Julie Kimber

Julie teaches history and politics, and convenes the history major at Swinburne University of Technology. She is federal secretary of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and edits the triannual newsletter, Recorder, for the Melbourne Branch, as well as its website.

Before joining Swinburne, Julie taught at several universities in NSW and Victoria: UNSW, Sydney, Newcastle, Monash and Deakin.

A co-editor (with Dr Maggie Nolan) of the Journal of Australian Studies (journal of the International Australian Studies Association) from 2013 to 2020, and book review editor of Labour History: a journal of labour and social history from 2002 to 2015, she has edited collections on Australian political and labour history, and is currently working on a study of Evdokia Petrov with Phillip Deery.


2020 Teaching

  • HIS10004 Australian History
  • HIS30007 War and Peace in the Twentieth Century
  • ART20001 Grand Challenges: Skills and Strategies for Social Change
  • POL30003 Applied Political Research

Current Postgraduate Supervision

  • Clare Arthurs: Media Safety-Curriculum best practice (with Jock Given);
  • Alex Box: Intelligence and espionage in Australia (with Chris Agius);
  • Adamantia Di Biase: Models of political representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (with Michael Leach);
  • Bryan Cranston: Dynasties in US Politics (with Brian Costar);
  • Dimity Hawkins: Nuclear Shadows: Nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific and the Fijian response 1966-1975 (with Chris Agius and Michael Leach);
  • Lucy Kent: Public Service Broadcasting in Australia in the Digital Age (with Kerry Ryan);
  • Nicholas Pelley: An examination of hyper-exploited labour and collective acts of resistance in Australia (with Peter Love and Lorenzo Veracini).


  • James Murphy: East West Link: A Political Post-Mortem (with Damon Alexander), 2019.
  • Chris Beck: The Thin Black Line (MA, with Andrew Dodd), 2018.
  • Dan Tout: “A gumtree is not a branch of an oak”: Indigenising settler nationalism in 1930s Australia (PhD, with Lorenzo Veracini), 2018.
  • Salma Shafiq: Acculturation Barriers for Bangladeshi Migrants (PhD, with Michael Leach), 2016.
  • Sal Clark: Navigating Asylum: Journeys from Indonesia to Australia (PhD, with Michael Leach), 2015.
  • Dustin Halse: History of the Public Service Association (PhD, with Brian Costar), 2015.
  • David Moore: Arthur Moore and the Non-Labour Politics in QLD 1915-1941 (PhD, with Brian Costar), 2014.


Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Australian Historical Studies
Australian Association for Pacific Studies
International Australian Studies Association



Recent work

View Julie’s Swinburne profile here.


Edited books/conference proceedings:

Fighting against war: peace activism in the Twentieth Century / Phillip Deery and Julie Kimber (eds). https://doi.org/10.5263/FAW
Issues on War & Peace: Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015 / Phillip Deery and Julie Kimber (eds.). https://doi.org/10.5263/IOWAP



Labour traditions: proceedings of the tenth National Labour History Conference. Julie Kimber, Phillip Deery, Peter Love (eds). 2007.
The time of their lives: the eight hour day and working life / Julie Kimber. Peter Love (eds). 2007.
The time of their lives: the eight hour day and working life / Julie Kimber. Peter Love (eds). 2007. https://doi.org/10.5263/TOTL

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