Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Professor Sean Brawley

MHPIR - Sean Brawley


Email: sean.brawley@mq.edu.au
Phone: 9850 1013

Profile

I completed my PhD at the University of New South Wales in 1992.  My thesis examined foreign relations and Asian immigration to Australasia and North America.  It became my first book The White Peril: Foreign Relations and Asian Immigration to Australasia and North America (UNSW Press, 1994).  Since 1988 I have taught at the University of Wollongong, Massey University (NZ), Australian Catholic University and Georgetown University.  I arrived at Macquarie from my position as Associate Dean (Education) and Professor of History at UNSW.  As well as a number of institutional awards I am a recipient of the Australian College of Educators Quality Teaching Award and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (now Office of Learning and Teaching) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  I am a founder and the current Secretary of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History, Vice-President and Asia-Pacific Director of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Australasian Editor of the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.  I served on the ALTC Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project which established national standards for the study of History at Bachelor's level and led a national project which examined issues around the implementation of national standards.

Research Interests

My disciplinary research explores the themes of migration, war, sport and terrorism in the Asia-Pacific in transnational focus and especially Australia's Asian context.  I am the author or co-author of 8 monographs, 2 textbooks and two edited collections plus a large number of other scholarly publications. My latest book (co-authored with Chris Dixon from UQ) The South Seas: A Reception History from Daniel DeFoe to Dorothy Lamour was published by Lexington Books (Baltimore, 2015). I am currently completing an ARC Discovery funded project on the first successful legal challenge to the White Australia Policy and commencing another ARC Discovery funded project (with colleagues from Monash University) on Australia's Asian Garrisons.

Teaching Responsibilities 

Professor Brawley teaches MHIST205: Australians at War with Dr Matt Bailey.  He is available for research supervision in his areas of expertise.

Research

Current Research Projects
 

  • Mrs O'Keefe and the Battle of White Australia: Episodes in a history of Australia and Asia:  This project examines a series of episodes in the history of Australia's Asian context culminating in the first successful legal challenge to the White Australia Policy in 1949.  It utilises research and writing methodologies informed by Geertzian "thick description", life history, micro history, transnational history and histoire croisée (entangled history). The project has been funded by the Australian Research Council.
  • Australia's Asian garrisons and regional engagement, 1945-1988: This project examines Australia's overseas military communities, which saw over 100,000 Australian service personnel and their families reside in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong between 1945 and 1988. By undertaking the first detailed analysis of these communities as major sites of cultural contact, the project seeks to integrate the experiences of service personnel, their families and host societies into the history of regional relationships. It is anticipated that the project will expand and reinterpret the history of Australia's engagement with Asia, and extend the international scholarship on military bases, by focusing on the role of overseas garrisons in bilateral and regional relations. A collaborative project with colleagues from Monash University, the project has been funded by the Australian Research Council.
  • Blown Away: A History of Australian Terrorism and Politically-Motivated Violence:  This project seeks to complete the first general survey history of terrorism and politically motivated violence in Australia.  It is being undertaken in partnership with the independent scholar Ian Shaw.  A number of publications have already resulted from this project.
  • The Big Game:  Rugby Union and Californian Identity (1907-1924):From 1907 until the Great War Rugby Union was the most popular sporting code in California.  This project examines the origins of Rugby Union's rise in California and its connections to Californian identity, and by extension, American identity in the early decades of the twentieth century.

 

Publications

Books

  • Brawley SS and Dixon C. 2015 The South Seas: A Reception History from Daniel DeFoe to Dorothy Lamour, Lexington Books
  • Brawley SS and Guoth N, (eds) 2013 Ausrralia's Asian Sporting Context, 1920-30s, Routledge
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C, 2012, Hollywood's South Seas and the Pacific War: Searching for Dorothy Lamour, First, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012,http://us.macmillan.com/hollywoodssouthseasandthepacificwar/SeanBrawley
  • Brawley SS, (ed.), 2009, Doomed to Repeat? Terrorism and the Lessons of History, First, New Academia Publishing, Washington, DC
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C; Trefalt C, 2009, Competing Voices from the Pacific War: Fighting Words, First Hardback, Greenwood, Santa Barbara, California
  • Brawley SS, 2007, The Bondi Lifesaver: a history of an Australian Icon, ABC Books, Sydney, Australia
  • Brawley SS, 1996, Beach beyond: a history of the Palm Beach Surf Club, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
  • Brawley SS, 1996, Vigilant and victorious: a community history of the Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club, Collaroy SLSC, Sydney
  • Brawley SS, 1995, The White Peril: foreign relations and Asian immigration to Australiasia and North America, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
  • Brawley SS, 1995, Beating the odds: thirty years of the totalizator agency board of New South Wales, Focus Books, Double Bay, Sydney

Book Chapters

  • Brawley SS and Dixon C. 2015 'South Seas Lore: anthropology, cultural determinism and the Pacific War', in Christina Twomey and Ernest Koh (eds), The Pacific War: Aftermaths, remembrance and culture, Routledge, London, pp. 169-187.
  • Brawley SS, 2011, 'Ambassadors of Peace!: Sport, Race, Cultural Diplomacy, and the 1927 Takaishi/Saito Swimming Tour of Australia', in Adair D (ed.), Sport, Race, and Ethnicity: Narratives of Difference and Diversity, edn. First, Fitness Info Tech,West Virginia University, Morgantown, pp. 115 - 137
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C, 2010, 'Colonel Zimmer's Sea Shell Collection: Souvenirs, experience validation and American service personnel in the wartime South Pacific', in Ahrens P; Dixon C (ed.), Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings, edn. First, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 77 - 89
  • Brawley SS, 2010, 'Racial Terrorism: Recalibrating the Chinese Experience in Colonial Australia', in Lincoln R; Robinson S (ed.), Crime over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punnishment in Australia, edn. First, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 83 - 110
  • Brawley SS, 2009, 'Clio Meets CT: The Place of History in Terrorism Studies and Counter-Terrorism', in Brawley S (ed.), Doomed to Repeat? Terrorism and the Lessons of History, edn. First, New Academia Publishing, Washington, DC, pp. 1 - 16
  • Brawley SS, 2009, 'Transdisciplinarity, Signature Pedagogy, and the Place of History in Terrorism Studies', in Brawley S (ed.), Doomed to Repeat? Terrorism and the Lessons of History, edn. First, New Academia Publishing, Washington, DC, pp. 81 - 96
  • Brawley SS; Shaw I, 2009, 'Echoes of Distant Thunder: Musings on a History of Terrorism in Australia', in Brawley S (ed.), Doomed to Repeat? Terrorism and the Lessons of History, edn. First, New Academia Publishing, Washington, DC, pp. 217 - 251
  • Brawley SS, 2006, 'Surf bathing and surf lifesaving: origins and beginnings', in Between flags: one hundred summers of Australian surf lifesaving, edn. 1, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 23 - 48
  • Brawley SS, 2003, 'Legacies: the white Australia policy and foreign relations since 1973', in Walker D; Jayasuriya L; Gothard J (ed.), Legacies of white Australia: race, culture and nation, edn. First, UWA Press, Perth, pp. 93 - 109
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C, 2002, '`Tan Yanks` amid a `semblance of civilisation`: African American encounters with the South Pacific 1941-1945', in Bastian P; Bell R (ed.), Through depression and war: the United States and Australia, pp. 92 - 109
  • Brawley SS, 2002, 'Hangkuk, Daihan, Korean: Korean voices of the Wol-nam-jon/American war/Vietnam war', in Dixon C; Anton L (ed.), War, society and culture : approaches and issues : selected papers from the November 2001 symposium, Research Group for War, Society and Culture, Callaghan NSW, pp. 73 - 104
  • Brawley SS, 2001, '`Our lifesavers` the Royal Lifesaving Society and the origins of surf life saving in federation Sydney', in Sport, Federation, Nation, Walla Walla Press, Sydney, pp. 139 - 164
  • Brawley SS, 1997, 'The Pacific Islander Community', in Sporting Immigrants: Ethnicity and Sport in Australia, Walla Walla Press, Crows Nest, NSW, pp. 116 - 125
  • Brawley SS, 1997, 'Surf LIfe Saving', in Sporting Immigrants: Ethnicity and Sport in Australia, Walla Walla Press, Crows Nest, NSW, pp. 210 - 218
  • Brawley SS, 1996, 'Da Heer Evatt: The O`Keefe Case and Dutch Perceptions of Australian Foreign Policy', in Brave new world: Dr HV Evatt and AUstralian Foreign Policy 1941-1949, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 131 - 145,http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:190882/D767_8_B73_1996.pdf

Journal articles

  • Brawley SS; 2016 ''Days of Rage' Downunder: Considering American Influences on  'Home-Grown' Terrorism and ASIO's response in 1970s Australia,  Australian Historical Studies, 47(2), 295-310
  • Brawley SS; Clark J; Dixon C; Lisa Ford, Nielsen E; Ross S; and Upton S. 2015 'History on Trial: Evaluating Learning Outcomes through Audit and Accreditation in a National Standards Environment', Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, vol. 3, no. 2 (2015), pp. 89-105.
  • Brawley SS; Clark J; Ross S; Dixon C; Ford L, 2013, 'Learning outcomes assessment and History: TEQSA, the After Standards Project and the QA/QI challenge in Australia', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 20 - 35
  • Brawley SS, 2012, 'The 'Spirit of Berrington House': The future of Indonesia in wartime Australia, 1943-1945', Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 40, no. 117, pp. 175 - 192,http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2012.683669
  • Brawley SS, 2012, ''Can you imagine the shire without the sharks!?: Building the community capital of the cronulla-sutherland Rugby League club - From 1967 to the eve of super League in 1996', The International Journal of the History of Sport, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 492 - 508,http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2012.662585
  • Brawley SS, 2012, 'Second rate Java Jaunters: soccer football, the imaginary grandstand, cultural diplomacy and Australia's Asian context', Sport in Society, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 504 - 528,http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2012.672235
  • Brawley SS, 2012, 'Australia's Asian sporting context', Sport in Society, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 421 - 427,http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2012.672230
  • Brawley SS, 2010, '"They Came , They Saw, They Conquered": The Takaishi/Saito Tour of 1926-27 and Australian Perceptions of Japan', Sporting Traditions, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 49 - 66
  • Brawley SS, 2010, 'Jefferson, Fighting for Hope: African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in World War II and Postwar America (Book Review)', Pacific Historical Review, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 303 - 303
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C, 2010, 'Who Owns the Kokoda Trail? Australian Mythologies, Colonial Legacies and Mining in Papua New Guinea', Social Alternatives, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 24 - 29
  • Brawley SS; Gascoigne J, 2010, 'Teaching and Learning History, Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility', Studies in Western Australian History, vol. 26, pp. 37 - 50
  • Brawley SS, 2009, 'Your Shire, Your Sharks: The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Delocalization v. Glocalization in Australian Rugby League', The International Journal of the History of Sport, vol. 26, no. 11, pp. 1697 - 1715
  • Brawley SS; Kelly T; Timmins G, 2009, 'SoTL and national difference: Musings from three historians from three countries', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice, vol. 8, pp. 8 - 25
  • Brawley SS, 2008, 'Internationalising Peer Review in Teaching and Learning', International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 8
  • Brawley SS, 2007, 'The Internationalisation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The Formation of Historysotl', History Australia, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 10
  • Brawley SS, 2007, 'The tread of a white man`s foot. Australian Pacific colonialism and the cinema, 19251962', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 381 - 383
  • Brawley SS, 2006, 'The long, slow death of white Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 37, pp. 238 - 239
  • Brawley SS, 2006, '`Terrorists Beware! Rugby Player on Board`: 11 September and Naturalising American Rugby', Football Studies, vol. 9, pp. 22 - 39
  • Brawley SS, 2003, 'Saving the South Seas: Thomas Heggen and Mister Roberts', Inter-Cultural Studies, vol. 3, pp. 17 - 24
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C, 2002, 'Jim Crow Downunder? African American encounters with white Australia, 1942-1945', Pacific Historical Review, vol. 71, pp. 607 - 632
  • Brawley SS, 2001, 'Surf lifesaving owes no person a living: a third sector case study', Labour History, pp. 75 - 92
  • Bell RJ; Brawley SS, 1999, 'Between history and geography: debates on Australia and Asia', Critical Asian Studies, pp. 66 - 70
  • Brawley SS; Dixon C, 1999, 'Searching for Dorothy Lamour: war & sex in the South Pacific, 1941-45',Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 18, pp. 3 - 18
  • Brawley SS, 1998, 'Engaging the past: Australian politics and the history of Australian-Asian relations',Asian Perspective, pp. 157 - 170
  • Brawley SS, 1997, 'A Comfortable and Relaxed Past: John Howard and the Battle for History - The First Phase, February 1992 - March 1996', Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History (http://www.jcu.edu.ff/history/home), pp. 13 - 25
  • Brawley SS, 1995, 'The Department of Immigration and abolition of the White Australia Policy reflected through the private diaries of Sir Peter Heydon', Australian Journal of Politics and History, pp. 420 - 434

Text Books

  • Bell, R, Brawley SS, Dixon C. 2005 Conflict in the Asia-Pacific 1937-1951,Cambridge University Press                                
  • Brawley SS, Dixon C, Green J. Conflict in Indo-China, 1954 - 1979,Cambridge University Press