Professor James Curran

Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney


James Curran teaches courses in Australian political culture and foreign policy, as well as the history of America's relations with the world. His latest book, Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War, is a study of the Australia-US Alliance from the signing of the ANZUS treaty in 1951 to the early days of the Hawke government. It focuses chiefly on the crisis in the relationship in the early 1970s. The book follows other works by Curran on Australian political culture and foreign relations, including Curtin's Empire (Cambridge, 2011) and, with Stuart Ward, The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire (Melbourne, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's History prize. His first book, The Power of Speech (Melbourne, 2004,2006), was a study of the intellectual history of post-war Australian prime ministers and their efforts to redefine the nation in a post-imperial world.

In 2013 Curran was the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin, and in 2010 held the DFAT/ Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-US Alliance Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Prior to joining academia, he served in various roles in the Australian Public Service, including in the Prime Minster's Department, the Department of Defence and the Office of National Assessments.

Curran has also been interviewed on ABC and commercial radio and TV, and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Spectator and The Australian Financial Review.