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NSW Premier’s History Awards 2018 Judges
NSW Premier's History Awards 2018 Judges
Scientia Professor Louise Edwards (Senior Judge)
Louise Edwards is Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of NSW where she teaches on the history, society and culture of Asia and China. Her recent books include: Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China (Cambridge UP 2016) and Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford UP 2008), and she is on the editorial board for several international journals and book series. Louise is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities and is immediate Past President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Adjunct Professor Paul Ashton
Paul Ashton is Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, the University of Canberra and the University of Technology Sydney where, in 1999, he co-established the Australian Centre for Public History. Co-editor and founder of the journal Public History Review (1992-), he has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited over thirty books including The Accidental City: Planning Sydney Since 1788 (Hale & Iremonger 1995), Public History and Heritage Today (co-edited with Hilda Kean; Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2008) and Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past (co-edited with Anna Clark and Robert Crawford; Australian Scholarly, 2016). Paul is Chair of the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney and a past President of the Professional Historians Association of NSW Inc.
Dr Melissa Bellanta
Dr Melissa Bellanta is a senior lecturer in Australian History at the National School of Arts, Australian Catholic University. Her book Larrikins: A History won the Ernest Scott Prize for best book on Australian, New Zealand or colonial history in 2013. Her new book Tender Feeling in a Hard Country:Masculinity and Sentiment in Australian History will be out in late 2018. She also publishes widely in edited collections and history journals at both an international and national level, and has been awarded numerous other fellowships and prizes for her work.
Professor Frank Bongiorno
Frank Bongiorno is Professor of History at the Australian National University, and has previously taught at Griffith University, the University of New England and King’s College London. He was Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge in 1997-98. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Frank is the author of several books and many other works of Australian history, including The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015). He has served as chair of the Literature and History Committee of the NSW Ministry of the Arts, and as a member of the Management Committee of the History Council of NSW. He has also co-edited History Australia, the Australian Historical Association’s journal, and is currently President of Honest History.
Professor James Curran
James Curran is Professor of Modern History at Sydney University, where he specialises in Australian and American foreign relations. In 2013 he held the Keith Cameron Chair at University College Dublin, and in 2010 was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University. Prior to joining academia, Curran worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of National Assessments. A non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, he is also a regular commentator on radio and television, and his opinion pieces on foreign affairs and political culture have appeared in major Australian newspapers as well as the Lowy Interpreter, China-US Focus, the East Asia Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations ‘Asia Unbound’ series.
Associate Professor Tanya Evans
Associate Professor Tanya Evans is Director of the Centre for Applied History at Macquarie University where she teaches Australian history and public history in the Department of Modern History. Her books include the prize-winning Fractured Families: Life On The Margins in Colonial New South Wales (New South, 2015); Swimming with the Spit, 100 Years of the Spit Amateur Swimming Club (New South, 2016); with Pat Thane, Sinners, Scroungers, Saints: Unmarried Motherhood in Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2012) and 'Unfortunate Objects': Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). She also curates exhibitions and works as a consultant for television production companies making historical documentaries. She is currently finishing a book for the National Library of Australia on the history of motherhood in Australia while comparing the practice and meanings of family history in Australia, England and Canada.
Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, written 33 books and edited seven. His most recent book, Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot That Changed Cricket (Penguin, 2016) was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's History Award in 2017. He now works for The Australian and The Times, and lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.
Associate Professor Julia Martinez
Julia Martínez writes on migration history in transcolonial contexts including Asia and Australia. Her recent articles include studies of Indian servants in Northern Australia (Australian Historical Studies 2017) and Chinese workers in French Congo (ILWCH 2017). Her monograph with Adrian Vickers, The Pearl Frontier (University of Hawaii Press, 2015) won the University of Southern Queensland History Book Award (2016), the NT History Book Prize (2016), and was shortlisted for the 2016 AHA Ernest Scott Prize. Her next book Colonialism and Male Domestic Service (with Lowrie, Steel & Haskins) is due out in 2018. She was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2013-2017) and will take up a new 2018 ARC Discovery Grant (with Claire Lowrie and Gregor Benton) to explore the abolition of Chinese indentured labour after 1919. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong.