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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 and I'm the current president of the Swinburne Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union. In 2016 I was elected federal secretary of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, which publishes Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History, 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 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 currently working on a study of anti-institutional protest and prisons in New South Wales and Victoria. Before joining Swinburne, I 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);
  • 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).


  • Alex Box: People and Fire in Regional Australia (with Chris Agius), 2021.
  • James Murphy: East West Link: A Political Post-Mortem (with Damon Alexander), 2019.
  • Chris Beck: The Thin Black Line (with Andrew Dodd), 2018.
  • Dan Tout: 'A gumtree is not a branch of an oak': Indigenising settler nationalism in 1930s Australia (with Lorenzo Veracini), 2018.
  • Salma Shafiq: Acculturation Barriers for Bangladeshi Migrants (with Michael Leach), 2016.
  • Sal Clark: Navigating Asylum: Journeys from Indonesia to Australia (with Michael Leach), 2015.
  • Dustin Halse: History of the Public Service Association (with Brian Costar), 2015.
  • David Moore: Arthur Moore and the Non-Labour Politics in QLD 1915-1941 (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
  • 2005–2006, NTEU Delegate, Deakin University Branch, NTEU
  • 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

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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