Doug Munro
Doug Munro
 
Position:
 
Adjunct Professor
 
Contact Details:
 
Email: d.munro2@uq.edu.au
           munro47@yahoo.com
 
Qualifications:
 
BA Flin
PhD Macq
FRHS
 
Profile:
 
Although starting off as an historian of the Pacific Islands, I now think of myself more as a biographer and an historian of twentieth century New Zealand. My experience includes fieldwork in Tuvalu in the late 1970s, being Project Historian at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania in the early 1980s, and then teaching successively at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Bond University and the University of the South Pacific, where I was Associate Professor and Head of Department. As well as being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Yale University and a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, I’ve been an Associate of the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and a Scholar at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury. Between 2001 and 2005, I was the regular interviewer for History Now. I am currently an Associate Editor of Working USA and the acting review editor of the Journal of Pacific History. As an undergraduate I founded the Flinders Journal of History and Politics, have twice been Guest Editor of the Journal of Pacific Studies, and most recently co-editor of a special issue (on ‘Telling Academic Lives’) of the Journal of Historical Biography.
 
My current project is a history of the New Zealand Opera Company, 1954-1971, with the assistance of the 2013 Friends of the Turnbull Library Research Award.
 
Recent journal articles and book chapters:
 
Most recent publications
  • Doug Munro, ‘Michael Turnbull, G.R. Elton, and the making of The Practice of History’, Historical Journal, 58:3 (2015), 805-25.
  • Doug Munro, ‘On the Biographies of Post-1900 New Zealand Prime Ministers’, in Jack Corbett and Brij V. Lal (eds), Political Life Writing in the Pacific Islands: reflections on practice (Canberra: ANU Press, 2015), 145-67. http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ch123.pdf
  • Doug Munro, ‘The Strange Career of George Rudé – Marxist historian’, Journal of Historical Biography (special issue on “Telling Academic Lives”, co-edited with Geoffrey Gray and Christine Winter), 16 (2014), 118-69. http://www.ufv.ca/jhb/Volume_16/Volume_16_Munro.pdf
  • Geoffrey Gray and Doug Munro, ‘“The department was in some disarray”: the politics of choosing a successor to S.F. Nadel, 1957’, in Regna Darnell and Frederick W. Gleach (eds), Anthropologists and their Traditions across National Borders (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014), 141-71.
  • Brij V. Lal and Doug Munro, ‘Non-Resistance in Fiji’; & Doug Munro, ‘Conclusion: on resistance and accommodation’, both in Mauritis S. Hassankhan, Brij V. Lal and Doug Munro (eds), Resistance and Indian Indenture Experience: comparative perspectives (New Delhi: Manohar, 2014), 121-56, 293-309.
  • Doug Munro, ‘The “Intrusion” of Personal Feelings: biographical dilemmas’, Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 30 (2014), 3-20. http://www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/sis-files/history/FJHP/Volume%2030/Doug%20Monroe%20Vol%2030%202014.pdf
  • Doug Munro, ‘The Saga of Howard Zinn’ [review article of Martin Duberman, Howard Zinn: a life on the Left], Working USA: the Journal of Labor & Society, 17:3 (2014), 417-24.
  • Doug Munro, ‘Activism within the Academy’ [extended review of Lawrence S. Wittner, Working for Peace and Justice: memoirs of an activist intellectual], Working USA, 17:1 (2014), 113-21.
  • Doug Munro and Geoffrey Gray, ‘Ron Crocombe and Harry Maude’, in Linda Crowl, Marjorie Tuainekore Crocombe and Rod Dixon (eds), Ron Crocombe e Toa: Pacific writing to celebrate his life and work (Suva: University of the South Pacific Press, 2013), 485-503.
 
Suicide in 20th century New Zealand
  • John C. Weaver and Doug Munro, 'Austerity, Neo-Liberal Economics, and Youth Suicide: the case of New Zealand, 1980-2000', Journal of Social History, 46:3 (2013), 757-83.
  • John C. Weaver and Doug Munro, ‘The Historical Contingency of Suicide: A Case-Based Comparison of Suicides in New Zealand in the 1930s and 1980s’, New Zealand Sociology, 25:1 (2010), 100-30.
  • John C. Weaver and Doug Munro, ‘Country Living, Country Dying: Suicides in Rural New Zealand, 1900-1950’, Journal of Social History, 42:4 (2009), 933-61.

The politics of academic appointments

  • Geoffrey Gray and Doug Munro, '"Leach would be first rate - if you can get him": Edmund Leach and the Australian National University, 1956', History Compass, 10/11 (2012), 802-11 (0.1111/hic3.12003)
  • Geoffrey Gray and Doug Munro, ‘Australian Aboriginal Anthropology at the Crossroads: finding a successor to A.P. Elkin, 1955’, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 22:3 (2011), 351-69.
  • Geoffrey Gray and Doug Munro, ‘Establishing Anthropology and Maori Language (Studies), Auckland University College: the appointment of Ralph Piddington, 1949’, Histories of Anthropology Annual, 7 (2011), 49-82.
Biography of J.W Davidson
  • Doug Munro and Geoffrey Gray, '"We haven't abandoned the project": the founding of The Journal of Pacific History', Journal of Pacific History, 48: 1 (2013), 63-77.
  • Doug Munro. ‘J.W. Davidson on the Home Front’, in Geoffrey Gray, Doug Munro and Christine Winter (eds), Scholars at War: Australasian Social Scientists, 1939-1945. (Canberra: ANU E Press, 2012), 187-205.
  • Doug Munro, ‘On Being a Participant Biographer: The Search for J.W. Davidson’, in Brij V. Lal and Vicki Luker (eds), Telling Pacific Lives: The Prisms of Process (Canberra: ANU E Press, 2008), 149-63. 
  • Doug Munro, ‘Disentangling Samoan History: the contributions of Gilson and Davison', in Doug Munro and Brij V. Lal (eds), Texts and Contexts: reflections in Pacific Islands historiography (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006), 225-37.  
Biographies of historians

 

Books and edited collections:
  • Maurits S. Hassankhan, Brij V. Lal and Doug Munro (eds), Resistance and Indian Indenture Experience: Comparative Perspectives. Delhi: Manohar, 2014.
  • Doug Munro, J.C. Beaglehole: Public Intellectual, Critical Conscience. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2012.
  • Geoffrey Gray, Doug Munro and Christine Winter (eds), Scholars at War: Australasian Social Scientists, 1939-1945. Canberra: ANU E Press, 2012.
  • Doug Munro, The Ivory Tower and Beyond: Participant Historians of the Pacific. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Doug Munro and Brij V. Lal (eds), Texts and Contexts: Reflections in Pacific Islands Historiography. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006.
  • Roman Grynberg, Doug Munro and Michael White, Crisis: The Collapse of the National Bank of Fiji. Adelaide: Crawford House, 2002 (1st edition); Suva: USP Book Centre, 2002 (2nd impression).
  • Michael Goldsmith and Doug Munro, The Accidental Missionary: Tales of Elekana. Christchurch: Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, 2002.
  • Doug Munro and Andrew Thornley (eds), The Covenant Makers: Islander Missionaries in the Pacific (Suva: Pacific Theological College, & Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1996.
  • Brij V. Lal, Doug Munro and Edward D. Beechert (eds), Plantation Workers: Resistance and Accommodation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.
  • Clive Moore, Jacqueline Leckie and Doug Munro (eds), Labour in the South Pacific. Townsville: James Cook University, 1990.
  • Doug Munro, Iosefa N.T. Iosefa and Niko Besnier, Te Tala of Nuioku: The German Plantation on Nukulaelae Atoll, 1865-1890. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1990. 2nd edition 1991.
  • Tito Isala and Doug Munro, Te Kaitalafu a Vaitupu: Te Tala o te Kamupani Vaitupu, 1877-1887. Funafuti: Extension Services Centre/Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1987.
Autobiographical:
  • Doug Munro, ‘An Imperial Childhood in the Antipodes and Beyond’, History Now, 5:1 (1999), 16-20.
  • Doug Munro, ‘On Being an Historian of Tuvalu: further thoughts on methodology and mindset’, History in Africa, 26 (1999), 218-36.
  • Doug Munro, ‘My Apprenticeship and Beyond’, Journal of Pacific Studies, 20 (1996), 238-56.
  • Doug Munro, ‘Those Glorious Years: Flinders in the late-sixties’, Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 13 (1988-89), 2-4.
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