Professor James Curran

BA PhD Sydney
Professor, Department of History

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2988
Fax +61 2 9351 3918

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Biographical details

James Curran specialises in the history of 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.

Teaching and supervision

Current research students

Project title Research student
Histories of West Papuan resistance and resilience Emma KLUGE

Awards and honours

Prizes

Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards adn the NSW Premier's History Prize:

  • Curran, J. (2004).The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Australian History Prize 2011:

  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2010).The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Curran, J. (2016). Fighting with America: Why saying no to the US wouldn't rupture the alliance. Sydney: Penguin Specials.
  • Curran, J. (2015). Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2011). Curtin's Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2010). The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2004). The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Edited Books

  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2013). Australia and the Wider World: Selected Essays of Neville Meaney. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Broinowski, A., Curran, J. (2014). The US Alliance. In Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr, Anthony J Langlois (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates, (pp. 118-133). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2013). Republican Reset: The Lessons of History and a Way Ahead. In Benjamin T Jones and Mark McKenna (Eds.), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia, (pp. 141-154). Melbourne: Black Inc.
  • Curran, J. (2012). 'The World Changes': Australia's China Policy in the Wake of Empire. In James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan (Eds.), Australia and China at 40, (pp. 22-43). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Curran, J. (2010). The 'New Line in the Strand': John Armstrong and the 'New Nationalism'. In Carl Bridge, Frank Bongiorno and David Lee (Eds.), The High Commissioners: Australias Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010, (pp. 164-181). Barton: WHH Publishing.

Journals

  • Curran, J. (2015). Beyond the Euphoria: Lyndon Johnson in Australia and the Politics of the Cold War Alliance. Journal of Cold War Studies, 17(1), 64-96. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2014). The Dilemmas of Divergence: The Crisis in American-Australian Relations, 1972-1975. Diplomatic History, 38(2), 377-408. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2013). Australia at empire's end: Approaches and arguments. History Australia, 10(3), 23-35. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2010). L'Australie, le Japon et l'heritage de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Vingtieme Siecle - Revue d'histoire, 107, 115-129. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2009). 'An Organic Part of the Whole Structure': John Curtin's Empire. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 37(1), 51-75. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2008). 'Australia Should Be There': Expo '67 and the Search for a New National Image. Australian Historical Studies, 39(1), 72-90. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2002). The "Thin Dividing Line": Prime Ministers and the Problem of Australian Nationalism, 1972-1996. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 48(4), 469-486.

Reference Works

  • Curran, J. (2007). Australia-Britain. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. (Vol. 1, pp. 66-69).

2016

  • Curran, J. (2016). Fighting with America: Why saying no to the US wouldn't rupture the alliance. Sydney: Penguin Specials.

2015

  • Curran, J. (2015). Beyond the Euphoria: Lyndon Johnson in Australia and the Politics of the Cold War Alliance. Journal of Cold War Studies, 17(1), 64-96. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2015). Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

2014

  • Curran, J. (2014). The Dilemmas of Divergence: The Crisis in American-Australian Relations, 1972-1975. Diplomatic History, 38(2), 377-408. [More Information]
  • Broinowski, A., Curran, J. (2014). The US Alliance. In Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr, Anthony J Langlois (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates, (pp. 118-133). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

2013

  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2013). Australia and the Wider World: Selected Essays of Neville Meaney. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Curran, J. (2013). Australia at empire's end: Approaches and arguments. History Australia, 10(3), 23-35. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2013). Republican Reset: The Lessons of History and a Way Ahead. In Benjamin T Jones and Mark McKenna (Eds.), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia, (pp. 141-154). Melbourne: Black Inc.

2012

  • Curran, J. (2012). 'The World Changes': Australia's China Policy in the Wake of Empire. In James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan (Eds.), Australia and China at 40, (pp. 22-43). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2011

  • Curran, J. (2011). Curtin's Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2010

  • Curran, J. (2010). L'Australie, le Japon et l'heritage de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Vingtieme Siecle - Revue d'histoire, 107, 115-129. [More Information]
  • Curran, J. (2010). The 'New Line in the Strand': John Armstrong and the 'New Nationalism'. In Carl Bridge, Frank Bongiorno and David Lee (Eds.), The High Commissioners: Australias Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010, (pp. 164-181). Barton: WHH Publishing.
  • Curran, J., Ward, S. (2010). The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

2009

  • Curran, J. (2009). 'An Organic Part of the Whole Structure': John Curtin's Empire. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 37(1), 51-75. [More Information]

2008

  • Curran, J. (2008). 'Australia Should Be There': Expo '67 and the Search for a New National Image. Australian Historical Studies, 39(1), 72-90. [More Information]

2007

  • Curran, J. (2007). Australia-Britain. In Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. (Vol. 1, pp. 66-69).

2004

  • Curran, J. (2004). The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

2002

  • Curran, J. (2002). The "Thin Dividing Line": Prime Ministers and the Problem of Australian Nationalism, 1972-1996. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 48(4), 469-486.

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