking is a member of the Executive Board of the International Australian Studies Association, a member of the Professorial Advisory Committee of the Journal of Australian Studies, and a long-standing Trustee of the Lionel Murphy Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation awarding national and international postgraduate scholarships.
Gough Whitlam: His Time was winner of the 2014 Barbara Ramsden Award in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Awards and was shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australian History Prize), the National Biography Award, the Queensland Literary Awards and long-listed in the 2013 NiB Waverley Awards for Literature. Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History was shortlisted for the 2009 Magarey Medal for Biography, the Queensland Premier’s Awards, The Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and long-listed in the 2009 Walkley Awards.
Professor Hocking is currently working on an ARC Discovery Grant project, From Sarah Wills Howe to Thomas Wentworth Wills: An Australian Family Biography, a biographical study of the Wills family a significant yet overlooked colonial family. From the economic success of its matriarch Sarah Wills, who arrived in Sydney in 1798 with her convict husband Edward Wills, to the tragic decline and suicide of her grandson, the sublimely gifted sportsman Tom Wills, the project will bring a new perspective to these early years of colonial settlement.
- On Friday 20 May, Jenny Hocking will join David Marr and authors Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly on a panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. ... Read more
- In the upcoming edition of Meanjin, Jenny Hocking and Nell Reidy discuss the Indigenous influence in the origins of our national game – Australian Rules ... Read more