Dr Douglas Craig

BA (Hons) Sydney, 1982 LLB (Hons) Sydney, 1991 MA Virginia, 1986 PhD Virginia, 1989
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

Modern United States history.


I am a political historian of the United States. My research focus has been on the interwar years of the twentieth century (1920-1940), but my current project has led me to explore U.S. involvement in World War I and its development during the preceding fifty years. I teach a range of courses covering topics from the American Revolution to the Cold War, and supervise honours and graduate students' research across all aspects of American history.

I define "political history" very broadly, and am also very interested in U.S. biography, legal history, media history, and popular culture. I take the role of teacher-researcher very seriously and work to integrate my course offerings and research interests to expose students to a wide variety of approaches and sources in the study of twentieth century U.S. history.

Researcher's projects

I am currently writing a double biography of Newton D. Baker and William G. McAdoo, who served as Secretaries of War and Treasury immediately before and during World War I. This project combines my interests in biography and political history and covers Baker and McAdoo's combined life spans between 1863 and 1941 - or from the US Civil War to Pearl Harbor.


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