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.
I am currently employed at the University of Adelaide as a postdoctoral research fellow on the ARC Linkage Project, 'People, Places, Promises: Social Histories of Holden in Australia', in partnership with researchers from Monash University, the National Library of Australia and the National Motor Museum.
I have also 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 the ARC Discovery Project, 'Second Shock: Australia's Great Depression and the Legacy of World War I' (CI: Prof: Joan Beaumont, ANU), 2016-2017.
My current projects include books on South Australian women's history (forthcoming 2019) and the Save Our Sons movement (forthcoming 2020), and a co-authored biography on Henry Pomeroy Davison (forthcoming 2019, with M. Oppenheimer). In 2018, I co-edited Foundational Fictions in South Australian History, Wakefield Press (with P. Sendziuk).
I have presented my research at conferences in Australia and overseas. In 2018, I presented at the International Federation for Research in Women's History's conference, in Canada, and the International Oral History Association's biennial conference in Finland.
From November 2019, I will be taking over from Professor Philip Payton (Flinders University) as editor of the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia.
I have also worked as a journalist, magazine columnist and communications manager.
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 Op 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 —
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
Year Citation 2019 Collins, C., & Oppenheimer, M. (2019). "People Power": Social Planners and Conflicting Memories of the Australian Assistance Plan.. Labour History, (116), 189-213.
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.
Year Citation 2020 Oppenheimer, M., & Collins, C. M. (2020). Henry Pomeroy Davison: A biography (forthcoming). 2018 Collins, C., & Sendziuk, P. (Eds.) (2018). Foundational Fictions in South Australian History. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.
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). Adelaide: Wakefield Press.
- 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.
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
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Editor Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia University of Adelaide Australia
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