Diane Kirkby

Professor Diane Kirkby

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2011
  • Section(s): History


Diane Kirkby is Professor of History and formerly Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. She has published several books including a prize-winning biography of journalist and labour reformer Alice Henry, a study of women’s work in pubs and a history of Australian seafarers. She is currently exploring, through group and individual biography, the impact of the US on Australian culture in the twentieth century.

She undertook her postgraduate work at the University of California Santa Barbara and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright post-doctoral fellowship to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition she has held visiting Fellowships at the Humanities Research Center, State University of New York at Stonybrook, and Wolfsohn College, Oxford. She has served on the Executive of the Australian Historical Association, the Australian-American Fulbright Selection Committee,and is a founding member and past President of the Australia-New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS). Since 2003 she has served on the Humanities and Law Panel of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Committee, Performance Based Research Fund, She is currently co-editor of Australian Historical Studies, editor of the ANZLHS E- Journal, and serves on the Editorial Board of the US-based Law and History Review.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.