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A/Prof. Tony Joel



Associate Professor of History


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 522 72580


Tony is an Associate Professor in History.

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Research interests

Tony's current research interests are focused on the history of Australian football, specifically the establishment of the VFL/AFL.


Contemporary Histories Research Group (CHRG), Faculty of Arts and Education

Australian Alumni Association of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD)

Australian Society for Sports History



Teaching interests

Tony's teaching interests include modern German history, the Holocaust, the Cold War, sports history, and historiography.

Units taught

Unit Chair, AIH264 The Holocaust

Unit Chair, AST256 Sport in History


Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts, 2016.

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2012.

Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence, Vice Chancellor's Prizes and Awards, 2011.

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, 2010.

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD) research scholarship, 2005-06.


Tony and his Deakin colleague Professor David Lowe are the General Editors for Routledge's interdisciplinary book series entitled Remembering the Modern World.

Tony's current research focuses on the early history of the VFL/AFL.



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The Cold War and Regions of Memory

David Lowe, Tony Joel

(2022), pp. 19-47, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

On the Take: The 1910 Scandal That Changed Australian Football Forever

Tony Joel, Mathew Turner

(2020), Melbourne, Vic., A1


'Between politics and scholarship': The first decade of the Institut Für Zeitgeschichte, 1949-1958

M Turner, T Joel, D Lowe

(2019), Vol. 49, pp. 250-271, European History Quarterly, C1

journal article

Educational bridges to the intangible: an Australian perspective to teaching and learning about the Holocaust

Tony Joel, Donna Frieze, M Turner

(2018), pp. 221-238, Remembering the Holocaust in educational settings, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

'Playing dead' and killing off amateurism: bribery scandals, illegal player payments, rule expunging, and the Victorian football league's authorization of professionalism in 1911

T Joel, M Turner, C Hutchinson

(2018), Vol. 35, pp. 173-195, International journal of the history of sport, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The Dresden firebombing : memory and the politics of commemorating destruction

T Joel

(2013), London, England, A1


Remembering the Cold War: global contest and national stories

D Lowe, T Joel

(2013), Abingdon, England, A1


Reconstruction over ruins : rebuilding Dresden's Frauenkirche

T Joel

(2012), pp. 197-218, The heritage of war, Abingdon, England, B1

book chapter

Football's world cup and its fans - reflections on national styles : a photo essay on Germany 2006

R Hay, T Joel

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 1-32, Soccer & society, London, England, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

A History of the Geelong Cricket Club.

A/Prof Tony Joel, Mr Mathew Turner

The Tavs Foundation Ltd

  • 2022: $15,000


Principal Supervisor

Emma Jane Parker

Thesis entitled: Gottfried Helnwein's provocation of Austrian memories of the Nazi past

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Ellen Georgina Gray

Thesis entitled: Australia and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Diplomacy in the United Nations

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Lisa Couacaud

Thesis entitled: The Ideal America(n): Dwight Eisenhower's Elusive Search

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Sarah Coates

Thesis entitled: Belsen, Dachau, 1945: Newspapers and the First Draft of History

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mathew John Turner

Thesis entitled: Experts' History: the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial and Anatomie des SS-Staates

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Eric Meadows

Thesis entitled: A diplomatic history of Australia's relations with India 1944-1962

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences