Josh Black

Position: Current HDR student
School and/or Centres: School of History

Position: Current PhD Student
School and/or Centres: National Centre of Biography


Phone: 0455 104 018

Location: Rm 3109, HC Coombs Building

Thesis title: Inside the Recent Political Past: Memoirs, Autobiographies and Diaries in Australian Political History.

Josh is a postgraduate student in political history at the National Centre for Biography at ANU. Hailing from Sydney’s southwest, he completed his B.A. at the University of Wollongong on the New South Wales coast (2015 – 2017). His Honours thesis (2018), entitled ‘For What Purpose?: The Political Memoirs and Diaries of the Rudd – Gillard Labor Cabinet’, investigated the relatively unexplored field of political memoirs and their position in Australian political historiography. He has also worked in the field of Higher Education equity and support, with experience in advocating for the diversification of student populations, and the progressive nature of technology use in pedagogical practice.

Australian political history; history, biography and autobiography; Labour history; commemorative studies; literature and history.

Black, Josh. ‘A Silent Centenary: Students, Travellers, and the Collapse of Revolutionary Historical Awareness’. History in the Making, vol. 6 (December 2018),

Black, Joshua B. ‘Class, Gender and the Anxieties of Meritocracy in Jacobean England’. Inquiries Journal, vol. 11, no. 1 (2019),

Black, Joshua. Review of Patrick Mullins, Tiberius With a Telephone: The Life and Stories of William McMahon (Brunswick: Scribe, 2018). Australian Journal of Biography and History, forthcoming.

Mary Wade Award for Excellence in Australian History (2017, 2018)

UOW Highest Weighted Average Mark Award, 2018

Josh has teaching experience in English and History at an Undergraduate level.

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