Award-winning teaching


Direct engagement with Asian and Pacific societies

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Focus on documentary, oral, and visual materials


Consistent highest ERA rating for History

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Strong tradition of research and teaching

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Our distinctiveness lies in our direct engagement with Asian and Pacific societies on fundamental questions of identity and meaning. By emphasizing the resonances of past and present, our work forms an essential link between the College of Asia and the Pacific and the societies it studies. 

History as a discipline examines the meaning of the human condition by exploring experiences, memories and reconfigurations of the past, and by examining processes of political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual and environmental change over periods ranging from the very long to the very short.

The work of the Department includes academic research, publication, undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision on a wide range of issues related to the histories and cultures of Asia and Oceania.

Our research is marked by close attention to documentary, oral, and visual materials. We combine particular empirical interests with reflection on the nature of historical inquiry, representation and writing in history and related disciplines. Our methods include the deep reading of texts for meaning and the rigorous practice of documentary study and criticism.

A vigorous historical research presence in the College provides a temporal perspective on current developments in the Asia and Pacific region, contributing to the deep understanding of contemporary political, social and economic processes.

A short video documenting The Fascinating Tale of Futuna Island: Repatriating Ancestral Remains after 56 Years

Professor Li Narangoa

Professor Li Narangoa

Professor Simon Avenell

Professor Simon Avenell

Dr Meera Ashar

Dr Meera Ashar

Associate Professor Chris Ballard

Associate Professor Christopher Ballard

Tomoko Akami

Associate Professor Tomoko Akami

Ruth Barraclough

Associate Professor Ruth Barraclough

Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig

Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig

Dr Mark Strange

Dr Mark Strange

Dr Shuge Wei

Dr Shuge Wei

Keiko Tamura

Dr Keiko Tamura

Adam Broinowski

Dr Adam Broinowski

Prof Kyung Moon

Professor Kyung Moon Hwang


Professor Emerita Tessa Morris-Suzuki (Japan)

Tony Milner

Emeritus Professor Anthony Milner

Emeritus Professor John Makeham

Emeritus Professor John Makeham

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