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Michael Ondaatje is Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Newcastle and a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

 

RESEARCH

 

In 2008 Ondaatje was awarded his PhD, with Distinction, from the University of Western Australia. His thesis in African American political history was recognised with the Robert Street Prize for the most outstanding PhD across all University disciplines. In 2010 Ondaatje’s first book, Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and became a Top 20 International Bestseller in American History. In 2011 the book was recognised with the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association's W.K. Hancock Prize (receiving a High Commendation).

 

Ondaatje’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the United States Studies Centre (University of Sydney) and the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. In 2011, he was awarded a Senior Visiting Fellowship at Oxford and, more recently, was selected for the Emerging Research Leaders program at the University of Newcastle.  

 

In 2012 the Australian Academy of the Humanities awarded Ondaatje the Max Crawford Medal, ‘Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities’. The Crawford Medal is ‘granted to early career Australian researchers for outstanding scholarly achievement in the humanities in Australia, and to those whose publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of humanities disciplines by the general public’. In 2013 Ondaatje was selected by the US Embassy in Australia for the International Visitor Leadership Program, the premier exchange program of the US government ( for details, see: http://osce.usmission.gov/archive/misc/press_ivp.html">http://osce.usmission.gov/archive/misc/press_ivp.html</a>). He is currently co-editor of the Australasian Journal of American Studies and an Executive Member of the Australian Historical Association.

 

TEACHING

 

Ondaatje is the winner of several major teaching awards at the national, university and faculty level, including an ALTC Award for Teaching Excellence (2011); an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2010); the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2010); and a Faculty of Education and Arts Award for Teaching Excellence (2009). Since 2007 he has supervised 15 Honours theses and 2 PhDs to completion.

 

MEDIA AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

 

Beyond the walls of the University, Ondaatje is a regular media commentator on American history and politics. He has been interviewed on hundreds of occasions on the ABC, Channel Ten, Sky News and SBS, as well as overseas in the United States and United Kingdom. In Australia his writing has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Canberra Times and The Conversation. Since 2008 Ondaatje has also been invited to deliver scores of public lectures and keynote addresses, most notably the Annual Human Rights Day Address at the United Nations Association of Australia (2011).

 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Western Australia, 31/03/2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Australia, 05/02/2001

Research

Research keywords

  • African American History
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American-Australian Relations
  • History of Ideas
  • Transnational History

Research expertise

My research up to now has focused on nineteenth and twentieth century African American history, with a particular emphasis on the history of black conservatism. However, I also have developing research interests in American foreign policy and transnational history.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
210312North American History90
220209History Of Ideas10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australia New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA)
  • Member - American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Member - Organization of American Historians (OAH)

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Executive Committee, Australia New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA)

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS)

Appointments

Research Associate
United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney (Australia)
01/01/2013 - 01/12/2013
Researcher-in-Residence
United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney (Australia)
01/01/2012 - 01/12/2012
Senior Visiting Research Fellow
Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
01/01/2011 - 01/04/2011
Research Associate
United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney (Australia)
01/01/2011 - 01/12/2011
Whitfeld Research Fellow
University of Western Australia (Australia)
01/07/2007 - 01/02/2008

Awards

Recognition.

2013International Visitor Leadership Program
U.S. State Department (United States)
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2012Emerging Research Leader
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Emerging Research Leaders Program
2011National Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career)
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) (Australia)
Excellence in Teaching
2010Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career)
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Excellence in teaching
2010Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) (Australia)
For creating exceptionally engaging teaching environments and embedding innovative resources in newly-developed American history courses that have inspired and motivated students to learn.
2009Excellence in Teaching Award
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle (Australia)
Excellence in teaching
2008Valedictorian
University of Western Australia (Australia)
Graduation Ceremony
2007Excellence in Teaching Award (Early Career)
University of Western Australia (Australia)
Excellence in teaching

Research Award.

2012Max Crawford Medal
Australian Academy of the Humanities (Australia)
Awarded to early career Australian researchers for "outstanding scholarly achievement in the humanities in Australia, and to those whose publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of humanities disciplines by the general public."
2012W.K. Hancock Prize (High Commendation)
Australian Historical Association (Australia)
Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America (best first book by an Australian scholar in any field of history)
2011Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence (Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America)
University of Newcastle (Australia)
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2008Robert Street Prize - Best PhD across all disciplines at the University of Western Australia in 2008
University of Western Australia (Australia)
“The prize is awarded to the student whose PhD thesis, of all theses passed with distinction in a designated 12-month period, has, in the opinion of the Board of the Graduate Research School, made the most outstanding contribution to its field.”
2006Peter Coleman Award
Australasian Journal of American Studies (Australia)
Best article published in the Australasian Journal of American Studies over a two year period – “Counterfeit Heroes or Colour-Blind Visionaries”

Invitations

Keynote Address: John Turner Memorial Lecture
University of Newcastle, Australia (Keynote Address)
2012
Keynote Address: Martin Luther King, the United Nations and the Struggle for Human Rights, UN Human Rights Day Address
United Nations Association of Australia, Australia (Keynote Address)
2011
Keynote Address: Saviors or Sellouts? Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, Perspectives on Power Conference
University of Queensland, Australia (Keynote Address)
2011
Keynote Address: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race: An Historical Perspective, Limina Conference
University of Western Australia, Australia (Keynote Address)
2009

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • African American History 1776-Present
  • American History 1776-Present
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Ondaatje ML, Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 220 (2010) [A1]

For reviews of Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, see: http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/97/3/888.2.full http://www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/reviews/ondaatje

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ondaatje ML, Smithers G, Black Thought in Modern America: An Historical Perspective, University Press of Mississippi, University Press of Mississippi: Jackson, Mississippi / United States of America, - (2014)
2010Ondaatje ML, Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 220 (2010) [A1]

For reviews of Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, see: http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/97/3/888.2.full http://www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/reviews/ondaatje

Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Ondaatje ML, 'The racial middle: Latinos and Asian Americans living beyond the racial divide', Australian Journal of Political Science, 44 567-568 (2009) [C3]
2006Ondaatje ML, '"The Intellectuals and their Ideas"', New Critic, . (2006) [C1]
2006Ondaatje ML, '"Francis Fukuyama's After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads"', New Critic, . (2006) [C1]
2004Ondaatje M, ''Counterfeit Heroes or Colour-Blind Visionaries? The Black Conservative Challenge to Affirmative Action in Modern America' (2004) [C1]
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Review (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ondaatje ML, 'Civil rights', The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (2012) [D2]
2009Ondaatje ML, 'Review: Corsi, J. The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (New York, Threshold Editions, 2008)', Review: Corsi, J. The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (New York, Threshold Editions, 2008) (2009) [D2]
2002Ondaatje ML, 'Review: Halpern, R. and Dal Lago, E. (eds). Slavery and Emancipation (Malden, Blackwell Publishing, 2002)', Review: Halpern, R. and Dal Lago, E. (eds). Slavery and Emancipation (Malden, Blackwell Publishing, 2002) (2002) [D2]

Other (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Ondaatje ML, '"Martin Luther King: More than a Dreamer"', : The Herald (2010) [O1]
2009Ondaatje ML, '"Moving Past Race: The Obama Presidency"', : The Herald (2009) [O1]
2008Ondaatje ML, '"Prophets of History Vie To Make History"', : The Herald (2008) [O1]
2008Ondaatje ML, '"The US Drama Show That's On Every Channel"', ( pp.na-na): The Herald (2008) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$85,925

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2014 (1 grants)

Black Tea: African American Conservatives in the Age of Obama$7,500
Funding Body: United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Project Team
Doctor Michael Ondaatje
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020142015
GNo:G1301420

2012 (3 grants)

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Ondaatje
SchemeRole
Emerging Research Leaders ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020122012
GNo:G1200698

Black Conservatives and the Civil Rights Movement$10,000
Funding Body: United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Project Team
Doctor Michael Ondaatje
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020122012
GNo:G1200687

2011 Awards for Research Excellence - Shared Account$4,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Mike Calford, Professor Mark Parsons, Doctor Juanita Todd, Doctor Robert Imre, Doctor Michael Ondaatje, Conjoint Professor Dmitri Kavetski
SchemeRole
Award for Research ExcellenceInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00020122012
GNo:G1200056

2011 (1 grants)

Black Conservatism in Civil Rights America$5,000
Funding Body: United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Project Team
Doctor Michael Ondaatje
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020112011
GNo:G1001026

2008 (3 grants)

Stride Toward Freedom: James Forman and the Fight for Civil Rights in America$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Ondaatje
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0189528

Travelling Fellowship - Australian Academy of the Humanities$4,000
Funding Body: Australian Academy of the Humanities

SchemeRole
Travelling Fellowship Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00020082008
GNo:134281926

ANZASA Conference 2008, Womens College, University of Sydney, 4/7/2008 - 7/7/2008$425
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Ondaatje
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$42520082008
GNo:G0188966

2007 (1 grants)

Whitfeld Research Fellowship - University of Western Australia$12,500
Funding Body: University of Western Australia

SchemeRole
Whitfeld Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,50020072007
GNo:134281934

2006 (1 grants)

Completion Scholarship - University of Western Australia$7,500
Funding Body: University of Western Australia

SchemeRole
UWA Completion Scholarship Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020062006
GNo:134281942

2002 (1 grants)

Jean Rogerson Scholarship - University of Western Australia$15,000
Funding Body: University of Western Australia

SchemeRole
Jean Rogerson Scholarship Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020022006
GNo:134281950
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132016PhD (History)Co-SupervisorA Biography of Gertrude Bell, 1868 - 1926
20122016PhD (History)Principal SupervisorRemembering Martin Luther King Jr.
20112015PhD (History)Co-SupervisorSir John Grieg Latham: A Political Biography
20102015PhD (History)Co-SupervisorTransformation, Technology and the Tropics. An Examination of the Papuan Campaign Through the Lens of the Field Ambulance
20082016PhD (History)Co-SupervisorThe Activist Life of Pauli Murray (1910 - 1985)

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (History)Co-SupervisorMasculinities in American Western Films, 1950-1972: A Hyper-Linear History
2013PhD (History)Co-SupervisorIn the Shadow of McClellan: The Army of the Potomac and the Struggle for High Command 1861-1863
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Dr Michael Ondaatje

Work Phone(02) 4921 5219
Fax(02) 4921 6940
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHistory
Office
MCLG26a,
McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/michael-ondaatje