|Dr David Lee is an Associate Professor who joined the University of New South Wales in 2019 and before that was based in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for twenty-four years. He has published widely on Australian history including Australia during the Cold War. His most recent books are Australia and the World: International Relations and Global Events since Federation (Melbourne: Circa, 2022) and John Curtin (Redland Bay: Connor Court, 2022). He is also author of The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia (Redland Bay: Connor Court, 2016) and Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Australian Internationalist (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2010). He teaches courses on World Economic History and the Cold War, is Chair of the Commonwealth Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography and has been appointed National Archives of Australia, Cabinet historian, 2022-23.|
I am researching a biography of Australian Prime Ministers JB Chifley and WM Hughes , a history of Australia's trade departments, 1942-87 and a history of Australian independence. I am also working collaboratively on a project on Sir John Crawford. Other research interests are Australia's relations with Japan and China.
Interview, ABC RN Breakfast, 'What Lessons Can We take from the Chifley Years as We Recover from COVID-19?', Hamish MacDonald, 2 October 2020, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/chifley-pkg/12724696
'The Ghost of Lang Hancock', Inside Story, 19 August 2020.
Interview with 6PR Radio 22 December 2021 on 'The Republic of Western Australia'.
ABC Radio Rear Vision, Passports, Borders and Identity, 9 February 2022.
Book, Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia, cited by Andrew Clark, 'The 1980s: When Things Actually Happened', Australian Financial Review, 28 January 2022.
Book, Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia, cited by Andrew Clark, 'Why Australian miners 'got big or got out in the 1990s', Australian Financial Review, 25 February 2022.
Book, Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia, cited by Andrew Clark, 'Fear and Loathing at BHP and Rio Tinto', and 'The 'China Effect': how the resources boom galvanised Australia', Australian Financial Review, 25 March 2022.
with Frank Bongiorno, 'What if the 2022 federal election gives us a hung parliament, but those with the balance of power want Morrison gone', Conversation, 28 March 2022
Interview with Jane Richter Triple UFM Shoalhaven Community radio, 'The Australian Election', 30 March 2022.
with Frank Bongiorno, 'Could the 2022 election result in a hung parliament? History shows Australians have nothing to fear from it', Conversation, 22 April 2022.
'What role is the media likely to play in the election?'. University of New South Wales film, 16 May 2022. https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/what-factors-are-likely-impact-election
Interview, SBS TV News, 'The Role of Minor Parties in the Election', 16 May 2022
'Need to renew your passport? The weird history of Australian passports explains how they got so expensive', Conversation, 8 June 2022.
Interview with ABC Radio Canberra Mornings with Adam Shirley, the Australian Passport, 8 June 2022.
Interview with ABC Radio Sydney, Mornings with James Valentine, the Australian passport, 9 June 2022.
Interview with ABC Radio Melbourne, David Astle, the Australian passport, 13 June 2022.
Interview with ABC Radio Darwin, Lyrella Couzens, the Australian passport, 23 June 2022.
Interview with ABC Radio Nightlife, with Suzanne Hill, 14 July 2022 on passports. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/nightlife/13964390
Interview ABC Overnight Radio with Trevor Chappell, The Australian Passport, 3 October 2022.
Appointed Cabinet Historian, National Archives of Australia, 2022-23.
Podcast on John Curtin, Robert Menzies Institute, Melbourne, 1 December 2022, Interviewer Georgina Downer, https://www.robertmenziesinstitute.org.au/afternoon-light-podcast/david-lee
Cabinet Papers of 2002 recorded broadcast by the National Archives of Australia released on 1 January 2023
'Tampa, Bali Bombings, Protocol: today's cabinet paper release shows what worried Australia in 2002', The Conversation, 1 January 2023
ABC RadioBreakfast with Josh Szeps, the 2002 Cabinet Release, 2 January 2023 https://www.abc.net.au/sydney/programs/breakfast/breakfast/14126090
Melissa Coade, 'China Secrets Still to be Released', The Mandarin, 6 January 2023 https://www.themandarin.com.au/209374-china-secrets-cabinet-records-2002/
Interview of the Wire Radio, Australia's R-Series Passport, 18 April 2023, https://www.thewire.org.au/story/australias-new-r-series-passport/
Interviewed for David Tanner and Jess Malcolm, 'Same votes but a different result', Australian, 20-21 May 2023
'AUKUS and the Labor Tradition', Arena, Vol. 14, June 2023, pp. 43-8
My Research Supervision
Michael Smith, DPL, comparison of Defence Ministers, George Pearce and Kim Beazley.
Andrew Maher, Strategy of Proxy Warfare
ZHSS3238 Winners and Losers in World Economic History
ZHSS2236 The Cold War