Fellows Detail

Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking

BSc (Monash), BEc (Monash), PhD (Sydney)

Elected: 2010

Discipline: Political Science

Specialisation: Australian political history, biography, Gough Whitlam, Whitlam government, the dismissal of the Whitlam government


Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University and the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University. Professor Hocking is a well-known biographer and scriptwriter and the author of six books, including the award winning two-volume biography of the Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and major political biographies of the former Attorney-General and High Court justice Lionel Murphy, and of the well-known Australian writer, Communist, yarn-spinner and activist, Frank Hardy. She is a frequent commentator and public speaker and has appeared on radio, television and film and at numerous Writers’ Festivals.  Professor Hocking’s latest works are The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975 – The Palace Connection (Melbourne University Publishing 2015, updated editions 2016, 2017) and her two-volume biography of the Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, also published by Melbourne University Publishing. The second volume, Gough Whitlam: His Time, was the winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 Barbara Ramsden Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australian History Prize), the National Biography Award, the Queensland Literary Awards and long-listed in the 2013 NiB Waverley Awards for Literature. The first volume, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (MUP 2008, 2009, 2014), was shortlisted for several literary awards including the Magarey Medal for Biography, the Queensland Premier’s Awards, The Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Professor Hocking was the Historical Script Consultant on the ABC-TV 2-part series Whitlam: Power and Passion and is Special Advisor to The Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor Hocking’s research focuses on Australian politics, labour history, political biography and counter-terrorism developments.  She has been the recipient of several ARC grants including most recently an ARC Discovery project grant and ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) Fellowship, an ARC QEII Research Fellowship and ARC Linkage grants with partner organisations the National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia. She  is a regular commentator on Australian politics and political history and has played a key role in public debates concerning the dismissal of the Whitlam government, the Commonwealth, an Australian republic, recent developments in Australia’s counter-terrorism machinery through submissions to parliamentary inquiries, public speaking and media engagements and published research. She has appeared as a guest at several writers’ festivals including the Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay Writers’ Festivals, speaking on political biography and contemporary Australian politics.

Emeritus Professor Hocking is a member of the Executive Board of the International Australian Studies Association, a Series Editor of the Journal of Australian Studies and a Trustee of the Lionel Murphy Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that awards national and international graduate scholarships and holds the annual Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture.


  • ARC DORA Fellow. Monash University (2014-2017)
  • Inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow, The Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University
  • Head of School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies, Monash University (2010-2013)
  • Director of Research School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University (2007 – 2009)
  • Deputy Director, National Centre for Australian Studies (2005 – 2007)
  • Director of National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University (2001 – 2004)
  • ARC QEII Fellow (1999 – 2005)


 Gough Whitlam: His Time,(MUP 2012) winner Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 Literary Awards, Barbara Ramsden Award


Hocking, J (2017), The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975 – The Palace Connection New edition with new chapter, ‘A very British coup’ Melbourne University Press. Melbourne. Melbourne University Publishing. Melbourne.

Hocking, J (2016),  The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975 updated edition New edition with new chapter, ‘The man who would be King’. Melbourne University Publishing. Melbourne.

Hocking, J (2015), The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975 Melbourne University Press. Melbourne. Reprinted twice. Melbourne University Publishing. Melbourne.

Hocking, J (2014), Volume II of Gough Whitlam: The Biography  New paperback edition with new chapter, ‘Epilogue: “I never said I was immortal, merely eternal”’ Melbourne University Publishing/Miegunyah Press. Melbourne.

Hocking, J (2012), Gough Whitlam: His Time. Volume II of Gough Whitlam: The Biography. Melbourne University Publishing/ Miegunyah Press: Melbourne

Hocking, J (2008), Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History. Volume I of Gough Whitlam: The Biography. Melbourne University Publishing/ Miegunyah Press: Melbourne

Hocking, J. and Lewis, C. (eds) (2007), The Post-democratic Era: Counter-terrorism and the State. Edward Elgar Publishing: London

Hocking, J (2007), ‘Post-war reconstruction and the New World Order: The origins of Gough Whitlam’s democratic citizen’, in Australian Journal of Politics and History 53 (2), 223-235

Hocking, J (2005), ‘History by Numbers’; Introduction to Nolan, S. (ed) Reflections on the Dismissal. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne,1-14

Hocking, J (2005), ‘Liberty, Security and the State’ in Saunders, P. and Walter, J. (eds) Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney,178-197

Hocking, J (2005), Frank Hardy: Politics Literature Life. Lothian Books, Melbourne

Hocking, J (2004), Terror Laws: ASIO, Counter-terrorism and the Threat to Democracy. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

Hocking, J. and Lewis, C. (eds) (2003), It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor. Circa Books, Melbourne

Hocking, J (2000), Lionel Murphy: A Political Biography. Cambridge University Press. (2nd edition)




Email: jenny.hocking [at] monash.edu
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