Paul was appointed as a lecturer at Monash University in 2002 and was initially located in the National Centre for Australian Studies before transferring to Politics and International Relations in 2005. He has been convenor of the Politics and International Relations program since 2012 and previously held that role in 2007-08.
Paul has authored and edited ten books. These include his acclaimed biography of Jim Cairns, Keeper of the Faith: A Biography of Jim Cairns (Melbourne University Press, 2002) and Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria, 1856-1956 (Melbourne University Publishing, 2012). The latter was awarded the Australian Political Study Association’s Henry Mayer Prize for the Best Book on Australian Politics for 2012-13 and won the History Publication Prize at the 2012 Victorian Community History Awards.
Paul is the long-time co-ordinator of the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program (ATS3836) and his other teaching includes ATS3903 Leaders, Power and Politics.
He has been a prolific commentator on Australian politics in the print and electronic media, including contributing many op/ed pieces to the Melbourne Age and having a regular segment on ABC radio 774 Melbourne’s evening program.
Examples of his recent political commentary are linked below:
Paul’s primary research area is Australian political history, with a particular emphasis on political leadership, both prime ministers and premiers, political parties, political biography, and Victorian politics.
His current major project (with Professors Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter) is a history of the Australian prime ministership. The first volume of the history, Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (The Miegunyah Press) was published in 2016 and the second volume is scheduled for release in 2017.
- Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership From Federation to Reconstruction, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2016 [with Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter].
- Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2013 [edited with Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter].
- Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria, 1856-1956, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, 2012.
- Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, 2009 [edited with Nick Dyrenfurth].
- No, Prime Minister: Reclaiming Politics from leaders, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2007 [with James Walter].
- The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006 [edited with Brian Costar].
- The Great Labor Schism: A Retrospective, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2005 [edited with Brian Costar and Peter Love].
- Keeper of the Faith: A Biography of Jim Cairns, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2002.
- No Toxic Dump! A triumph for grassroots democracy and environmental justice, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2001.
- Arguing the Cold War, Red Rag Publications (an imprint of Overland) [edited with Peter Love].
Recent Book Chapters and Journal Articles
- ‘The Ancestry of the Australian Prime Ministership: “the blue ribbon of the highest ambition”’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 61, No. 1, 2015.
- ‘Leadership of Reforming Governments: The Role of Political Tandems’ in D. Alexander and J. Lewis (eds), Making Public Policy: Expertise, Skills and Experience, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 2015 [with Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter]
- ‘The Leadership Contest’ in C. Johnson and J. Wanna (eds), Abbott’s Gambit: The 2013 Australian Federation Election, ANU Press, Canberra, ACT, 2015 [with James Walter].
- ‘Instability, 1966-82’ in A. Bashford and S. Macintyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013.
- ‘Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Australian Experience’ in P. Strangio, P. ‘t Hart and J. Walter (eds), Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2013.
- ‘Prime ministers and the performance of public leadership’ in P. Strangio, P. ‘t Hart and J. Walter (eds), Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2013 [with Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter].
- ‘Prime Ministerial Government in Australia’ in R. Smith, A. Vromen and I. Cook (eds), Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, Vic, 2012.
- ‘The evolution of prime ministerial afterlives in Australia’ in K. Theakston and J. de Vries (eds), Former Leaders in Modern Democracies: Political Sunsets, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2012.
- ‘“The tideless pond that seemed waiting for me”: the afterlife of Australian Prime Ministers’, in P. ‘t Hart and J. Uhr (eds), How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2011.
- ATS3903 Leaders, Politics and Power
- ATS3836 Victorian Parliamentary Internship
Paul’s current and recent postgraduate students have included those undertaking research on:
- The Rudd and Gillard Labor Government’s Climate Change Policy
- The role of energy diplomacy in the relationship between Australia and East Timor
- An analysis of the influence of constitutional factors on the outcome of the American Civil War
- The Populist leadership of Jack Lang and Huey Long