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Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds was born in Sydney and earned his Ph.D at the University of Newcastle. He won the Evatt Foundation International Essay Competition in 1988 and was later commissioned to co-author the Foundation's centennial biography of Evatt - Doc Evatt: Patriot, Internationalist, Fighter and Scholar. He has published numerous articles on Australian foreign and defence policies with an emphasis on developments since 1939. His most recent work is the monograph Australia's Bid for the Atomic Bomb published by Melbourne University Press, 2000.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 18/08/1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 17/03/1972


Research keywords

  • Defence
  • History
  • International Affairs

Research expertise

Main work has been on the History of Australian foreign and defence policy. Research projects have included the history of Labour Foreign policy, which resulted in the H.V. Evatt national prize and a co-authored book funded by the Evatt Foundation of Evatt. I have also written on Whitlam's foreign policy. I have worked extensively on Australia and nuclear weapons, publishing artictles and conference papers. This research resulted in a book and a documentary in 2001-2. Recent research has involved work on nuclear non-proliferation and relations with Indonesia. I have also published on Education with particular reference to Asian integration and the role of Higher Education in nuclear research and development. A feature of my research and research supervision is the use of government archives. I created a dital link to documents on the home page of the National Archives which now informs reseach on-line. My current project is a edited volume of government records on nuclear non-proliferation.

Fields of Research

169999Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified50
210300Historical Studies30
080699Information Systems Not Elsewhere Classified20


Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Coordinator - Security and Disarmament Commission, Internation Peace Research Association


Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Canberra (Australia)
01/09/2002 - 01/01/2003
Nuclear Test Heritage Sites: Monash University (Australia)
01/10/2004 - 01/12/2004


Australian Regional Policy and the Risk of Asymmetic War.
Australian Homeland Security Centre, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
Australia's Secret Bid for the Atomic Bomb
Film Australia, Australia (Documentary Film)
Atomic Weapons Testing Sites - Australian at War Project
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
The History of Relations between Australia and the US
Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, United States (Invited Lecture)
'Britain, Australia, the Commonwealth and the Quest for an Independent Nuclear Deterrent.'
King's College, London, United Kingdom (Joint symposium )
Issues in Contemporary Australian History.
Kumamato University, Kyushu, Japan, Japan (Lecture Tour)
Internment in Australia in World War II
National Archives of Australia, Australia (Project Review)
Australia's Nuclear History
ABC Radio National, Australia (Radio National Program)
Nuclear History Project
Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, United Kingdom (Research Project)
Nuclear Weapons and the Suez Crisis
Ministere De La Defense, France (Suez Project)


Administrative expertise

I have served in most administrative areas relevant to the Discipline (Honours coordination, Postgraduate coordination) and have acted as Deputy Head of School in Liberal Arts and now the expanded School of Himanities and Social Sciences (Ourimbah campus). I have served on Faculty Board, the Faculty Executive, Faculty CT&L, Academic Senate, University Council (and its Resources and Administration Committee, the Finance and Capital Committee Committee, Planning and Perforance Committee, and various ad hoc committees).


Teaching expertise

I have taught widely in History but the focus in recent years has been on Australia and especially foreign relations. I offer a Twentieth Century survey course at 1000 level and courses on Australia and Asia; Australian and the Great Powers; and Australian War and Society at 3000 level. I run an issues in foreign relations course at Honours level and a 6000 distance course in this area. I have supervised to completion 3 PhDs and 1 MA in this field. In the past I coordinated a number of courses for teachers (History Method, Politics, Society and Culture) and for police (Policing practice, strategic studies).


Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds

Work Phone(02) 4921 5214
Fax(02) 4921 6940
PositionAssociate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHistory
McMullin Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308