Historicizing Racial Disparities in American Criminal Justice

By Professor Jeffrey S. Adler The scholarship on the history of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system is often curiously ahistorical.  It is commonplace for researchers, particularly those writing about the American South, to identify modern racial biases and to project them backward, onto a static, timeless past, implying that racial disparities have always existed or have at least existed continuously since the … Continue reading Historicizing Racial Disparities in American Criminal Justice

Q&A: Ben Franklin’s World

Liz Covart is the creator and host of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, winner of the Best History Podcast Award in 2017. As the Digital Projects Editor at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Liz practices a blend of scholarly history, public history, and digital humanities. While the OI’s primary focus is supporting scholars and scholarship related to … Continue reading Q&A: Ben Franklin’s World

Ask An Americanist: Dr Diana Shahinyan

Diana Shahinyan received her PhD, “Authors at Law – the Jurisprudence of Investigation in the Detective Fictions of Dashiell Hammett and William Faulkner” from Sydney University in 2014, and currently works there as a casual academic. She has recently published articles in the Journal of Victorian Cultures, and the Australian Humanities Review. Her research straddles the nexus of law and literature, and she is currently … Continue reading Ask An Americanist: Dr Diana Shahinyan

The Birth of the New Books Network

By Dr Marshall Poe As I’m sure all readers of this forum know, podcasting is now a “thing.” Pretty much everyone knows what a podcast is. Millions of people listen to podcasts. Money—from legacy media companies and venture capital firms—is pouring in. It seems that everyone has a podcast or wants to have one. I was talking to an ad sales guy the other day … Continue reading The Birth of the New Books Network

Suddenly you’re an expert: historians in the media

By Emma Shortis On Wednesday, 9 November 2016 (Australian time), I rolled in to an Election Day event hosted by the University of Melbourne and the American Chamber of Commerce. I had no real idea what I was doing there. I was supposed to be representing the university and giving my expert opinions on the election results as they came in, flashing up on the … Continue reading Suddenly you’re an expert: historians in the media

Five Tips for First Time Teachers

By Dr Ben Vine As we begin the first semester of 2019, a number of graduate students and early career researchers will be taking tutorials or lecturing for the first time. Teaching is something everyone early in their academic careers knows they will have to do at some point, but there usually aren’t many university resources devoted to preparing you for that moment you stand … Continue reading Five Tips for First Time Teachers

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