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Dr Julie Kimber

Senior Lecturer
Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of New South Wales, Australia


I teach history and politics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2021, I was elected president of the Swinburne Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (contact via: jkimber [at] I have had a long association with the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, which publishes Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History. In 2016, I was elected federal Secretary of the Society and since 2005 I've edited the triannual publication, Recorder, for its Melbourne Branch. From 2013 to 2020 I 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 (2002 to 2015) (with Prof. Phillip Deery and Prof. Stuart Macintyre). I've edited book collections and conference proceedings on Australian political and labour history. I currently co-edit (with Prof. Diane Kirkby) Radical Currents, Labour Histories, and have written on vagrancy laws and labour and political history. My research interests include the Cold War, biography, and political/radical/legal history. I'm working on a study of anti-institutional protests in prisons in New South Wales and Victoria. Before joining Swinburne, I taught at several universities in NSW and Victoria.

2023 Teaching

  • HIS30007 War and Peace in the 20th Century
  • ART20003 Skills and Strategies for Social Change
  • POL20018 Winners and Losers: The Politics and Ethics of Work

Current Postgraduate Supervision

  • Dimity Hawkins: Nuclear Shadows: Nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific and the Fijian response 1966-1975 (with Chris Agius and Michael Leach);
  • Nicholas Pelley: An examination of hyper-exploited labour and collective acts of resistance in Australia (with Peter Love, Peter Robinson, and Lorenzo Veracini);
  • Lucky Setunga: Caste and Politics in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka (with Michael Leach);
  • 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).

Research interests

History; Politics; Biography

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Historical Studies - 430300

Teaching areas

History & Politics


  • 2015, Swinburne, Dean's Award, Academic Development, SUT
  • 2011, Other, John Barrett Award for Australian Studies, International Australian Studies Association
  • 2007, Other, History Program Short-term Award, LaTrobe University
  • 1999, Other, University Medal, University of New South Wales

Further information


Also published as: Kimber, Julie; Kimber, J.
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