Miss Honae Cuffe

Miss Honae Cuffe

Research student

Career Summary



Honae Cuffe is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Newcastle. Honae's research focuses on Australia's foreign policy tradition from the interwar period until the early Cold War, focusing on the channels pursued by Australia to integrate national interests within the strategic outlooks of both regional powers and powerful friends, and the challenges that have manifest from these relations. She is particularly interested in economics, diplomacy and dominion experiences both in national and international histories.

Honae completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics and International Relations from the University of Newcastle, where she was awarded First Class Honours, the 2015 Provisional Research Scholarship and a Faculty Medal for academic excellence. Honae was the recipient of a 2018 Australian Historical Association/Copyright Agency Travel And Writing Bursary and the Faculty of Education and Arts 2018 HDR Achievement Award.

Honae has also been involved in local and public history projects, speaking and writing on podcasting and public scholarship and providing historical research and writing for the Lambton Public School 150th anniversary book Celebrating 150 years 1865-2015: Lambton Public School (LPS, 2015). 

Academic Involvement:

2018 Committee Member, Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments Conference, the University of Newcastle

2017 Three Minute Thesis Finalist, School of Humanities and Social Science
2017-2019 RHD Student Representative, School of Humanities and Social Science, the University of Newcastle 
2017 Peer Reviewer, History in the Making, Vol. 5 no. 1
2017 Guest Editor, Humanities, 2016
2016 Committee Member and Liaison Officer, 2016 NewMac Humanities Postgraduate Conference 
2016 Session Chair, 2016 NewMac Humanities Postgraduate Conference


  • Australian History
  • Cold War
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Interwar
  • Middle Power Diplomacy
  • Pacific
  • Regionalism
  • Trilaterial Relations



Year Award
2018 Faculty of Education and Arts HDR Achievement Award
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
2016 Faculty Medal for Education and Arts, the University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle


Year Award
2016 Australian Postgraduate Award
The University of Newcastle


Code Course Role Duration
HIST1051 The Australian Experience
University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor, Guest Lecturer 26/2/2018 - 8/6/2018
HIST1001 Europe and the World
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Tutor 31/7/2017 - 31/12/2017
HIST1051 The Australian Experience
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/2/2017 - 26/6/2017


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

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Cuffe H, 'Lend Me Your Ears: The Rise of the History Podcast in Australia', History Australia, 16 553-569 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14490854.2019.1636676
2018 Cuffe H, 'The limits of Empire: Australia, eastern appeasement and the drift to war in the Pacific, 1937 41', History Australia, 15 766-784 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14490854.2018.1513805
2015 Cuffe H, 'The Near North : Issues of Empire, Emerging Independence and Regionalism in Australian Foreign and Defence Policy, 1921-1937', Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 31 49-75 (2015) [C1]

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Cuffe H, 'Roundtable: Podcasting, Public Scholarship and the Question of Academic Work', Australian National University (2018)
2018 Cuffe H, ' A Carefully Weighed Plan with Adequate Safeguards : Securing US Cooperation in WWII', Australian National University (2018)
2017 Cuffe H, ' The Imperial Bond? Australia and the Coming Pacific War, 1937-41', Newcastle (2017)
2016 Cuffe H, 'Trade, Security and Region: A Triangular Approach to Australian Foreign Policy, 1921-1991', Newcastle (2016)
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Other (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Cuffe H, 'Economic Diplomacy and the South Pacific Commission: A Case Study in Institutionalising Australia s Regional Role', (2019) [O1]
2019 Cuffe H, ' A right to speak : the 1944 Australia-New Zealand Agreement and the Case for Closer Commonwealth Defence Cooperation', (2019) [O1]
2018 Cuffe H, 'The 1936 Trade Diversion Policy China, the United States and Australia: A Balancing Act in Retrospect', Australian Policy and History Blog (2018)
2018 Cuffe H, Kent A, 'Briefing Note: Australia s International Broadcasting and Soft Power', Australian Policy and History Blog (2018)
2018 Cuffe H, 'Fears about China s influence are a rerun of attitudes to Japan 80 years ago', The Conversation (2018)
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $1,800

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20181 grants / $800

Australian Historical Association/Copyright Agency Travel and Writing Bursary$800

Funding body: Copyright Agency Limited

Funding body Copyright Agency Limited
Project Team

Honae Cuffe

Scheme AHA/CAL Travel and Writing Bursaries
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

20151 grants / $1,000

Provisional Research Degree Scholarship$1,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Honae Cuffe

Scheme Provisional University of Newcastle Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Miss Honae Cuffe

Contact Details

Email honae.cuffe@uon.edu.au
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