Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote the History Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate.
Her PhD thesis, Teaching the Nation, was published by Melbourne University Press in 2006 and examines debates about teaching Australian history in schools. Follow up research, History’s Children: History Wars in the Classroom (New South, 2008), used interviews with 250 history teachers, students and curriculum officials from around Australia to explore Australian history teaching in school. She has also written two history books for children, Convicted! and Explored!
Anna’s current project, Every Now and Then: Historical Consciousness in Australia, uses interviews with 100 Australians from around the country to consider and include their thoughts on history alongside public and political discussions about the past. Reflecting her love of fish and fishing, she has also recently been commissioned to write a history of fishing in Australia, which will be published in 2016.
Her teaching interests range across Australian history and historiography, including contests over the past, oral history, history education, memory studies, and public history.