Chris Dixon

Professor

1988 …2020

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Biography

Chris's research focuses on American history, including African American history, US military history, and American cultural history.  His most recent book, African Americans and the Pacific War: Race, Nationality, and the Fight for Freedom, was published by Cambridge University Press in late 2018.

After completing his BA (Hons) and MA at the University of Western Australia, Chris completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales. A revised version of his PhD thesis, Perfecting the Family: Antislavery Marriages in Nineteenth-Century America, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. His next book, African America and Haiti: Emigration and Black Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century was published in 2000 by Greenwood Press. Subsequently, Chris's research has focused on the social and cultural dimensions of war; his publications in that field include coauthored textbooks examining the Vietnam and Pacific wars, and Hollywood's South Seas and the Pacific War (coauthored with Professor Sean Brawley). He has also coauthored The South Seas: A Reception History from Daniel Defoe to Dorothy Lamour.

Prior to arriving at Macquarie in 2016, Chris held appointments at the University of Sydney, Massey University, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Queensland. Chris has served two terms as President of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, as well as President of the International Society for Cultural History. He has been the recipient of grants from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Grant and the Australian Research Council. In 2016 he held the Fulbright Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies.

Research interests

Chris's current research focuses on the part played by African Americans in the Korean War, and on American servicemen on R & R in Australia during the Vietnam War. 

External positions

Reader in History, The University of Queensland

20072016

Associate Professor of History, University of Newcastle

19942007

Lecturer in History, Massey University

19931994

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