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Dr Tim Rowse

Tim Rowse grew up in Sydney. He has degrees from the University of Sydney and the Flinders University. He published his first book – Australian Liberalism and National Character – in 1978. From 1978 to 1984, he taught Sociology at Macquarie University. Since then he has been a PhD student, an employee/consultant of some Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory, a research fellow in the Menzies School of Health Research (Alice Springs), an ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and he is now a Senior Fellow in History, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

Most of his research and publications have been in Indigenous Studies, but from the mid 1990s his research on the life of HC Coombs took him back to Australian political economy and political history – giving rise to two books: Obliged to be difficult (2000) and Nugget Coombs – a reforming life (2002). His most recent book is Indigenous futures: choice and development in Aboriginal and Islander Australia (2002). In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In 2003-4, he was Harvard University’s Visiting Professor in Australian Studies.