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Biography

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History. She teaches History and International Studies, and is currently researching Australian student activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Kate is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (where she was a University medallist) and Monash University. Her PhD, which addressed the meanings attached to the city and the country in early twentieth-century public life in Australia, won a 2007 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal.

Kate's first book, Fears and Fantasies: Modernity, Gender, and the Rural-Urban Divide (Peter Lang, 2010) explored the powerful influence of rurality in shaping Australian culture and modernity more broadly.

Kate is particularly interested in the role played by gender in Australian culture, and in the history of the family. She has co-authored several articles on the history of formal adoption in Australia.

Kate has taught extensively in the fields of Australian history, modern European history (especially gender history and sexuality), and International Studies. 

Kate authored (with co-author Professor Graeme Davison) a history of Monash University entitled University Unlimited: The Monash Story (Allen and Unwin, 2012). The history spans the founding of Monash in the full flush of post-war prosperity, the baby boom and the growing demand for higher education; the student experience and 'troubles' of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it became a symbolic centre for student radicalism in Australia; and the reforms and expansion from the late 1980s that have transformed Monash into Australia's largest and most international university.

Kate's current research is on the Australian student movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 2005 2015

In the backblocks of capitalism: Australian student activism in the global 1960s

Murphy, K., 2015, In : Australian Historical Studies. 46, 2, p. 252 - 268 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

University Unlimited: The Monash Story

Davison, G. J. & Murphy, K., 2012, Crows Nest NSW Australia: Allen & Unwin. 385 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Fears and Fantasies: Gender, Modernity and the Rural-Urban Divide

Murphy, K., 2010, New York, USA: Peter Lang Publishing. 268 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Feminism and political history

Murphy, K., 2010, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 56, 1, p. 21 - 37 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

"That was then, but this is now": Historical perspectives on intercountry adoption and domestic child adoption in Australian public policy

Cuthbert, D., Spark, C. & Murphy, K., 2010, In : Journal of Historical Sociology. 23, 3, September 2010, p. 427 - 452 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

  • 4 Peer review responsibility
  • 3 Editorial responsibility
  • 2 Thesis Examination
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

History Australia (Journal)

Kate Murphy (Peer reviewer)
14 Mar 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Australian Book Review (Journal)

Kate Murphy (Peer reviewer)
1 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Bernie Taft and 1968: Tanks in Prague, Turmoil in Australian Universities

Kate Murphy (Invited speaker)
24 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Labour History (Journal)

Kate Murphy (Editorial board member)
1 May 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Australian Feminist Studies (Journal)

Kate Murphy (Peer reviewer)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility