Professor Melanie Nolan is the Director of the National Centre of Biography and General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography at the Australian National University. Between 1993 and 2008 she taught at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of two monographs, four edited volumes and over fifty articles, chapters and encyclopaedia and historical dictionary entries in New Zealand, Australian and comparative history, in particular, about the transformation of work and workers and the politics that has engendered since industrialization.
Although much of her research focuses on Australasia she has researched and published work in relation to British history. Her research concentrates on the twentieth century. Her book Kin. The Collective Biography of a Working-Class New Zealand Family won the 2006 Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) Ian Wards Prize and was short-listed for the 2007 Ernest Scott Prize. She was on the judging panel of the Magarey Medal in 2008, the selection panel for the 2008-09 Australian Prime Ministers Centre research and scholarship program, and chair's the Editorial Committee of ANU.Lives.
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