Paul is a political historian who specialises in Australian political history. He has twice been convenor of the Politics and International Relations program during 2013-16 and 2007-08.
Paul has authored and edited eleven 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.
Most recently, he has jointly authored (with Paul ‘t Hart and James Walter) a two-volume history of the Australian prime ministership: Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (The Miegunyah Press, 2016) and The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016 (The Miegunyah Press, 2017).
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 for several years has had a regular segment on ABC radio 774 Melbourne’s evening program.
Paul delivered two significant public lectures recently. The first was the September 2016 Senate Occasional Lecture where he spoke about the early development of the Australian prime ministership
The second was part of the Parliament of Victoria’s May 2017 ‘Something Borrowed’ Exhibition where Paul spoke about the significance of Melbourne hosting the Commonwealth Parliament between 1901 and 1927