A/Prof. Clare Corbould



Associate Head Of School, Research


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus



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. Her articles and book chapters about twentieth-century African American history and culture have appeared in Radical History ReviewJournal of Social HistoryTransition, and in collections published by  Cambridge University Press, 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. It will be published by The New Press. A co-edited collection related to the latter topic, Remembering the Revolution, appeared in 2013.

Clare also has an interest in unfree labour and its aftermath in Australia, especially in relation to the United States. With Hilary Emmett (University of East Anglia), she is co-authoring work on the legacy of Atlantic slavery in Australia. These pieces have appeared in Journal of American Studies and Griffith Review.

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.

Clare tweets @clarecorbould.

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Knowledge areas

African American history and culture

United States history

US-Australian history

Histories of race, racism, and anti-racism

Professional activities

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

2015-2021:  Editorial Board, American Studies

2015-:          Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of American Studies

2015-2018:  Co-convenor, Melbourne Feminist History Group

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 


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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



Angus McCallum

Thesis entitled: The Bundy family and political entrepreneurship in the American West

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences