Professor Michael Ondaatje - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


My research expertise lies in American political and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of African Americans and US foreign policy. In 2012 the Australian Academy of the Humanities awarded me the Max Crawford Medal, 'Australia's most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities'. The Crawford Medal is 'granted to early career Australian researchers for outstanding scholarly achievement in the humanities in Australia, and to those whose publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of humanities disciplines by the general public'.


Phone :2389 (North Sydney)
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Research Interests

African-American history, US foreign policy ;

Methods Expertise

archival research, methods of intellectual history ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Anthony J. Barker and Michael L. Ondaatje, A Little America in Western Australia: The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the Founding of Exmouth (Crawley: University of Western Australia Publishing)


Michael L. Ondaatje, 'Civil Rights', in Stephen Stockwell and Benjamin Isakhan (eds) The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press)


Michael L. Ondaatje, Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)


Michael L. Ondaatje, Counterfeit Heroes or Colourblind Visionaries: The Black Conservative Challenge to Affirmative Action in Modern America, in Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 31-50.

Other information

Competitive Research Grants - 2009-2014

1. 2012/13 - Researcher-in-Residence Fellowship, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney, $20,000

2. 2011 - External Research Grant, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney, $10,000

3. 2009 - Humanities Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities, $4,000

PhD Theses Supervised to Completion

1. 2013 - Jeffrey Green, 'In the shadow of McClellan: the Army of the Potamac and the struggle for high command 1861-1863', University of Newcastle.

2. 2012 - Emma Hamilton, 'Masculinities in American Western film, 1950-1972: A Hyper-Linear History', University of Newcastle