Associate Professor in History
Rm 2117, Coombs Building
Phone: 6125 0318
Fax: 6125 3969
BA Hons (Melbourne) 1991
PhD (Australian National University) 1994
GradCertHighEd (University of New England) 2003
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Biography and Interests
Frank Bongiorno is an Australian labour, political and cultural historian. Prior to joining the Australian National University, he has held lecturing positions at King’s College London, the University of New England and Griffith University. He has also been an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU, a Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Mellon Visiting Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.
Frank has served on the New South Wales Arts Advisory Council and as a member of the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts Literature and History Committee, including as its chair for three years. He is also an International Adviser to Labour History and Australian Policy and History online, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Australian Studies, History Australia and the Australian Journal of Politics and History. He has served on the Management Committee of the History Council of New South Wales and the Executive of the Australian Historical Association, 2006-7.
He is a regular contributor to the media, especially Inside Story, for which he was London correspondent from 2008 until 2011, and the Canberra Times.
Current Research Projects
Frank is currently completing a history of sexuality in Australia which will be published by Black Inc. in 2012. Covering various themes in the period from first British settlement in 1788 to the present, it will be the first book-length treatment of this subject. He is also writing a biography of the Australian poet and socialist intellectual, Bernard O’Dowd, a significant figure in the cultural history of Australia between the 1890s and the First World War. He is a chief investigator on a Australian Research Council Linkage grant team led by Professor Bruce Scates (Monash University) exploring the international history of Anzac Day, and also part of the team which will produce an Documents on Australian Foreign Policy volume on ‘Australia in War and Peace, 1914-19’, to be published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Finally, he has long-term interest in Australian historiography and radicalism, and continues to publish on subjects such as socialism and millenarianism.
HIST 2139/6506 Researching and Writing History
HIST 1208 Women and Men in Australian History
Bongiorno, F 1996, The People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition, 1875-1914, Melbourne University Press, Carlton.
Dyrenfurth, N and Bongiorno, F 2011, A Little History of the Australian Labor Party, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.
Bridge, C, Bongiorno, F and Lee D, eds 2010, The High Commissioners, Australia’s Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra.
Bongiorno, F 2006, British to their Bootheels too: Britishness and Australian Radicalism, 2006 Trevor Reese Memorial Lecture, Series Editors: Carl Bridge and Catherine Kevin, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London, University of London.
Journal Special Issues
Australian Journal of Politics and History, Special Issue, Frank Bongiorno, Iain Spence and John Moses (eds), Mars and Minerva: Australian Intellectuals and the Great War, Vol. 53, No. 3, September 2007.
Journal of Australian Colonial History, Special Issue, David Andrew Roberts and Frank Bongiorno (eds), Russel Ward: Reflections on a Legend, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2008.
Select Article and Book Chapters
Bongiorno, F 2012, ‘The Whitlam Government and the 1960s’, in Troy Bramston (ed.), The Whitlam Revolution, Federation Press, Annandale (NSW), 2012 [forthcoming].
Bongiorno, F 2011, ‘The New Progressivism: Anthony Crosland and the coming of the Australian sixties’, Shirleene Robinson, ed, The 1960s in Australia: Power, People and Politics, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne [forthcoming].
Bongiorno, F 2011, ‘Australian Labour History: Contexts, Trends and Influences’, Labour History, No. 100, May, pp. 1-18.
Bongiorno, F 2010, ‘“Real Solemn History” and its Discontents: Australian Political History and the Challenge of Social History’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Special Issue, Jacqueline Dickenson, Nick Dyrenfurth and Sean Scalmer, eds, ‘The Rebirth of Political History’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 56, No. 1, March, pp. 6-20.
Bongiorno, F 2010, ‘The Two World Wars and the Remaking of Australian Sexuality’, in Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson, eds, Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 84-106.
Bongiorno, F 2010, ‘John Beasley and the postwar world’, in Carl Bridge, David Lee and Frank Bongiorno, eds, The High Commissioners, Australia’s Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, pp. 111-26.
Bongiorno, F 2009, ‘Whatever Happened to Free Trade Liberalism?’, in Paul Strangio and Nick Dyrenfurth eds, Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party Political System, Melbourne University Press, pp. 249-74.
Bongiorno, F 2009, ‘January 1961: The Release of the Pill: Contraceptive technology and the “sexual revolution”’, in Martin Crotty and David Andrew Roberts, eds, Turning Points in Australian History, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 157-70.
Bongiorno, F 2008, ‘Two Radical Legends: Russel Ward, Humphrey McQueen and the New Left Challenge in Australian Historiography’, Journal of Australian Colonial History, Special Issue, David Andrew Roberts and Frank Bongiorno, eds, Russel Ward: Reflections on a Legend, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 201-22.
Bongiorno, F 2008, ‘Howard’s End: the 2007 Australian Election’, Round Table, Vol. 97, No. 397, August, pp. 589-603.
Bongiorno, F 2008, ‘A Peaceful State: Australian Politics of the Twentieth Century’, in Deborah Gare and David Ritter, eds, Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past since 1788, Thomson Learning, South Melbourne, pp. 557-66.
Bongiorno, F and Mansfield, G 2008, ‘Whose War Was It Anyway? Some Australian Historians and the Great War’, History Compass, 6/1, 2008, pp. 62-90.
Bongiorno, F 2007, ‘Electioneering in New England, 1856-1889’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 93, Part 2, November, pp. 133-51.
Bongiorno, F 2007, ‘The Devil and Kaiser Bill: Victor Kroemer and the World Crisis of 1914-15’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Special Issue, Frank Bongiorno, Iain Spence and John Moses, eds, Mars and Minerva: Australian Intellectuals and the Great War, Vol. 53, No. 3, September, pp. 420-35.
Bongiorno, F 2006, ‘In this World and the Next: political modernity and unorthodox religion in Australia, 1880-1930’, ACH (Australian Cultural History), No. 25, Special Issue, Neil Levi and Tim Dolin, eds, Antipodean Modern, pp. 179-207.
Bongiorno, F 2006, ‘The Importance of Being Practical: D.J. Murphy and Australian Labour History’, Royal Historical Society of Queensland Journal, A Special Issue: Tropical Transformations: Denis Murphy in Queensland History, Brian Costar and Kay Saunders, eds, Vol. 19, No. 9, December, pp. 31-53.
Bongiorno, F 2006, ‘Politics’, in Alan Atkinson, J.S. Ryan, Iain Davidson and Andrew Piper, eds, High Lean Country: Land, People and Memory in New England, Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards, pp. 233-44.
Bongiorno, F 2006, ‘A Tale of Two Independents’, in Ken Turner and Michael Hogan, eds, The Worldly Art of Politics, Federation Press, Annandale (NSW), pp. 55-70.
Messner, A and Bongiorno, F 2006, ‘New England’, in Jim Hagan, ed., People and Politics in Regional New South Wales, Volume 1 1856-1950s, The Federation Press, Annandale (NSW), pp. 150-89.
Bongiorno, F and Messner, A 2006, ‘New England’, in Jim Hagan, ed., People and Politics in Regional New South Wales, Volume 2 the 1950s to 2006, The Federation Press, Annandale (NSW), pp. 143-72.
Bongiorno, F 2006, ‘What If New South Wales had not paid parliamentarians until after Federation?’, in Stuart Macintyre and Sean Scalmer, eds, What If? Australian history as it might have been, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, pp. 67-88.
Bongiorno, F 2005, ‘“British to the Bootstraps?”: H.V. Evatt, J.B. Chifley and Australian Policy on Indian Membership of the Commonwealth, 1947-49’, Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 37, No. 125, April, pp. 18-39.
Bongiorno, F 2005, ‘Remembering Ol’ 55: the Victorian Fabian Society and the road to intervention’, in Brian Costar, Peter Love and Paul Strangio, eds, The Great Labor Schism: A Retrospective, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, pp. 324-39.
Bongiorno, F 2005, ‘The Price of Nostalgia: Menzies, the “Liberal” Tradition and Australian Foreign Policy’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Special Issue: The Liberal Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy, David Lowe and Carl Bridge, eds, Vol. 51, No. 3, September, pp. 400-17.
Bongiorno, F 2005, ‘Fabian Socialism and British Australia, 1890-1972’, in Phillip Buckner and R. Douglas Francis, eds, Rediscovering the British World, Calgary at the University Press, Calgary, pp. 209-31.
Bongiorno, F 2004, ‘A Short History of New Thought in Australia, 1890-1914’, ACH (Australian Cultural History), No. 23, pp. 25-42.
Bongiorno, F 2003, ‘Reputation of a Romantic’, Meanjin, Vol. 62, No. 2, May-June, pp. 137-151.
Bongiorno, F 2003, ‘Origins of the Present Crisis? Fabianism, Intellectuals and the Making of the Whitlam Government’, in Jenny Hocking and Colleen Lewis, eds, It’s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor, Circa/Melbourne Publishing Group, Melbourne, pp. 311-338.
Bongiorno, F 2001, ‘Love and Friendship: Ethical Socialism in Britain and Australia’, Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 32, No. 116, April, pp. 1-19.
Bongiorno, F 2001, ‘The Origins of Caucus 1856-1901’, in Stuart Macintyre and John Faulkner, eds, True Believers: The Story of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, pp. 3-16.
Bongiorno, F 2001, ‘Every Woman a Mother: radical intellectuals, sex reform and the “woman question: in Australia, 1890-1918’, Hecate, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 44-64.
Bongiorno, F 2001, ‘H.V. Evatt, Australia and Ireland’s Departure from the Commonwealth: A Reassessment’, Irish Historical Studies, Vol. 32, No. 128, November, pp. 537-55.
Bongiorno, F 2000, ‘Commonwealthmen and Republicans: Dr. H.V. Evatt, the Monarchy and India’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 46, No. 1, March, pp. 33-50.
Bongiorno, F 2000, ‘An Antipodean Christminster? The campaign for evening lectures at the University of Melbourne, 1890-2’, Journal of Australian Colonial History, Vol. 2, No. 2, October, pp. 1-27.
Bongiorno, F 2000, ‘Aboriginality and Historical Consciousness: Bernard O’Dowd and the creation of an Australian national imaginary’, Aboriginal History, Vol. 24, pp. 39-61.
Bongiorno, F 1999, ‘Constituting Labour: the Radical Press in Victoria, 1885-1914’, in Ann Curthoys and Julianne Schultz (eds), Journalism: Print, Politics and Popular Culture, University of Queensland Press in association with the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, and the Journal of Australian Studies, St. Lucia, pp. 70-82.
Bongiorno, F 1999, ‘Bernard O’Dowd’s Socialism’, Labour History, No. 77, November, pp. 97-116.
Bongiorno, F 1994, 'Class, Populism and Labour Politics in Victoria, 1890-1914', Labour History, No. 66, May, pp. 14-32.
Projects and Grants (Current)
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, 2011-14 (Monash University) ‘Anzac Day at home and abroad: a centenary history of Australia's national day’.
2011: (Prof Bruce C Scates, Prof Raelene Frances, Dr Keir J Reeves, Dr Martin A Crotty, Prof Graham P Seal, Mr Thinethavone E Soutphommasane, Dr Francis R Bongiorno, A/Prof Kevin P Blackburn, Dr Stephen J Clarke, Dr Peter A Stanley, Prof Andrew Hoskins)
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Historial de la Grande Guerre, King's College London, Legacy Australia Council , National Archives of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Shrine of Remembrance, Monash University.