Alistair's research and teaching explores the ways in which life story evidence illuminates the past and its meanings in the present lives of individuals and society. He is passionate about both teaching and research, and in 2017 was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. His books have explored the histories and memories of war veterans, migrants, adult learners and post-WW2 families, in Britain and Australia. He writes about the theory and method of oral history and life history research, including research involving recorded and written memory, diaries and letters, and family photographs. He is currently President of Oral History Australia.
Alistair leads the Monash Historical Studies Graduate Research Program, and supervises graduate research students working on a wide range of 20th century history projects.
Alistair Thomson's Articles
Reimagining Australia Day
A day that is meant to bring everyone together to reflect on national identity, draws us down a dark alley of division.
Episode 11: The Australian identity debate
Australia once identified itself as the “lucky country”, a place where the “Aussie battler” was given a fair go, but can it still lay claim to this?