Professor James Curran

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre and Professor of Modern History, University of Sydney

Professor James Curran

Professor James Curran

James Curran is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre and Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney. He is a specialist in the history of Australian and American foreign relations.

In 2013 he held the Keith Cameron Chair at University College Dublin, and in 2010 was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining academia, Curran worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of National Assessments.

He is the author of a number of books, including most recently Unholy Fury: Nixon and Whitlam at War (MUP, 2015) and Fighting with America: Why Saying ‘No’ to the US wouldn’t rupture the alliance (Penguin, 2016). 

Curran has written policy papers and analysis for the Lowy Institute, where he was a non-resident fellow, and also for the think tank China Matters.

He is also a regular commentator on radio and television, and his opinion pieces and articles on foreign affairs have appeared in The National Interest, Australian Foreign Affairs, major Australian newspapers as well as the Lowy Interpreter, China-US Focus, the East Asia Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations ‘Asia Unbound’ series.

Curran’s poetry has appeared in Meanjin and Quadrant, and he is currently working on a new book for NewSouth Press on Australia’s present strategic debate.

Areas of expertise

  • Australia-US relations
  • US-Asia relations