Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Staff

Professor Chris Dixon

Professor Chris Dixon
Office: W6A 403
Phone: +61 2 9850 6808
Fax: +61 2 9850 6064
Email: chris.dixon@mq.edu.au

Profile:

After completing his BA (Hons) and MA at the University of Western Australia, Chris completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales. A revised version of his PhD thesis, Perfecting the Family: Antislavery Marriages in Nineteenth-Century America, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. His next book, African America and Haiti: Emigration and Black Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century was published in 2000 by Greenwood Press. Subsequently, Chris's research has focused on the social and cultural dimensions of war; his publications in that field include co-authored textbooks examining the Vietnam and Pacific wars, and Hollywood's South Seas and the Pacific War (co-authored with Professor Sean Brawley). Prior to arriving at Macquarie in 2016, Chris held appointments at the University of Sydney, Massey University, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Queensland. Chris has served two terms as President of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, as well as President of the International Society for Cultural History. He has been the recipient of grants from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Grant and the Australian Research Council. In 2016 he held the Fulbright Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies.

Research Interests
Chris's current research focuses on the part played by African Americans in the Pacific War. His forthcoming book on that subject is under contract to Cambridge University Press.

Teaching Responsibilities
Professor Dixon teaches courses on American History, and he is available to supervise theses in that area, as well as in various topics pertaining to military history.

Academic Qualifications:

- Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle (Australia)
- PhD, University of New South Wales
- MA, University of Western Australia
- BA (Hons), University of Western Australia

Major Honors, Grants, and Awards

- Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian - U.S. Relations (2016-17)
- Visiting Chair in Australian Studies, University of Tokyo (2016: Not taken up)
- African Americans in the Pacific War, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2013-15)
- External Researcher Award, United States Studies Center (2012)
- Priority Project, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (with Sean Brawley, et al) (2011-12)
- Manning Clark House Residential Fellowship (2011)

Significant Leadership and Service Responsibilities:

- 2016: Project Manager, Research Higher Degrees, Enhancing Systems and Services Project, University of Queensland
- 2014-16: Director of Research & Research Training, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Queensland
- 2012-13: Associate Dean, Research Higher Degrees, Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland
- 2011-14: Editor, International Society for Cultural History Book Series, Pickering and Chatto, London
- 2010-14: President, Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association
- 2008-9: President, International Society for Cultural History
- 2007: Deputy Head of School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle
- 1996-2002: Review Editor (History), Australasian Journal of American Studies

Supervision:

I have supervised over 70 Honors and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

Publications
Books

- The South Seas: A Reception History from Daniel Defoe to Dorothy Lamour (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015). (With Sean Brawley.)
- Hollywood's South Seas and the Pacific War: Searching for Dorothy Lamour (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). (With Sean Brawley.)
- Coast to Coast and the Islands in Between: Case Studies in Modern Pacific Crossings (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). (Co-edited with Prue Ahrens.)
- Competing Voices from the Pacific War: Fighting Words (Santa Barbara, California: ABC Clio, 2009). (With Sean Brawley and Beatrice Trefalt.)
- Conflict in the Pacific, 1937-1951 (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2005). (pp.235) (With Sean Brawley and Roger Bell)
- Conflict in Indochina, 1954-1979 (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2005). (pp.220) (With Sean Brawley and Jeffrey Green)
- African America and Haiti: Emigration and Black Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century (Westport, Connecticut, & London: Greenwood Press, 2000). (pp.249 + xii)
- Perfecting the Family: Antislavery Marriages in Nineteenth-Century America (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997) (pp.322 + xiii).

Book Chapters

- "The Anti-Vietnam War Movement: International Activism and the Search for World Peace," in History of World Peace, ed. Christian Peterson and William Knoblauch (Forthcoming: Routledge Press, 2017). (With Jon Piccini)
- "Islanders and Christians," in Herman Melville in Context, ed. Kevin Hayes (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017) (With Sean Brawley)
- "South Seas Lore: Anthropology, Cultural Determinism, and the Pacific War," in The Pacific War, 1941-1945: Aftermaths, Remembrance, and Culture, ed. Christina Twomey and Ernest Koh) (London: Routledge. 2014): 169-87. (With Sean Brawley)
- "Traversing the Pacific: The March of Modernity from Coast to Coast," in Coast to Coast and the Islands in Between: Case Studies in Modern Pacific Crossings, ed. Prue Ahrens and Chris Dixon (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), 1-7. (With Prue Ahrens.)
- "Colonel Zimmer's Sea Shell Collection: Souvenirs, Experience Validation, and American Service Personnel in the Wartime South Pacific," in Coast to Coast and the Islands in Between: Case Studies in Modern Pacific Crossings, d. Prue Ahrens and Chris Dixon (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), 77-87. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "Australian Vietnam Veterans and the Legacies of a Lost War," in Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War, ed. Martin Crotty and Marina Larsson (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010), 126-44.
- "Haitian National Identity, 1770s to 1880s," in Nations and Nationalisms in Global Perspective, ed. Guntram Herb and David Kaplan (Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, 2008), I: 332-43.
- "'No Fortunate Son': Billy Jack and Images of Vietnam Veterans, 1967-1977," in Martin Crotty, ed., When the Soldiers Return (Brisbane: School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland, 2009), 97-104.
- "Denouncing the 'Horrible and Deadly Game': Martin Luther King, Jr., and African American Opposition to the Vietnam War," in Faces of War Phases of Reconciliation, ed. Ülkü Donagay, (Ankara: Ankara University Printing House, 2004), 59-74.
- "'Tan Yanks' amid a 'Semblance of Civilization': African American Encounters with the South Pacific, 1942-1945," in Through Depression and War: The United States and Australia, ed. Peter Bastian and Roger Bell (Sydney: Australian-American Fulbright Association and the Australian New Zealand American Studies Association, 2002), 92-109. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "Australian Rules Football," in Sporting Immigrants: Sport and Ethnicity in Australia, ed. Richard Cashman, et al, (Crows Nest, NSW: Walla Walla Press, 1997). (With Rob Hess and Rob Stewart.)

Refereed Journal Articles

- "History on Trial: Evaluating Learning Outcomes through Audit and Accreditation in a National Standards Environment," Teaching and Learning Enquiry: The ISSOTL Journal 3 (2015): 89-105. (co-authored with Sean Brawley, et al).
- "Redeeming the Warrior: Mythmaking and Australia's Vietnam Veterans," Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 (2014): 214-28.
- "Learning Outcomes, Assessments, and History: TEQSA, the After Standards Project, and the QA/QI Challenge in Australia," Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 12 (2013): 20-35. (With Sean Brawley, Jennifer Clark, Lisa Ford, Erik Nielson, Shawn Ross, and Stuart Upton)
- "Applying Standards to Tertiary-Level History: Policy, Challenges and the After Standards Project," History Australia, 8 (2011): 177-194. (With Sean Brawley, Jennifer Clark, Lisa Ford, Shawn Ross, and Stuart Upton)
- "Who Owns the Kokoda Trail?: Australian Mythologies, Colonial Legacies, and Mining in Papua New Guinea," Social Alternatives, 28 (2009): 24-29. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "Courageous, Proud, and Frightened: African-American Narratives of the Vietnam War," Inter-cultural Studies, 6 (2006): 1-8.
- "Jim Crow Down-under: African American Encounters with White Australia, 1942-45," Pacific Historical Review, 71 (2002): 607-32. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "Wrong, Colonel Kilgore, This War isn't Going to End: The Enduring Power of the Vietnam War in American Culture," Inter-cultural Studies, 2 (2002): 50-59.
- "Denouncing the Brotherhood of Thieves: Stephen Symonds Foster and the Abolitionist Critique of the Anti-abolitionist Clergy," Civil War History, 47 (2001): 97-117. (With Troy Duncan.)
- "War and Sex in the South Pacific, 1941-1945," Australasian Journal of American Studies, 18 (July, 1999): 3-18. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "'A True Manly Life': Abolitionism and the Masculine Ideal," Mid-America: An Historical Review, 77 (1995): 213-36.
- "Nineteenth-Century African-American Emigrationism: The Failure of the Haitian Alternative," Western Journal of Black Studies, 18 (1994): 77-88.
- "The Hollywood Native: Hollywood's Construction of the South Seas & Wartime Encounters with the South Pacific," Sites: A Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies, 27 (1994): 15-29. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "An Ambivalent Black Nationalism: Haiti, Africa, and Antebellum African-American Emigrationism," Australasian Journal of American Studies, 10 (1991): 10-25.
- "'Prelude to Prometheus': The American Decision to Invade Cambodia, April 1970," Teaching History, 23 (1990): 4-14. (With Sean Brawley.)
- "'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and Brown Buddies': An Exploration of Australian and American Perceptions of New Guinea Natives During the Pacific War," International Journal of Historical Studies, 1 (1988): 7-26. (With Sean Brawley.)

Other publications:

- "Lydia Maria Child," The Oxford Encyclopaedia of American Social History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
- "Vietnam, The Ten Thousand Day War: Ten Thousand Days On," in Peter Rollins, John O'Connor, and James Knecht, eds., Proceedings of the 2006 Film and History Conference: War in Film, Television, and History, (2007).
- "Gender Relations within Abolitionism," in Peter Hinks and John McKivigan, eds., Encyclopaedia of Antislavery and Abolition (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2006) Volume 1, 295-97.
- "Cry a Little, Laugh a Lot: The Vietnam War in Australian Popular Culture," in Peter Rollins, John O'Connor, and James Knecht, eds., Proceedings of the 2004 Film and History Conference: War in Film, Television, and History, (2005).
- War, Society, and Culture: Approaches and Issues (Newcastle: Research Group for War, Society, and Culture, 2002). (Co-edited with Luke Auton.)
- "Mary Grew," in J. Garraty, ed., American National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 1998) 9: 575-76.