Associate Professor James Curran

Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney


Dr Curran teaches Australian history. His current research, funded by an ARC Discovery Project (2010-2012), explores the history of the Australia/US Alliance from Nixon's 1969 Guam Doctrine to the early 1980s, with a particular focus on how each country formulated Asia policy in that period. In 2010 he was the DFAT/ Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australia-US Alliance Studies, based in Washington DC.

His publications include The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image (2004), The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire (Co-authored with Stuart Ward) (2010) and Curtin's Empire (2011).

Prior to joining the university, Dr Curran served in various roles in the Commonwealth Public Service. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as a Policy Adviser in the Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, serving in both its Social Policy and International Divisions. From 2005 to 2007, he was an Analyst in the Americas and Europe Branch of the Office of National Assessments.