Dr Carolyn Collins

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


Dr Carolyn Collins is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Adelaide with interests in political and social history in Australia and the United States, activism, women's history, journalism, biography and oral history. She is a graduate of the University of Adelaide where her PhD thesis, on women who opposed conscription during the Vietnam War, was awarded the University Medal for Doctoral Excellence.

Dr Carolyn Collins is a Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide where she completed an Arts degree, majoring in History and Classics, and an Honours degree in US History. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the University Doctoral Research Medal.

Her latest book, Save Our Sons: Women, Dissent & Conscription during the Vietnam War was published by Monash University Press in May 2021.She is also the co-author of Trailblazers: 100 Inspiring South Australian Women (with R. Eccleston, Wakefield Press 2019) and the biography Henry Pomeroy Davison (with M. Oppenheimer, IRC 2020). In 2018 she co-edited (with P. Sendziuk) Foundational Fictions in South Australian History (Wakefield Press).

Dr Collins is currently employed on the ARC Linkage Project, 'People, Places, Promises: Social Histories of Holden in Australia', a joint partnership between the University of Adelaide, Monash University, General Motors Holden, the National Library of Australia and the National Motor Museum. As part of this role, she is interviewing former Holden workers for the National Library's oral history collection. In May 2022, a collection of these interviews formed the basis of the exhibition 'Holden & Me: Treasures from a working life', held at the National Motor Museum.

Previously, she worked as a research assistant on the ARC Discovery Project, 'A Bold Experiment: A history of the Australian Assistance Plan' (CIs: Prof. Melanie Oppenheimer, Prof. Erik Eklund  & Prof. Joanne Scott), 2016-2018, which examined the Whitlam Government's radical social welfare agenda; and on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Second Shock: Australia's Great Depression and the Legacy of World War I' (CI: Prof: Joan Beaumont, ANU), 2016-2017.

Dr Collins is editor of the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, a member of the South Australian Working Party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and serves on the committee of Oral History Australia SA/NT.

Her research has been presented at conferences in Australia and overseas including, in 2018, the International Federation for Research in Women's History's conference in Canada, and the International Oral History Association's biennial conference in Finland.

Before joining the history department, she worked as a journalist, magazine columnist and communications manager.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2018 Research Assistant, ARC Discovery Grant: 'Bold Experiment': An Historical Analysis of the Australian Assistance Plan Flinders University, Federation University & University of the Sunshine Coast (CIs: Prof. Melanie Oppenheimer, Prof. Erik Eklund & Prof. Joanne Scott)
    2016 - 2018 Research Assistant, ARC Discovery project, Second Shock: Australia's Great Depression and the Legacy of World War I (CI: Prof. Joan Beaumont) Australian National University
    2015 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2014 Tutor University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award International Association of Australian Studies ECR Publishing Subsidy Scheme Award 2019 University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Research Award 2016 University Doctoral Research Medal University of Adelaide Australia
    2008 Award Barony of Ithaka Prize for the most meritorious student in Byzantine Studies University of Adelaide Australia
    2008 Award Odysseus Meal for Advanced Ancient Greek studies University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts, Classics and History
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Sendziuk, P., & Collins, C. (2021). "It’s like having your home knocked down": Place, Identity and Community at General Motors-Holden’s Woodville Factory. Studies in Oral History, 43.
    2019 Collins, C., & Oppenheimer, M. (2019). "People Power": social planners and conflicting memories of the Australian Assistance Plan. Labour history, 116(116), 189-213.
    DOI
    2018 Oppenheimer, M., Collins, C., & Eklund, E. (2018). The Australian Assistance Plan and the Canadian connection: Origins and legacies. Australian Historical Studies, 49(3), 324-340.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2021 Collins, C. (2021). Save Our Sons Women, Dissent and Conscription During the Vietnam War. Australian History.
    2019 Oppenheimer, M., & Collins, C. M. (2019). Henry Pomeroy Davison. Geneva: International Federation of the Red Cross.
    2019 Collins, C. M., & Eccleston, R. (2019). Trailblazers: 100 inspiring South Australian Women. Adelaide, South Australia: Wakefield Press.
    2018 Collins, C., & Sendziuk, P. (Eds.) (2018). Foundational Fictions in South Australian History. Mile End; South Australia: Wakefield Press.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Collins, C. (2018). Sending Out an SOS: South Australia's Forgotten Anti-conscription crusaders. In C. M. Collins, & P. Sendziuk (Eds.), Foundational Fictions in South Australian History (pp. 177-197). Mile End, South Australia: Wakefield Press.
    2018 Sendziuk, P., & Collins, C. (2018). Beautiful lies? Foundational fictions in South Australian history. In P. Sendziuk, & C. Collins (Eds.), Foundational Fictions in South Australian History (pp. 1-12). Mile End; South Australia: Wakefield Press.
  • Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

    Year Citation
    2021 Bolognese, M., Clark, J., & Collins, C. (2021). Holden and Me: Treasures of a Working Life (No. Of Pieces: 31 May to at least 31 December 2021, plus 18 page catalogue) [Exhbition and catalogue]. Birdwood, South Australia: National Motor Museum.
  • International Association of Australian Studies ECR Publishing Subsidy Scheme Award, 2019
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012-2015

Since 2013, I have tutored in the University of Adelaide's first year history courses 'Empires in World History' and 'Revolutions that Changed the World', as well as marking for higher level courses, 'Migrants and Modern Australia' and 'Australia in the 21st century'. I have also presented guest lectures at UniSA and Flinders University.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member History Council of South Australia Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member International Association of Australian Studies Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Berkshire Conference of Women Historians United States
    2017 - ongoing Member Oral History Association SA/NT Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian Women's History Network Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Editor Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Email: carolyn.collins@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 6
  • Room: 6 19
  • Org Unit: History

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