Recent Completions

In February, Sarah Dunstan received word that she had successfully passed her PhD. Sarah’s dissertation, completed under the direction of Shane White, is entitled “A Tale of Two Republics: Race, Rights, and Revolution, 1919-1963.” Her reports were unanimous that the dissertation needed no more revision and was ready to be accepted immediately. One reviewer noted that ” This is an extraordinarily ambitious study, which addresses multiple histories, multiple historiographies, and multiple scholarly audiences,” while another pointed to how “she skillfully distributes (her research)…through an ambitious synthetic narrative that spans most of the 20th century and encompasses a wide range of actors, movements, ideologies, debates and events not only in France and the United States but in French Caribbean and African colonies as well.” A glimpse of some of her work can be found in a recent blog post she wrote for the Journal of the History of Ideas. Please join us in congratulating Sarah.
Many congratulations to Sarah Anne Bendall for the successful submission of her Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Bodies of Whalebone, Wood, Metal, and Cloth: Shaping Femininity in England, 1560-1690,” which she completed under the direction of Dr. Julie Ann Smith. Sarah’s reviewers were universally impressed by her research and writing, with one noting the thesis “is sophisticated, wide-ranging and highly ambitious in scope,” another calling it “one of the best I have read to date,” while the third heaped praise on her nuanced argument and substantial research. Some of the innovative work she did for her thesis can be found on her blogsite. Please join us in congratulating Sarah on her incredibly impressive achievement.

Congratulations to Ben Silverstein


Congratulations to Ben Silverstein, who will be taking up, from March 2018, a five-year PDRA position in Ann McGrath’s Laureate Fellowship programme, based at the ANU. Ben will be working on a project titled ‘Rediscovering the Deep Human Past’ that will expand the scope and scale of studies of Australia’s ‘long history’. In particular, he will collaborate with scholars in other disciplines as well as Indigenous community groups to map and track deep histories in landscapes. Additionally, in 2018 the two books he has worked on here at Sydney will appear: an edited collection, Conflict, Adaptation, Transformation: Richard Broome and the Practice of Aboriginal History (Aboriginal Studies Press); and the monograph: Governing Natives: Indirect Rule in Settler Colonial Australia and the British Empire (Manchester University Press).
While he will be missed here at Sydney, we wish him all the best for this exciting opportunity.