A world of possibility with history and politics
As a child, Professor Brett Bowden (BIntSt(Hons) ’01) never dreamed he would one-day go to university, let alone work at one and become a world-renowned professor of history and politics.
At 29 years old, when he began studying at Flinders University in 1997, Professor Bowden was the first descendent of his grandparents, both maternal and paternal, to attend university. “It just wasn’t something that people did in the small rural town I grew up in. It wasn’t something that people in my family did,” says Professor Brett Bowden.
Getting a formal education from Flinders University opened his eyes to the world of possibilities beyond what he had known. “I entered Flinders not knowing if I was up to the task, but I soon worked out that further education is for everyone if you want it bad enough and are prepared to work hard,” says Professor Bowden.
As a result of his hard work, he is now Professor of History and Politics at Western Sydney University, where he also serves as Director of Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Communication Arts.
His work reaches far and wide around the world with roles on a number of international advisory boards, research councils and committees, visiting positions in a range of countries and keynote speaker at international conferences.