Full name: Associate Professor Russell McGregor

Position: Associate Professor, History - James Cook University, Townsville

Role in the project: Chief Investigator

Brief Background bio:

Russell McGregor has published extensively on the history of settler Australian policies and attitudes toward Aboriginal people.

His major books are Imagined Destinies: Aboriginal Australians and the Doomed Race Theory (1997), winner of the 1998 WK Hancock Award, and Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation (2011), which won the 2012 NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History.

He also researches and writes on the history of Australian nationalism and environmental history.

Russell McGregor

Above: Russell McGregor with Rebecca Fisher, Collections Officer in the Cultural Heritage Branch of the Australia Museum, examining a rainforest shield collected by Walter Roth. Photo: Maureen Fuary

Recent publications:

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2011.

‘A Dog in the Manger: White Australia and its Vast Empty Spaces’, Australian Historical Studies, vol.43, no.2, 2012, pp.157-173.

Another Nation: Aboriginal Activism in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s’, Australian Historical Studies, vol.40, no.2, September 2009, pp.343-360.

‘One People: Aboriginal Assimilation and the White Australia Ideal’, History Australia, vol.6, no.1, April 2009, pp.03.1-03.17.

‘Arguing About Assimilation: Indigenous Policy and Advocacy in Australia’, in Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths (eds), Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian History, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2009, pp.260-87.