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Social, Cultural and Political Change



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Professor Murray Goot

BA (Hons) (Syd), FASSA
Coordinator Social Political and Cultural Change CORE

Murray is a political scientist whose research focuses on the history of public opinion, from Mass-Observation to the Internet; the uses of survey research and focus groups in political campaigns and public policy making; and the nature of public opinion as reported by the media and refracted through the polls.

Current projects include: a study of electioneering in Australia, from the 19th century to the 21st (with Sean Scalmer, University of Melbourne), funded by the ARC; a history of the polls, the press and Australian politics, funded by the ARC; and a study of public opinion, political rhetoric and public policy in relation to Australia's involvement in the war in Iraq, funded by Macquarie University and the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney.

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Dr Michelle Arrow

BA (Hons), PhD (Syd)

Michelle is a cultural historian whose research focuses on the intersections between history and popular culture. She has written extensively on the history of Australian popular culture and the representation of history in popular culture, especially on television.

Michelle's most recent book, Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture since 1945 (2009) was shortlisted for the 2010 NSW Premier's Australian History Prize, and she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for her teaching in 2010. Since 2008, she has served as one of the five members of the advisory panel for the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History. Michelle is a founding editor of the Journal of Popular Television and exhibition reviews editor of History Australia.

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Professor David Christian

DPhil (Oxf), FAHA

David trained as a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s he has been interested in world history on very large scales. He is a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities), Affiliates Chair for the World History Association, and an editorial board member for of the Journal of Global History and the Cambridge History of the World.

In 2008, he was appointed James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, and a Research Fellow at Ewha Women's University in Seoul.

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A/Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley

BA, PhD (Mac)

Bridget is the Director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, a board member of Media International Australia and Media History, and an editorial adviser and media columnist for the Australian Book Review. She has recently published the first major history of commercial radio in Australia, Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio (2009), and is now working on A Companion to the Australian Media.

She has a particular interest in 20th-century Australian social and political history.

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Dr Rebecca Jennings

BA (Hons), MA (Man), PhD (Man)




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Professor Stephanie Lawson

DipTeach, BA, PhD (NE)

Stephanie's research interests span political theory, area studies and international politics. Her focus is on culture, ethnicity, nationalism, and democracy. She has particular expertise in the politics of Pacific Island states but has also written on Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

Stephanie is on several editorial boards including the Australian Journal of Political Science, and the European Journal of International Relations. She is Regional Editor (Western Europe) of Global Change, Peace and Security, and is on the International Advisory Board of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and Nations and Nationalism.

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A/Professor Robert Reynolds

BA, PhD (Melb), MCoun (UWS)

Robert researches post-WWII Australian history with a focus on identity politics and sexuality. Recently he has moved into oral history, using this method to understand how individuals are shaped by history - as well as the way in which they shape it.

He is fascinated by the historical construction of the self, and has taken this interest into his other (part-time) life as a psychotherapist.

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Professor Mary Spongberg

BA (Hons), PhD (Syd)

Mary is a cultural historian who works primarily on the history of women's historical writing, the history of the body and sexuality, and the history of feminism in Europe and Australia.

She is editor of Australian Feminist Studies and principal editor of the Companion to Women's Historical Writing. She has held fellowships at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney.

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Hsu-Ming Teo

BA (Hons), PhD (Syd)




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