Julie Kimber


Julie Kimber is an Australian historian based at Swinburne University of Technology where she teaches history and politics. She is president of the Swinburne Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union, secretary of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, joint national editor its biannual magazine Radical Currents, Labour Histories (with Prof. Diane Kirkby) and editor of the triannual publication, Recorder, of the Melbourne Branch.

From 2013 to 2020 Julie was co-editor (with A/Prof. Maggie Nolan) of the Journal of Australian Studies (journal of the International Australian Studies Association), and a book review editor of Labour History: a journal of labour and social history from 2002 to 2015 (with Prof. Phillip Deery and Prof. Stuart Macintyre). She has edited several book collections on Australian political and labour history. Before joining Swinburne, Julie taught at several universities in NSW and Victoria.

Current 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: People and Fire in Regional Australia (with Chris Agius);
  • Adamantia Di Biase: Models of political representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (with Michael Leach);
  • 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, Peter Robinson, and Lorenzo Veracini);
  • Janice Woolley: Understanding the emergence and spread of conspiracy theories in the post-9/11 era; from the Tea Party and twenty-first century anti-vaxxers, to QAnon and the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Chris Agius).


  • 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.


  • 2021–(current), President, Swinburne Branch, National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
  • 2016–(current), Secretary, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH)
  • 2002–(current), Editorial Board Member, Labour History: a journal of labour and social history
  • 2020–(current), Editorial Board Member, Journal of Australian Studies
  • 2005–(current), Editor, Recorder, Newsletter of the Melbourne Branch, ASSLH
  • 2014–(current), Swinburne Branch Committee Member, NTEU
  • 2013–(current), Executive Committee Member, International Australian Studies Association
  • 2010–2021, Board Member, Gasworks Arts Park
  • 2013–2020, Co-Editor, Journal of Australian Studies (with Maggie Nolan)
  • 2015–2016, Vice President, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2002–2016, Book Review Editor, Labour History: a journal of labour and social history
  • 2012–2015, Vice President, Melbourne Branch, ASSLH
  • 2010–2015, Committee Member, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2005–2007, Treasurer, Melbourne Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2002­–2005, Secretary, Sydney Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 2002–2005, Treasurer, Sydney Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • 1999–2005, Co-Editor, The Hummer (with John Shields), journal of the Sydney Branch, ASSLH
  • 1999–2005, Executive Committee Member, Sydney Branch, ASSLH


  • Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • Australian Historical Studies
  • Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society
  • Australian Association for Pacific Studies
  • Australian Women’s History Network
  • International Australian Studies Association
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Royal Australian Historical Society of Victoria

2020/2021 Writing

Download Edited Books here:

Phillip Deery and Julie Kimber (eds), Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century (Melbourne: Leftbank Press, 2015). http://doi.org/10.5263/FAW

Julie Kimber and Peter Love (Eds), The time of their lives: the eight hour day and working life (Melbourne: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 2007). http://doi.org/10.5263/TOTL

Recent Media

The Ferry Plot (ABC’s History Lesson. Presenter: Brett Evans; Producer: Ros Bluett; Sound Engineer: John Jacobs. With Phillip Deery and Julie Kimber. June 2020).

Edited collections



Twitter: @julie_kimber

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliekimber/

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