Associate Staff Profiles

Emeritus Professor David Chandler

David Chandler came to Monash in 1972 and until his retirement twenty-five years later he principally taught Southeast Asian history. From 1979 until his retirement he served as the research director of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies.

David has degrees from Harvard College, Yale University and the University of Michigan. In 1992 he was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and since his retirement he has held adjunct appointments at Cornell University, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin. In 1994, soon after being awarded a personal chair at Monash, he was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

David’s research has focused on the history of Cambodia. His books include A History of Cambodia (4th edition, 2007), Brother Number One: a Political Biography of Pol Pot (2nd edition, 1999) and Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison (1999). He is a co-author (with Ian Mabbett) of The Khmers (1995) and (with Norman Owen, ed. et al.) The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia (2004). He has co-edited five books, two of them since his retirement, and a festschrift in his honor was published in the United States in 2007.

Over the years David has worked as a consultant for Amnesty International, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the US Department of Defense and the Asia Foundation. In 2009 and 2012 he served as an expert witness at the International tribunal to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

Professor Ian Copland

Ian Copland was raised in Perth and educated at the University of Western Australia and Balliol College Oxford. He joined Monash University in 1970 and taught here for nearly forty years, before retiring in 2009. He researches on modern India and Pakistan, Indian religious history and comparative colonialism. His earlier publications, which followed on from his doctoral work, looked at the relations of the Indian princely states with the British Raj during the high, and late, colonial periods; they included The British Raj and the Indian Princes: Paramountcy in Western India, 1857-1930 (Bombay: Orient Longman, 1982) and The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire, 1917-1947 (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997). Subsequently Ian turned to investigating Hindu-Muslim communal relations in the colonial context, and the role of religion in facilitating and complicating the business of governance. The results of these inquiries are reported in: State, Community and Neighbourhood in Princely North India, c. 1900-1950 (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and A History of State and Religion in India (Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2012), jointly written with four colleagues. Ian is currently researching the leadership of India’s Congress Party over the first three decades of Independence. From 2001 to 2010 he edited the journal South Asia. He is a foundation member of the South Asian Studies Association, and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor Graeme Davison

Graeme Davison has written widely in Australian urban and cultural history where his books include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne(1978, revised edition 2004), The Unforgiving Minute (1993), Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered our Cities (2004) and, as co-editor, The Oxford Companion to Australian History (1998) His prominence as a commentator on heritage, museums, archives and other aspects of public history is reflected in The Use and Abuse of Australian History (2000) His most recent book, co-authored with Kate Murphy is University Unlimited: The Monash Story (2012). His current projects include a study of Australian nationalism and a history of Australian suburbia.

Professor Ken Inglis

Ken Inglis is one of Australia’s best known historians. He is currently working towards a book on ‘the Dunera boys’, Germans and Austrians interned in England as enemy aliens and transported to Australia in September 1940 on the ship of that name.

Professor Inglis is the author of several books. They include This is the ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Commission 1932-1983, Melbourne University Press, 1983; The Stuart Case, new edition, Black Inc, 2002; Whose ABC?: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation 1983-2006, Black Inc, 2006; and Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape, third edition, Melbourne University Press, 2008.

Professor Emerita Marian Quartly

Marian Quartly is a leading historian of Australia. Some of her recent publications include

Scully, R. and Quartly, M., eds, 2009, Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence, Monash University ePress, Melbourne Vic Australia.

Grimshaw P., Lake M., McGrath A., Quartly M.(1994), Creating a Nation McPhee Gribble/Penguin, Melbourne. A revised edition was printed with API/Network Press 2006.

Dyrenfurth, N. A., Quartly, M., 2009, All the world over, in Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence, eds Scully, R. and Quartly, M., Monash University ePress, Clayton Vic Australia, pp. 6.1-6.47.

Quartly, M., Smart, J. B., 2009, Making the National Councils of Women national: the formation of a nation-wide organisation in Australia 1896-1931, in Suffrage, Gender and Citizenship: International Perspectives on Parliamentary Reforms, eds Irma Sulkenen and Seija-Leena Nevala-Nurmi and Pirjo Markkola, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne UK, pp. 339-357.

Quartly, M., 2009, ‘Politics among the people’: Political housekeeping and fusion, in Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System, eds Strangio, P. and Dyrenfurth, N., Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne Vic Australia, pp. 162-187.

Scully, R., Quartly, M., 2009, Using cartoons as historical evidence, in Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence, eds Scully, R. and Quartly, M., Monash University ePress, Melbourne Vic Australia, pp. 1-13.


Adjunct Professor Susannah Radstone

Susannah Radstone is an interdisciplinary Humanities researcher specializing in cultural theory and cultural memory. Her publications span memory and trauma studies, film and TV, literature and, more recently, the visual arts. Her PhD ‘The Women’s Room: Women and the Confessional Mode’ (Film and Literature, Warwick University, 1989) brought together film and literary theory, cultural studies, feminist psychoanalysis and Foucault, setting the mould for her future interdisciplinarity.

Susannah’s current projects include (with Clare Corbould) the ‘Legacies of Unfree Labour in Australia’ project, convening the Australian Memory Research Network, and working with colleagues at La Trobe and Victoria Universities on a new digital education/travel/reconciliation project. She is currently completing a monograph titled Getting Over Trauma and has new essays forthcoming on Top of the Lake  (Critical Arts) and on ‘Thinking trauma: Alex Seton’s Someone died trying to have a life like mine’ (in a special dossier in Continuum co-edited with Felicity Collins).


Adjunct Professor Merle C. Ricklefs

merle-ricklefsMerle Ricklefs is Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Professor of History at Monash from 1980 to 1993. He is a scholar of the history and current affairs of Indonesia, whose recent publications have concentrated particularly on the role of Islam in Java. Prof. Ricklefs was formerly Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and more recently Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also held appointments at The School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and All Souls College, and was foundation Director of the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies. His major books include Jogjakarta under Sultan Mangkubumi, 1749–1792 (1974), War, culture and economy in Java, 1677–1726 (1993), The seen and unseen worlds in Java, 1726–49 (1998), Mystic synthesis in Java: A history of Islamisation from the fourteenth to the early nineteenth centuries (2006), Polarising Javanese society: Islamic and other visions c.1830-1930 (2007), Islamisation and its opponents in Java: A political, social, cultural and religious history, c. 1930 to the present (2012) and A history of Modern Indonesia (4th English edition and 3rd Indonesian-language edition both 2008). He edited and co-authored A new history of Southeast Asia (2010).

He is sectional editor for Southeast Asia for the new 3rd edition of Encyclopaedia of Islam (16 vols. ,now appearing in fascicules) and co-editor of both the Southeast Asia series of Handbuch der Orientalistik and the Southeast Asia Library (SEAL) monograph series, both published by Brill. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Studia Islamika, Journal of Indonesian Islam and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. In 2010 he was elected as an erelid (Honorary Member) of the Netherlands Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, one of only eight people to be recognised in this way.