Dr Romain Fathi

Senior Lecturer in Australian History

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (393)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Romain Fathi is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University and a Chercheur Associé at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po in Paris. He was born and educated in France, where he graduated from Sciences Po, and he now lives in Australia. Dr Fathi is an award-winning cultural historian who focuses on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath, in both the Australian and European contexts. The First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity are his primary research interests. His latest book, Our Corner of the Somme, was published with Cambridge University Press. Dr Fathi is currently investigating the handling of human remains during and after the First World War. He is one of Resilient Humanitarianism’s (DP190101171) Chief Investigators, an Australian Research Council-funded project (2019-2024). Dr Fathi publishes in French and in English, and he has taught at several universities including Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, and the University of Queensland in Australia.


Jointly Awarded PhD - Sciences Po (Paris) / The University of Queensland (Brisbane) with the distinction “Très honorable avec félicitations du jury”

Double Masters Degrees (Research & Professional) Sciences Po, Paris.

Undergraduate degree, Sciences Po, Paris.

Classe préparatoire

Honours, awards and grants


Please visit: https://romainfathi.com/

2018 - recipient of the Vice Chancellor's award for Early Career Researchers.

2018 - South Australia's Historian of the Year, awarded by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide on the behalf of the HCSA

2016 - Awarded a Prix Solennel de la Chancellerie des Universités de Paris for my doctoral thesis.

2016 - Short listed for the Serle Award by the Australian Historical Association (AHA).

2015 - Awarded the Gerda Henkel Foundation's Scholarship through the International Research Centre of the Historial the Great War.

Key responsibilities

Major Convenor for History

Senior Lecturer in History, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Chercheur Associé (Affiliated researcher), Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Topic coordinator
HIST2075 The Real Games of Thrones, 1453-1789
HIST3046 The Great War: A Global History
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? Australia and the World since 1939
HIST1703 Turning Points in World History
HIST3001 Destination Australia. Migration Since 1901
HIST1203 Australians at War
HIST7057 Making History: Current Directions in Historiography
HIST3007 Crimes of the Flesh: Sex and 'Deviance' in Australian History
Supervisory interests
20th century Australian history
Australian history
European history
European imperial expansion and decolonisation
Expert for media contact
History - Australian
First World War, Commemorations, Australian Identity, History of Warfare and French History and Politics
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Media expertise
  • France
  • History - Australian
  • War
  • First World War, Commemorations, Australian Identity, History of Warfare and French History and Politics
Further information

In 2014 I had the pleasure to be a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University under the advisorship of Professor Jay Winter. While researching at Yale and in the United States, I also took up a position of Teaching Fellow for Professor Timothy Snyder for his course Eastern Europe to 1914. This exchange was supervised by the Centre for the Americas at Sciences Po and Yale University.

One of my latest interviews for SBS: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/french/fr/audiotrack/our-corner-somme-australia-villers-bretonneux?language=fr

South Australia's "Historian of the Year" for 2018, awarded by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide on the behalf of the HCSA

Forthcoming special issue: Fathi, Romain and Ziino, Bart. "Coming Home". Special issue for History Australia (16/1), publication February 2019.

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