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Stuart Macintyre
Born 21 April 1947 (1947-04-21) (age 74)
Melbourne, Victoria
Awards Premier of Victoria's Literary Award for Australian Studies (1986)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1987)
Redmond Barry Award (1997)
The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award (1998)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1999)
Premier of New South Wales' Australian History Prize (2004)
Officer of the Order of Australia (2011)
Ernest Scott Prize (2016)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Melbourne (BA)
Monash University (MA)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Doctoral advisor Henry Pelling
Academic work
Institutions University of Melbourne
Notable works The History Wars (2003)
Notable ideas Australian history
Class and labour history

Stuart Forbes Macintyre AO, FAHA, FASSA (born 21 April 1947) is an Australian historian, and a former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He has been voted one of Australia's most influential historians.

Early life and education

The son of Forbes Macintyre and Alison Stevens Macintyre, Stuart Macintyre was born in Melbourne. His schooling took place at Scotch College, and later at the University of Melbourne. While an undergraduate he specialised in history, and obtained his bachelor's degree in 1968. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University (1971) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1975), for which he was awarded the Blackwood Prize. In 1976 he married Martha Bruton [1], a social anthropologist.

While a postgraduate student at Monash in the early 1970s, Macintyre joined the Left Tendency faction of the Communist Party of Australia, this faction being particularly strong at that campus. His CPA membership lapsed while he was studying in the United Kingdom, and on returning to Australia he joined the Australian Labor Party. He now considers himself to be a democratic socialist. As an historian he identifies with the tradition of labour historians, such as Henry Pelling, who was his doctoral supervisor in Britain.

Academic career

Macintyre has had a long academic career both within Australia and internationally. From 1977 to 1978, Macintyre was a research fellow at St John's College at the University of Cambridge. He returned to Australia in 1979 as a lecturer at Murdoch University in Perth, and the following year returned to Melbourne, where he lectured at the University of Melbourne until 1981. For a brief subsequent period – 1982–83 – he was a research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, and in 1984 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

Beginning in 1988, Macintyre served as a reader in history at the University of Melbourne. Three years later he became professor, and was given the Ernest Scott chair in history. He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 1999. In 2002 he was made a Laureate Professor of the University of Melbourne. Macintyre has also been a visiting scholar or fellow at Griffith University (1986), the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1988), the University of Western Australia (1988), the Australian National University (1991) and the University of Otago, New Zealand (1992).

From 1987 to 1996, Macintyre was a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia (NLA) and from 1989 to 1998, a member of the Council of the State Library of Victoria (SLV). He also served as chairperson of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel of the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2003. Recently, Macintyre has been outspoken about the actions of former federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson, who personally vetoed several ARC grants which had already been approved by the ARC's peer review process.

Macintyre finished a second term as the Dean of Arts in mid-2006. For the 2007–08 academic year he held the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies, retaining his academic appointment at Melbourne. He is President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Awards

Macintyre has received many awards, including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Australian Studies in 1986, for his work in authoring the fourth volume of the Oxford History of Australia, and the Redmond Barry Award from the Australian Library and Information Association in 1997, in recognition of his work with the NLA and SLV. His book The Reds won The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award in 1998. The History Wars won the 2004 Premier of New South Wales' Australian History Prize. Australia’s Boldest Experiment won the Ernest Scott Prize in 2016 and the 2016 NSW Premier's Australian History Prize.

On 26 January 2011, Macintyre was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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