Why a PhD or Research Masters in History at Newcastle?

History encourages a critical, analytical and reflective view of the past that is essential in understanding the present. The subject investigates a broad array of evidence from memories to material remains, from literary culture to popular culture, as well as newer forms of visual, aural and digital evidence.

History at the University of Newcastle is home to researchers with an international profile in their fields of specialism.

Several Newcastle historians have been recognised through research or literary excellence awards, most notably Professor Philip Dwyer, who won the National Biography Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2008 for his book Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769–1799. As well as being shortlisted for a 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award and a 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815.

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PhD and Masters by Research students will benefit from our rich History research environment with highly successful researchers who hold ARC Linkage and Discovery Project grants, Future Fellowships, and have received teaching and research excellence awards at national, state and University levels.

Particular areas of research strength in History at the University include:

What you can research

Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • History of violence
  • Australian history
  • Atlantic history
  • Ottoman history
  • Women's history/feminist history
  • Australian foreign and defence policy
  • Napoleonic Europe
  • Cultural history including religion
  • Australian and international wine studies
  • Global Indigenous history
  • Diaspora and transnational history
  • Urban and regional history (especially Newcastle)

Research methodologies

Researchers in History employ the following methodologies in their research:

  • Analysis of evidence in both primary and secondary source material
  • Source criticism
  • Archival research
  • Historiographical analysis and critique
  • Empiricism
  • Oral history
  • Textual analysis

Find a supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Professor Philip Dwyer: Eighteenth-Century Europe, History of Violence, The French Revolution and Napoleon, The Massacre in History, War Memoirs, War and Society
  • Professor Roger Markwick: Modern European and Russian history: revolution, fascism, genocide, colonialism, war, and gender; colonial-settler states; intellectual history, historiography, historical theory and methodologies
  • Professor Victoria Haskins: Aboriginal history, Australian history, Colonialism, Cross-cultural history, Dance history, Gender history, Indigenous history (Australia, US, Asia, and comparative/transnational), Women's history (including Women and World War One), Domestic Labour history.
  • Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser: History of violence, history of Turkey, genocide, World War I, political violence
  • Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds: Defence, History, International Affairs
  • Dr Kate Ariotti: Australian history, War and society, Prisoners of war, Legacies of war and conflict, Cultural history
  • Dr James Bennett: Film, history and representation especially documentary film, Gender and sexuality especially medicine and sexuality, the First World War, the Labour movement, Australian and New Zealand history, Comparative and transnational histories.
  • Dr Kit Candlin: American history - especially colonial America, European empires and the history of violence and war, the 15th to 19th century Atlantic World
  • Dr Nancy Cushing: Australian cultural history, Heritage, Environmental History, Human/Animal Relations, Newcastle
  • Dr Matthew Lewis: British Colonial Policing, Irish Republican Army, Irish Revolution, Late Modern Ireland, Palestine Mandate, Political Violence
  • Dr Julie McIntyre: Wine History, Transimperial History, Environmental History, Regionality and place

How to apply