Clare Corbould specialises in African American history. In 2009, she published Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 (Harvard University Press). The book won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for First Book of History, was shortlisted for two other prizes and named a 2009 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's magazine, Choice. She has written numerous articles and book chapters about twentieth-century African American history and culture. These include publications in Radical History Review, Journal of Social History, Journal of American Studies, Transition, and in collections published by UNC Press, University of Georgia Press, and Columbia University Press.
With the support of an Australia Research Council Future Fellowship and large Discovery Project grant, Clare is currently writing two books. The first is about interviews in the United States with elderly men and women who had been enslaved as children, which took place in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. With Michael McDonnell (University of Sydney), she is writing a book about the memory and legacy of the American Revolution among African Americans. A co-edited collection related to the latter topic, Remembering the Revolution, appeared in 2013.
Clare also has a growing interest in unfree labour and its aftermath in Australia, especially in relation to the United States, and has published a few articles and chapters on the topic. With Hilary Emmett (University of East Anglia), she is co-authoring work on the legacy of Atlantic slavery in Australia.
In addition to the Australian Research Council, the following bodies have supported Clare's research: Australian Academy of the Humanities; Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; American Philosophical Society; Beinecke Library at Yale University; Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; and Fulbright Australia.
Educated at the University of Sydney, Clare joined Deakin in 2018 after working for fifteen years at Monash University and the University of Sydney, where she also received a Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence award.
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African American history and culture
United States history
Histories of race, racism, and anti-racism
2018-: Convenor, Deakin Contemporary Histories Research Group (CHRG)
2018-2020: Program Committee, 2020 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities at Johns Hopkins University
2015-2018: Co-convenor, Melbourne Feminist History Group
2015-2018: Editorial Board, American Studies
2015-: Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of American Studies
2012-2015: Editor, Australasian Journal of American Studies
2014-2015: Judge, Lawrence W. Levine Award Committee, Organization of American Historians
2013-2014: International Committee, Organization of American Historians
2015; 2008: Co-convenor, biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference
2004-2012: Executive Committee, Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association
2010: Biennial Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for First Book of History
2010: Commended, W. K. Hancock Prize, Australian Historical Association
2009: Shortlist, NSW Premier’s General History Prize
2009: Choice (magazine of the American Library Association), “Outstanding Academic Title”
2005: University of Sydney Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award
C Corbould, Hilary Emmett
(2018), Vol. 52, pp. 602-617, Journal of American studies, Cambridge, Eng., C1
(2018), Vol. 2018, pp. 144-171, Radical History Review, Durham, N.C., C1
(2018), pp. 47-70, Race capital? : Harlem as setting and symbol, New York, N.Y., B1
(2017), pp. 79-97, Transition, Bloomington, Ind., C1
(2017), Vol. 15, pp. 1-17, History compass, Chichester, Eng., C1
(2017), pp. 25-46, Reconsidering roots: race, politics, and memory, Athens, Ga., B1
M McDonnell, C Corbould, F Clarke, W Brundage
(2013), Amherst, Mass., A1
(2011), pp. 259-288, Beyond blackface: African Americans and the creation of American popular culture, 1890-1930, Chapel Hill, N.C., B1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Australian Competitive Grants
Talking Slavery in the New Deal: Re-examining the Origins of American Social History
A/Prof Clare Corbould
ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships
- 2018: $16,236
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