Emerging Historians – Dr Pete Minard

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Dr Pete Minard – AHA member since 2017

I am Pete Minard, a thirty-seven year old underemployed environmental historian. I was the first in my family to attend university and never really dreamed as a kid that academia would be an option for me. I completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne in late 2014. Ever since graduating I have been busy tutoring, founding a public history business and completing endless academic and non-academic job applications. I have recently been appointed an honorary fellow at La Trobe University’s Centre for the Study of the Inland.  Research and writing is a luxury completed in my free time.  This is my contribution to the emerging historian series. Continue reading

Q&A with Ann McGrath

Ann McGrath, Professor of History and Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University, is the subject of our June Q&A Series. In this inspiring interview, she discusses why she writes history and who she writes it for, reflects on the changes she has observed in Australian history over her career and reminds us that historians can be activists. She also calls on ECRs to research topics that are meaningful and important now and to embrace new trends in media that allow historians to tell stories about the past in new and exciting ways.

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Emerging Historians – Dr Laura Rademaker

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I completed my PhD at the School of History at ANU in 2014 and have been a postdoctoral research fellow at Australian Catholic University since 2015 in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.
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Emerging Historians – Dr Effie Karageorgos

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Dr Effie Karageorgos – AHA member since 2012

I completed my PhD in 2013 at Flinders University, which focussed on Australian soldiers’ letters and diaries during the South African and Vietnam Wars. While I was still a postgraduate, I taught casually in the Department of History and served as Associate Lecturer at the Student Learning Centre at Flinders University, and after my move from Adelaide to Melbourne, I have continued to teach both history and academic skills. I currently teach at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University, and have done so since 2012. Continue reading

Emerging Historians – Dr Jayne Persian

Dr Jayne Persian, an early career researcher and longstanding member of the AHA, kicks off our brand new series which features emerging historians. We hope it will provide ECRs with an opportunity to share their research, the trials and triumphs of ECR life and their passion for all things history. If you are an ECR (within five years of completion of your PhD) and a member of the AHA and would like to contribute to this series we would love to hear from you!


Dr Jayne Persian – AHA member since 2006

I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in 2011 and continued working as the part-time Executive Officer for the Australian Historical Association while sessional teaching at various universities in Sydney. I then took up a generous offer to work as a Research Associate with Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick on her ARC Discovery Project:  War and Displacement: The Road from the Soviet Union to Australia in the Wake of the Second World War. In 2016 I obtained my first full-time, continuing position as a history lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. Continue reading

Q&A with Andrekos Varnava

In this month’s Q&A Andrekos Varnava, Associate Professor at Flinders University, shares with us how he became an historian by way of a dalliance with science, the thrill he gets from researching and writing history, and his passion for Cyprus and all things tennis. He discusses how he writes history, giving some great tips for Early Career Researchers and encouraging us all to develop a strong publication record and seek experience overseas.

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Q&A with Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley is a professor at the University of New South Wales Canberra and has worked in some of Australia’s major public history institutions as well as in academia. Here he shares with us his over three decades of experience, discussing the collegiality of working as a public historian and the necessary isolation of being an academic. He reminds us that mentors must encourage and impart confidence in mentees, that good writing should be vigorous, and that historians have a responsibility to become involved in public debate.

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