Dr Evan Smith

Research Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (222)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a Research Fellow in History in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Between 2012 and 2015, I was a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies at Flinders. I have previously held research positions at the Australian Institute of Criminology, the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research and the Australian Taxation Office.

I am working with Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava, Associate Professor Marinella Marmo, Emeritus Professor Eric Richards and Dr Anastasia Dukova (Griffith) on the ARC Discovery Project 'Managing migrants and border control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981'. This project aims to historicise the creation and control of ‘suspect’ migrant communities and the restrictions on the further immigration of members of these groups by the British and Australian authorities from 1900-81. The project aims to scrutinise the creation of 'suspect communities' and the policies of surveillance, community control and restricted entry. The expected outcome is to show that such policies and practices did not prevent Britain and Australia from becoming multicultural societies by the 1970s. This will provide a greater understanding of how Britain and Australia’s border control systems have evolved since 1900 and how past historical policies relate to contemporary practices.

Qualifications
PhD in History, Flinders University (2004-2007)

Bachelor of Arts (History) First Class Honours, Flinders University (2003)

Honours, awards and grants

2014 - Research Support Grant, School of International Studies, Flinders University ($2000)

2013 - Faculty Research Grant, Flinders University ($6000) (with Dr Andrekos Varnava, School of International Studies)

2011 - David Phillips Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities

2010 - Faculty Large Project Grant, Flinders University (with Dr Marinella Marmo, Flinders Law School)

2009 - Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship, Museum of Australian Democracy/Old Parliament House

2008 - University Research Budget Project Grant, Flinders University (with Dr Marinella Marmo, Flinders Law School)

2006 - Research Student Conference Travel Grant, Flinders University

2004 - 2007 - Flinders University Research Scholarship, Flinders University

2003 - Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, Flinders University

2003 - Jim M. Main Prize in History, Flinders University

Research expertise
Criminology
Historical studies
Other law and legal studies
Political science
Research interests
British politics and history, Australian politics and history, South African politics and history, history of anti-colonialism in the British Empire/Commonwealth, history of the international communist movement, migration and border control policy and practice (Britain, Australia and European Union), labour history and politics, anti-racist politics, anti-fascism, social movement studies, 'race relations' and multicultural issues, the anti-Apartheid movement in Britain and Australia, riots and public disorder, public order policing, postcolonialism, national security policy and security studies, international criminal justice, counter-terrorism issues, refugee and asylum seeker issues, human trafficking, domestic criminal justice issues, legal history, serious and organised crime, money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, international terrorism in the 1970s, the Red Army Fraction, popular youth culture and politics, human rights and equal opportunity legislation and practice in Australia and Britain, post-Marxism.
Teaching interests

I have taught broadly across the disciplines of history, criminology and law. I have presented lectures and taught tutorials for the following topics:

  • Terrorism and Society in Modern Europe (convened topic in 2018)
  • Turning Points in World History
  • History's Killing Fields
  • Brief History of Australia
  • Convicts, Race and Gender: Australia 1788-1840
  • Modern Europe, 1900-1945
  • Europe, 1945 to the Present
  • Change and Conflict in Russia, 1860-1930
  • Crime and Criminology
  • International Criminal Justice
  • History and Philosophy of Law
Supervisory interests
Australian labour history
British history
British imperial expansion and decolonisation
Critical race studies
Immigration history
Immigration policy
Legal history
Marxism
National security legislation
New social movements
Policing public protest
Postcolonialism
Youth subculture
Higher degree by research supervision
Completion
Associate supervisor: History (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
History - Australian
History - British
Immigration
Marxism
Politics
Race relations
Riots
Terrorism
United Kingdom
British history
Immigration politics and history
Left-wing politics and history
Public order policing and riots
Social movements and activism
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Media expertise
  • History - Australian
  • History - British
  • Immigration
  • Marxism
  • Politics
  • Race relations
  • Riots
  • Terrorism
  • United Kingdom
Interests
  • British history
  • Immigration politics and history
  • Left-wing politics and history
  • Public order policing and riots
  • Social movements and activism
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