Clare Corbould specialises in African American history, with a growing interest in unfree labour and its aftermath in Australia. Clare is currently working on a book 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, she is also writing 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 and Hilary Emmett are co-authoring work on the legacy of Atlantic slavery in Australia.
In 2009 Clare 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 African American history and culture, including two recent publications on the blockbuster 1977 miniseries, Roots.
Clare's forthcoming work includes:
- "Race, Photography, Labor, and Entrepreneurship in the Life of Maurice Hunter, Harlem's 'Man of 1,000 Faces,'" Radical History Review, 132 (2018).
- "Australian Afterlives of Atlantic Slavery: Belatedness and Transpacific American Studies," Journal of American Studies (2018) (with Hilary Emmett).
- "Class, Gender, and Community in Harlem Sketches: Representing Black Urban Modernity in Interwar Newspapers," in Race Capital? Harlem as Setting and Symbol, ed. Andrew M. Fearnley and Daniel Matlin (New York: Columbia University Press).
Clare's research has been supported by the Australian Research Council (a Future Fellowship; and Discovery Project Grant with Michael McDonnell and Fitzhugh Brundage); the Australian Academy of the Humanities; and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She has also received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society; the Beinecke Library at Yale University; the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; and Fulbright Australia.
Clare joined Deakin in 2018 after working for fifteen years at Monash University and the University of Sydney. She also received her BA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney. Although she is not teaching at present, she welcomes honours, MA, and PhD students.
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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
(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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