Star Spangled Man: Assessing the Trump Presidency

By Dr Nick Fischer For observers of American politics, the Trump presidency is providing an exceptionally rich trove of data about the state of the union. One might indeed argue that the present is too rich in data, anecdote and outrage; it is impossible to keep up with the torrent of tweets, pronouncements, policy reverses and partisan barracking, let alone analysis. An interesting exercise to … Continue reading Star Spangled Man: Assessing the Trump Presidency

“How To”: Academic Writing

By Dr Joshua Specht No part of my graduate coursework emphasized writing. It was assumed that we could all construct a sentence, a paragraph, and (hopefully?) a dissertation chapter. As someone who struggled with his writing in the early parts of graduate school, this was frustrating. Since then, I’ve realized people with PhDs don’t talk about improving academic writing very much either. But they should. … Continue reading “How To”: Academic Writing

Review: US Economic History Workshop

By Kate Rivington Impeccably timed, however unplanned, to coincide with the US Midterm elections, on November 7, 2018 The University of Melbourne hosted a workshop on US Economic History. The workshop, organised by Dr. Kat Ellinghaus and Professor Trevor Burnard, featured papers by scholars from The University of Melbourne, Monash University, and La Trobe University, as well as a fascinating keynote address from Professor Peter … Continue reading Review: US Economic History Workshop

Ask an Americanist: Dr Anne Rees

Dr Anne Rees is a David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University. They are a historian of Australia in the world, with particular interests in gender, modernity, mobility and whiteness. You can follow Anne on Twitter at @AnneLRees   Q: Tell us a little about your background.   History has been a passion since childhood and ‘historian’ was my career objective from … Continue reading Ask an Americanist: Dr Anne Rees

“How To”: Giving Conference Papers and Presentations

By Dr Joshua Specht Note: this is the text from a guide I made for grad students preparing to give their first conference paper. Here is a pdf of the handout this draws from. Below are my key suggestions to giving a strong presentation. General tips are on the reverse. People engage with presentations fundamentally differently from written work. This is a curse and a blessing; when listening to … Continue reading “How To”: Giving Conference Papers and Presentations

Q&A: Past Present Podcast

Hollie Pich interviewed Assistant Professors Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, and Neil J. Young (PhD) at the New School in New York City on Thursday October 11, 2018. This interview has been condensed and edited for publication. Hollie Pich: I wanted to start off by talking about where the idea for the podcast came from. Was it collaborative project, did it come from one person—what’s your … Continue reading Q&A: Past Present Podcast

‘More than the Sum of its Parts’: Historical Writing and the Collaborative Process

By Associate Professor Noah Riseman In June 2015, Dr R. Scott Sheffield from the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada proposed to me. Scott had come across the Pacific to attend a conference I was convening titled “Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service.” We were eating dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant in Melbourne, and unlike most proposals, Scott’s came as … Continue reading ‘More than the Sum of its Parts’: Historical Writing and the Collaborative Process

“How To”: Write An Academic Book Review

By Dr Joshua Specht Note: this guide is for writing the 500-750 word “academic summary” review. Some of these suggestions are helpful for longer reviews or review essays, though those are much more about making an argument about the book or historiography. What do you do if you’re unsure whether you need to read that new book about rats in revolutionary Paris or the untold … Continue reading “How To”: Write An Academic Book Review

My Prague Summer

Professor Paula Rabinowitz – University of Minnesota This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring and all over the city exhibits honored the uprising of citizens seeking greater social and political freedoms. It is also the 70th anniversary of the beginning of communist rule in Czechoslovakia.  Fewer commemorations to those turbulent days in February 1948 could be found, though the astounding photographs by … Continue reading My Prague Summer