Dr Romain Fathi

PhD, Sciences Po / The University of Queensland; Double Masters degree, Sciences Po
Senior Lecturer in History
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 0261252732

Areas of expertise

  • Australian History 430302
  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 430308
  • Transnational History 430323

Research interests

20th Century History, Australian History, French History and Politics, The First World War, Humanitarianism, The Red Cross movement, body disposal practices


I am a graduate from Sciences Po, in Paris where I completed an undergraduate program and a double masters program. In 2015, I was awarded a jointly awarded PhD (The University of Queensland / Sciences Po), with the mention “Très honorable avec félicitations du jury”. Part of the PhD program was spent at Yale University.

I now live in Australia, where I hold the position of Senior Lecturer in History at The Australian National University in Canberra, and I remain an affiliated researcher at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, in Paris.

My work focuses on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath, in both the Australian and European contexts. The First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity are my primary research interests. I also have an interest in the history of public health, the Red Cross movement and the treatment of human remains in conflicts.

I publish in French and in English, and I have taught at several universities including Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, the University of Queensland, Flinders University and The Australian National University in Australia.

My latest sole-authored monograph, Our Corner of the Somme, was published with Cambridge University Press. I am currently investigating the handling of human remains during and after the First World War while working on a monograph that explores the impact of the Cannes Medical Conference of 1919 and how it contributed to shift Red Cross work from wartime to peacetime, public health work.

For more information, please visit my website: https://romainfathi.com/ 


Researcher's projects

I am one of Resilient Humanitarianism’s (DP190101171) Chief Investigators, an Australian Research Council-funded project (2019-2025).

I am currently co-organising an exhibition with the City of Unley Museum titled "SA - we are a little bit français!" to be unveiled in late April 2024.

Current writing projects involve a book on the Cannes Medical Conference of 1919 (under contract), and another multi-authored monograph on the League of Red Cross Societies.

Available student projects

I am available and have experience in supervising Honours, Masters and PhD research projects in history. 

Current student projects

* Rachel Caines, "Indigenous Australians and Soldier Settlement Schemes in Interwar Australia", PhD Thesis, co-supervisor

* Paige Timms, "Constructing Anzac in 21st century Australia. The characteristics and cultural significance of new, physical war memorials", Phd Thesis, principal supervisor



Projects and Grants

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