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Professor Bruce Scates FASSA

Professor Bruce Scates FASSA

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Board member of Menzies Australia Institute

Professor at Australia National University.


Professor Bruce Scates is based in the School of History at the Australian National University and a foundation member of the Australian Studies Institute. His involvement with the Menzies Institute began during his decade-long service as Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. In his time at Monash, Bruce helped to establish a series of fellowship exchanges with Kings College London. He now plays a key role in facilitating similar exchange agreements between ANU and King's.

In 2015, Bruce delivered the Menzies Lecture at King's, marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Landings. His paper examined the enduring social cost of war and explored the forgotten history of the aftermath of Anzac. He has since presented several occasional papers at Menzies, collaborated in teaching exchanges, and facilitated visits of ANU students to the King's campus.

Bruce has been a leading advocate of Australian Studies at home and abroad, and worked with a number of cultural institutions to develop a raft of innovative educational recourses. These include a documentary series exploring the history of Australia through objects (a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia, the ANU and Monash University); the History of World War One in One Hundred Stories (a MOOC fielded by FutureLearn) and a number of critically acclaimed television documentaries. He is the recipient/co-recipient of university, state and national awards for excellence in teaching and, in 2017, the History Teachers Association honoured his ‘sustained and excellent’ contribution to teaching.

Bruce chaired the History Working Party advising the Anzac Centenary Board, and has served on the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia. In these roles, he secured the digitisation of First World War Repatriation records, showcasing one of Australia’s richest archival holdings to a global community. A foundation executive member of the History Council of NSW, Bruce has worked extensively with government agencies, community groups and a host of cultural institutions; his digital exhibitions feature in several museums and galleries. Bruce’s research into frontier violence in colonial Australia and call for ‘counter commemorations’ to acknowledge the dispossession of First Nations’ Peoples was commended in the First Report of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Bruce’s publications include eight titles with Cambridge University Press, a novel set for Australia’s first National Curriculum for Literature and a number of collaborations with both international and early career scholars. He is the recipient/co-recipient of state and national prizes for these works. A graduate of Monash University (where he took a first in history) and the University of Melbourne, Bruce is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and a 2020 Fulbright senior scholar.