Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Staff

Dr Keith Rathbone

PhD, Northernwestern University (2015)

Email: Rathbone
Twitter: @keithrathbone

Keith Rathbone (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2015) researches twentieth century French social and cultural history. His manuscript, entitled A Nation in Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France's Dark Years, 1932-1948, examines physical education and sports in order to better understand civic life under the dual authoritarian systems of the German Occupation and the Vichy Regime. In investigating physical culture, he addresses historiographic issues such as the continuity between the Third Republic and the Vichy Regime, the gendered ideology of Vichy sports programs, and the development of collaboration and resistance.
Keith arrives at Macquarie University after previous positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the College of Wooster.  He has also lectured at the Sciences politiques de Paris and Indiana University Northwest.

He holds both a PhD and MA in History from Northwestern University, a BA in History (with honors with distinction) from The Ohio State University, and a BA in French (with honors) from The Ohio State University.  He has also studied at Sciences politiques de Paris, the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, and the Université de Bourgogne in France.

Research and Teaching Interests
Keith's research and teaching interests include: modern French history, modern German history, military history, medical history, and the history of sports and leisure.
At Macquarie University he teaches three courses: MHIS 218 "Football as Global History," MHIS 220 "Twentieth Century Europe," and MHIS 327 "Resisting the Nazis: Fascism and anti-Fascism in Europe."  
He also associate supervises two HDR students - one is investigating the Matildas and feminist politics in Australia since 1974 and the other is examining Americanization in Australia since the 19th century through the lens of Rugby League.  
At other institutions, he has taught courses on the French Revolution, 20th Century French History, War Stories and Soldiering, the History of Modern Warfare, the History of Terrorism, the History of Modern Sport, and both European Civilization and Global History.

Articles and Book Chapters
A Nation in Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France's Dark Years, 1932-1948 in preparation
"Athletes for France or Athletes for the Church" in submission at French History
"Reassessing Paul Voivenel's Mon beau rugby" in Pour le sport: Physical Culture in French and Francophone Literature
"Regards croisés entre médecine et sports" in Les Liaisons dangereuses de la médecine et du sport (Paris: Éditions Glyphe, 2015).
"Dressing the Colonial Body: Senegalese Riflemen in Uniform," in African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).

Guest Expert, ABC News Channel, 7:30 Report, October 9, 2017

2SER, "Drive" segment on the intersection of sports and politics, November 15, 2017
ABC Canberra, "Drive" segment on the intersection of sports and politics, October 13, 2017
ABC Canberra, "Drive" segment on the intersection of sports and politics, September 29, 2017

Popular Pres
"Despite Good Intentions, the Olympics Has Its Limits in Promoting Peace"
The Conversation, February, 2018
"Why US Sports Stars are Taking a Knee against Trump,"
The Conversation, September 26, 2017

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