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Professor David Lowe

BA (Hons) (Monash) , PhD (Cambridge)

Elected: 2015

Discipline: History

Specialisation: Modern Australian and international history, Rhetorical uses of history by politicians.


Professor DAVID LOWE holds a chair in Contemporary History at Deakin University. He specialises in modern Australian and international history, and in the rhetorical uses of history by politicians. He is currently researching memories of independence in post-colonial nations, as part of the Routledge Series, Remembering the Modern World, of which he is joint editor. He is also researching Australian politicians’ uses of history.

Recent appointments include: Editorial Board advising the Australia’s Foreign Minister on the Documents in Australian Foreign Policy series; Board of Australian Historical Studies; and Founder, Australian Policy and History Network.


Menzies Cente for Australian Studies, University of London, 1993-95,

Deakin University, since 1991


Australian Historical Association

Society for the History of American Foreign Relations


  • David Lowe and Tony Joel, Remembering the Cold War: Global Contest and National Stories, Routledge, Abingdon, 2013
  • David Lowe, ‘Australia’s Colombo Plans old and new: international students as foreign relations’, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21, 4, 2015, 448-62
  • David Lowe, ‘The Colombo Plan and the Stirring of Australian Public Diplomacy’, Journal of Contemporary History, 48, 1, 2013, 175-90
  • David Lowe, ‘Security’ in Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia, vol. II, The Commonwealth of Australia, part 2, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 494-517
  • David Lowe, Percy Spender: Australian between Empires, Pickering and Chatto, London, 2010


Email: david.lowe [at] deakin.edu.au

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