Dean, School of History and International Studies
School of History and International Relations
Professor Oppenheimer holds the Chair of History within the School of History and International Relations. She has previously held positions in Australian History at the University of Western Sydney and the University of New England.
Her research interests include the role of voluntary organisations and patriotic funds in times of peace and war; the history of volunteering and voluntary action; gender and imperialism; and more recently ARC funded projects on soldier settlement schemes post WWI; Meals on Wheels; and sustaining volunteering in Australia. Her centenary history of Australian Red Cross, The Power of Humanity. 100 Years of Australian Red Cross was published by HarperCollins in August 2014. Melanie is currently completing The Last Battle of the Great War: Soldier Settlement in Australia (co-authored with Professor Bruce Scates) to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
Melanie is a member of the ARC College of Experts.
PhD (Macquarie University), M. Litt (UNE), BA & Dip. Ed. (UNE)
2015 - ARC LP150100219 co-CI 'Beyond the Stage: Interpreting history through performance arts practice' (through University of Adelaide).
2015 - Winner of Ferguson Prize (with co-author Bruce Scates) for best article published on an interwar theme, '"I intend to get justice": The Moral Economy of Soldier Settlement', Labour History, no. 106, May 2014, pp. 229-253.
2014 - ARC DP150103022 Lead CI 'Developing a community soul: the Australian Assistance Plan and its impact on regionalism, localism and voluntary action from 1972'.
2014 - ARC LP140100528, co-CI 'Creating and sustaining a strong future for volunteering in Australia' (through Curtin University).
2010-13 ARC LP100200065 Lead CI 'Meals on Wheels: building towards a new social experiment for our times'.
2010-14 appointed Centenary Historian for Australian Red Cross to research and write an organisational history, The Power of Humanity.
2010 & 2012 Two research projects with Great Community Transport Inc, 'Protection of volunteers in the workplace'.
2008-2012 ARC LP0883705 co-CI 'A Land Fit for Heroes: A social, cultural and environmental history of soldier settlement in NSW, 1916-1939' (through Monash University).
2007 - UWS College of Arts Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
2006 - National Archives of Australia (NAA) Margaret George Award to research the history of volunteering in Australia.
2003 - Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award for comparative project on Canadian and Australian volunteering during WWII.
2003 - All Work. No Pay. Australian Civilian Volunteers in War shortlisted for NSW Premiers' History Awards.
In 2016, Melanie is teaching HIST1803 and HIST3001. Previously she has taught HIST1203 Creating a Nation: A brief history of Australia to 1939 and HIST5074 Advanced Historical Research.
20th century Australian and labour history including volunteer work; history of women and war; Anzac centenary including soldier settlement post WWI in NSW; Australian Red Cross; imperial feminism and 'ladies of rank'; history of social policy including the Australian Assistance Plan; contemporary studies of volunteering in Australian and international contexts.
: Australian History
: Australian History
: Australian History
Selected appointments & professional associations include:-
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Forthcoming conference - "Histories of the Red Cross Movement: Continuity & Change", hosted by the School of History & International Relations, 9-11 September 2016. See website for details http://redcrosshistoryconference.com.au
Hear Melanie on ABC Radio National's The Money program, 21 April 2016:
14th Biennial Labour History Conference, 13 February 2015. Melanie Oppenheimer & Bruce Scates receive the Ferguson Prize from The Hon Laurie Ferguson:
Listen to Melanie's interview with ABC 612 Drive program with Tim Cox, 26 August 2014,
Australian Red Cross celebrated its 100 years in 2014. Centenary author, Professor Melanie Oppenheimer, provided extensive expertise on ABC radio, ABC TV and other media outlets. See a few links below:
On 12 August 2014, the Governor-General launched Melanie's book, The Power of Humanity: 100 Years of Australian Red Cross (Harper Collins).
See coverage of outbreak of World War One and recognition for Australian nurses. Melanie provides historical expertise on ABC radio and television.