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Professor Angela Woollacott

BA (ANU); BA (Hons) Adelaide; MA, California, Santa Barbara; PhD, California, Santa Barbara
Manning Clark Professor of History
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • British History 210305
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Biography 210304
  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

Australian history; British Empire and postcolonial history; biography; political history; women's and gender history; transnational history; whiteness and settler colonialism.


Angela Woollacott is the Manning Clark Professor of History. From 2004 to 2009 she was Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University. Prior to that she was a Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Her areas of research, research supervision and teaching include Australian history; British Empire and postcolonial history; political history; women's and gender history; biography; colonialism; modernity and transnational histories.

Professor Woollacott is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is currently the President of the Australian Historical Association. She has been a visiting professor at Oberlin College; a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, and the University of California, Berkeley; and in 2002 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at ANU.

Researcher's projects

1.Settler Society in the Australian Colonies
The arrival of significant numbers of settlers, the ending of  convict transportation and the fight for Responsible Government occurred not in isolation but in a rapidly changing mid-19th C world. In the Australian colonies ideas about self-government were tied to evolving ideas of political citizenship and gender, as well as labour systems and racial hierarchies. This project connects changing ideas of politics and gender from the 1820s to the 1860s with the constant traffic between the Australian colonies, other British colonies, and various global points. Several essays from the project have been published. A monograph titled Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture will be published by Oxford University Press, UK, in March 2015.

2. Don Dunstan: A Biography

I currently hold an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant to research and write a full, comprehensive biography of Don Dunstan, the transformative Premier of South Australia in the 1960s-70s who was a major political figure nationally and internationally.


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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