Professor Ann Curthoys

BA (hons) (Sydney), DipEd (Sydney Teachers College), PhD (Macquarie)

Elected: 1997
Discipline: History   (Panel C)

Specialisation: Australia, history, Indigenous, gender, nation, historiography

Professor Ann Curthoys works in the fields of Australian history, and history and writing.  Her current research fields include:

  • Indigenous People, the British Empire, and Self-government for the Australian colonies
  • Paul Robeson's visit to Australia, 1960
  • History as writing

Key appointments

I am an Honorary Professor at the University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney



  • 2013 (with Jessie Mitchell) “The Advent of Self-Government”, in Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia, volume 1, CUP.

  • 2013 (with Jeremy Martens), “Serious Collisions: Settlers, Indigenous People, and Imperial Policy in Western Australia and Natal”, Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol. xx, pp. 123-46.

  • 2013  “From Freedom Ride to Tent Embassy”, in Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap, Edwina Howell (eds), The Aboriginal Tent Embassy: Sovereignty, Black Power, Land Rights and the State, Routledge.

  • 2013 “Making Feminist Histories”, in Anna Clark and Paul Ashton (eds), Australian History Now, New South Publishing.

  • 2013 (with John Docker) “The Boundaries of History and Fiction”, in Nancy Partner and Sarah Foot (eds), The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory, Sage, pp. 202-220.

  • 2012 “Beyond National History: Returning Humanity to the Humanities”, in Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane (eds), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life since 1968, University of Western Australia Press, 2012.

  • 2012 “Taking Liberty: Towards a new political historiography of settler self-government and Indigenous activism”, for Kate Fullagar, ed., The Atlantic World in a Pacific Field: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge Scholars Press), 237-55.

  • 2012 “Memory, History, and Ego-Histoire: Narrating and Re-enacting the Australian Freedom Ride”, Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, volume 38, no. 2, pp. 25-45.

  • 2011 “Crossing Over: academic and popular history”, The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 1, issue 1, February 2011, pp. 7- 18.

  • 2011 “Harry Potter and Historical Consciousness: Reflections on History and Fiction”, History Australia, vol. 8, no. 1, April 2011, pp. 7-22.

  • 2011 (with Jessie Mitchell) “’Bring this Paper to the good Governor’:  Aboriginal Petitioning in Britain’s Australian Colonies”, in Saliha Belmessous, ed., Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire 1500-1920 (Oxford University Press, New York), pp. 182-203.

  • 2010 “Paul Robeson’s visit to Australia and Aboriginal Activism, 1960”, in Frances Peters-Little, Ann Curthoys and John Docker (eds), Passionate Histories: Myth, Memory and Indigenous Australia, Aboriginal History Inc and ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 163-84.

  • Curthoys, A & Docker, J (2010)  Is History Fiction? University of New South Wales Press and University of Michigan Press, revised edition

  • Curthoys, A, Docker, J & Peters-Little, F (Eds) (2009) Passionate Histories: Myth, Memory and Indigenous Australia, Aboriginal History Inc and ANU E Press

  • Curthoys, A & McGrath, A (2009) How to Write History that People Want to Read, UNSW Press

  • Curthoys, A & McGrath, A (2009) Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration, Monash E Press [Re-issue with new Introduction; first published 1999]

  • Curthoys, A (2009) “White, British, and European”, in Jane Carey, (ed), Creating White Australia, SU E Press

  • Curthoys, A (2008) ‘Stanner and the Historians’, in Melinda Hinkson, (ed), An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner and Aboriginal  Australia, Aboriginal Studies Press

  • Curthoys, A (2008) ‘Indigenous Subjects’, in Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward, (eds), Australia’s Empire, in the series edited by Roger Louis, The Oxford History of the British Empire

  • Curthoys, A & Docker, J (2008) ‘Defining Genocide’, in Dan Stone, (ed), The Historiography of Genocide, Palgrave

  • Curthoys, A, Genovese, A & Reilly, A (2008) Rights and Redemption: History, law and Indigenous People, UNSW Press



Email: ann.curthoys [at]