Paul Strangio

Assoc Professor


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Personal profile


Paul is an associate professor of Politics. He has twice been the convenor of Politics and International Relations in 2007-08 and 2012-16. Since 2018, he has been deputy head of the School of Social Sciences.

Paul specialises in Australian political history with a particular focus on biography, political leadership and political parties. He is an author and editor of eleven books. These include his acclaimed biography, Keeper of the Faith: A Biography of Jim Cairns (2002); Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria (2012); and (with Paul 't Hart and James Walter); Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (2016); and The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016 (2017).

Paul is a two-time recipient (in 2013 and 2019) of the Henry Mayer Book Prize for Australian Politics (awarded biennially the Australian Political Studies Association for the best book on Australian Politics).

Paul has been a frequent commentator on Australian politics in the print and electronic media, including contributing many op/ed pieces to the Melbourne Age and for a number of years has had a regular politics segment on the Evening Program on ABC Radio Melbourne.

In 2018, Paul was appointed Visiting Cabinet Historian to the National Archives of Australian.

Research area keywords

  • Australian politics
  • Australian history
  • Political history
  • Political Leadership
  • Prime ministers
  • Presidents
  • Political Parties
  • Executive government
  • Biography

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Research Output

'Ringside': Review of Laura Tingle 'Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman'

Strangio, P. A., Nov 2018, 6 p. Melbourne Vic Australia : Australian Book Review.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Simply waltzing on? Reflections on the performance of the Canberra Press Gallery in an era of prime-ministerial instability

Simons, M. & Strangio, P., 1 May 2018, In : Media International Australia. 167, 1, p. 41-56 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The Turning Point of Leadership

Strangio, P. A., 't Hart, P. & Walter, J. A., 2018, The Knowledge Solution Politics. Grattan, M. (ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, p. 104-113 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Turnbull versus Shorten: The Major Party Leadership Contest

Strangio, P. A. & Walter, J. A., 2018, Double Disillusion: The 2016 Australian Federal Election. Gauja, A., Chen, P., Curtin, J. & Pietsch, J. (eds.). Canberra ACT Australia: The Australian National University, p. 81-106 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Henry Mayer Book Prize for Australian Politics

Paul Strangio (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Henry Mayer Prize for Australian Politics

Paul Strangio (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)