The discipline of History and International Relations in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for more than 25 academic and 50 postgraduate researchers.

Boasting strong disciplinary traditions in historical, political and social studies, it promotes interdisciplinary research with a focus on three key themes. Research collaborations with industry, government and the community contribute to creating a stimulating research environment.

Our research strengths


Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science

Flinders University was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in late 2009. The Program provides a unique opportunity to undertake collaborative research into key political issues and related studies of importance to both Australia and the United States, for four to five months each year.

Research centre

The Centre for US and Asia Policy Studies (CUSAPS) provides a collaborative space for high quality, accessible research on policy issues between Australia, the US and Asia. It is well positioned to engage with the Asian century and its implications for Australia and other global players.

Gender Consortium

The research team at the Gender Consortium has a range of skills including undertaking applied policy research on gender equity, conceptualising and delivering gender analysis and gender mainstreaming capacity development programs, gender responsive policy development monitoring and evaluation.

Research journals

Our staff and students have a strong track record of editing notable journals and publications.