Angela Woollacott

Angela Woollacott

Position: Manning Clark Professor of History
School and/or Centres: School of History


BA, Political Science and History (Australian National University) BA (Hons), History (University of Adelaide) MA, History (University of California, Santa Barbara) PhD, History (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Researcher profile:

Angela Woollacott is the Manning Clark Professor of History and the President of the Australian Historical Association. From 2004 to 2009 she was Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University. Prior to that she was a Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Her areas of research, research supervision and teaching include white settler colonialism; Australian history; British Empire and postcolonial history; biography and political history, women’s and gender history; modernity and transnational histories.

Professor Woollacott is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She has been a visiting professor at Oberlin College; a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, and the University of California, Berkeley; and in 2002 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at ANU.

Angela Woollacott is researching a biography of one of the most influential Australian politicians of the 20th century, Don Dunstan, Premier of South Australia 1967-68 and 1970-79. Her research is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2014-16DP140100810 'Don Dunstan and political and social reform in Australia.'


Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.) - shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards - University of Southern Queensland History Prize.

Race and the Modern Exotic: Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display (Clayton, Vic.: Monash University Publishing, 2011).

Gender and Empire (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism, and Modernity  (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994).

Edited Textbooks:

Series editor, Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 high school textbooks for the National Curriculum in History: Woollacott et al., History for the Australian Curriculum (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press,  2012).

Co-edited Books:

Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woollacott (editors), Transnational Lives: Biographies of Global Modernity, 1700-present (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 in their series on Transnational History).

Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woollacott (eds.), Transnational Ties: Australian Lives in the World (Canberra: ANU E-Press, 2008).

Mrinalini Sinha, Donna J. Guy and Angela Woollacott (eds.), Feminisms and Internationalism (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999). First published as a special issue of Gender & History Vol. 10, No. 3 (November 1998).

Miriam Cooke and Angela Woollacott (eds.), Gendering War Talk (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

Catherine Bishop and Angela Woollacott, 'Business and Politics as Women's Work: The Australian Colonies and the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Women's Movement', Journal of Women's History Vol. 28 No. 1 (Spring 2016): 84-106.

‘Business and Politics as Women’s Work: The Australian Colonies and the Mid-Nineteenth Century Women’s Movement’, co-authored with Catherine Bishop - Journal of Women’s History Vol. 28, Issue 1 (Forthcoming, Spring 2016)

‘A Radical’s Career: Responsible Government, Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Dispossession’, Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History Vol 16, No. 2 (Forthcoming, August 2015)

'Colonialism: What Girlhoods Can Tell Us', chapter in Kristine Moruzzi and Michelle Smith (eds.), Colonialism: What Girlhood Can Tell Us 1840-1940 (2014 Palgrave Macmillan, pp.15-29)

'Manly Authority, Employing Non-white Labour, and Frontier Violence 1830s-1860s, Journal of Australian Colonial History Vol.15 (2013): 23-42.

'South Australia and the Imperial World: Connections to India and Beyond, 1830s to 1860s', forthcoming Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia No. 39 (2011): 1-10.

'Political Manhood, Nonwhite Labour and Settler Colonialism on the 1830s-1840s Australian Frontier', chapter in Barbara Brookes and Alison Holland (eds.), Rethinking the Racial Moment: essays on the Colonial Encounter (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars publishing, 2011).

‘Whiteness and “the Imperial Turn”’, chapter in Leigh Boucher, Jane Carey and Katherine Ellinghaus (eds.), Re-Orienting Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the History of an Identity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) pp. 17-30.

‘Frontier Violence and Settler Manhood’, published keynote address from the 2007 Australian Historical Association regional conference, History Australia Vol. 6, No. 1 (April 2009): 09.1-09.15.

‘The Colonial Actress: Empire, Modernity and the Exotic in Twentieth-Century London’, chapter in Philippa Levine and Susan Grayzel (eds.), Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 72-89.

‘Australian Women in London: Surveying the Twentieth Century’, chapter in Carl Bridge, Robert Crawford and David Dunstan (eds.), Australians in Britain: The Twentieth-Century Experience (Clayton, Vic.: Monash University ePress, 2009), pp. 03.1-03.12.

‘Gender and Sexuality’, Ch. 13 in Australia’s Empire (eds. Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward) companion volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire series (general editor Wm. Roger Louis; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 312-335.

‘Rose Quong Becomes Chinese: An Australian in London and New York’, Australian Historical Studies (No. 129, April 2007), pp. 16-31.

‘Postcolonial histories and Catherine Hall’s Civilising Subjects’, Ch. 4 in Ann Curthoys and Marilyn Lake (eds.), Connected Worlds: History in Trans-National Perspective  (Canberra: ANU E-Press, 2006), pp. 57-68.

‘Modernity’, in Mary Spongberg, Ann Curthoys and Barbara Caine (eds.), Companion to Women’s Historical Writing  (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), pp. 349-360.

‘Creating the White Colonial Woman: Mary Gaunt’s Imperial Adventuring and Australian Cultural History’, in Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White (eds.), Cultural History in Australia (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2003), pp. 186-200.

“The Colonial Flaneuse: Australian Women Negotiating Turn-of-the-Century London,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Vol. 25 No. 3 (Spring 2000): 761-87.

“Inventing Commonwealth and Pan-Pacific Feminisms: Australian Women’s Internationalist Activism in the 1920s-30s,” Gender & History Vol. 10 No. 3 (November 1998): 425-448.

“From Moral to Professional Authority: Secularism, Social Work and Middle-Class Women’s Self-Construction in World War I Britain,” Journal of Women’s History Vol. 10 No. 2 (Summer 1998): 85-111.

“‘All this is the Empire, I told myself’: Australian Women’s Voyages ‘Home’ and the Articulation of Colonial Whiteness,” The American Historical Review Vol. 102 No. 4 (October 1997): 1003-1029.

"`Khaki Fever' and Its Control: Gender, Class, Age and Sexual Morality on the British Homefront in World War I," Journal of Contemporary History 29 (April 1994): 325-347.

"Maternalism, Professionalism and Industrial Welfare Supervisors in World War I Britain," Women's History Review 3 (March 1994): 29-56.

HIST1208 Women and Men in Australian History

HIST2128 Convicts and Settlers: Australian History 1770s to 1870s

HIST2224 Colonialism, Race, Sex and Gender: Historical Episodes.

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