Timothy Minchin

Professor Timothy Minchin

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2009
  • Section(s): History


Timothy Minchin grew up in Gloucestershire, England, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an honours degree in Modern History. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in U.S. History at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Anthony Badger. Following his Ph.D., which he was awarded in 1996, he held the Mellon Research Fellowship in American History at Cambridge and was also a fellow of Sidney Sussex College. A specialist in twentieth-century U.S. History, with particular interests in labour and civil rights history, in 2002 Minchin won a Leverhulme Research Prize, awarded by the Leverhulme Trust in the UK in recognition of “research excellence.” Minchin came to Australia in 2004 to take up his current post at La Trobe University, and he has also been a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His publications include Hiring the Black Worker: The Racial Integration of the Southern Textile Industry, 1960-1980 (1999), which won the Richard A. Lester Prize from Princeton University, and Fighting Against the Odds: A History of Southern Labor since World War II (2004), which was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice magazine. He is currently a Professor of North American History at La Trobe University and Deputy Head of La Trobe’s School of Historical and European Studies.

Acknowledgement of Country

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