Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno’s The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia (Black Inc. Books) is contesting the Australian history category, while Professor Ann McGrath’s Illicit Love: Interracial sex and marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press) is vying for the general history prize.
Professor McGrath, Director of the ANU Australian Centre for Indigenous History, had this week started a Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge when she found out. “I woke up with delayed jet lag and checked my emails at 4am and discovered the great news,” she says. “I’m really honoured and excited and pleased to be in excellent company.”
Associate Professor Bongiorno says the ANU School of History provides a supportive environment in which to work and write, as writing a book can be a rather lonely and lengthy exercise.
“On the same day that our Head of School announced to staff the news about Ann and I, he was also able to report that two of our students – Geraldine Fela and Emily Gallagher – had been highly commended for their essays in the international Undergraduate Awards,” Frank says.
“That was another reminder of the stimulating intellectual environment we are privileged to enjoy here at the ANU. Staff, students and visitors all contribute to it.”
Head of School, Professor Nicholas Brown, says the School is honoured to have two nominations for such important awards, and also recognition of the contribution academics seek to make to scholarship that can also energise and inspire public discussion. “Frank and Ann exemplify our commitment to the research-led engagement with both teaching and wider debate: it is a privilege to have them both as colleagues.”
There were a total 172 entries across the awards’ five categories. The winners will be announced on 2 September.
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