School of Arts

Mr. Cameron Coventry

Doctoral candidate in history

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Cameron is a PhD candidate at CRCAH focused on twentieth century Australian history, particularly the role of democracy, capitalism and the state. His thesis – entitled A People’s History of Australian Keynesianism, 1939-1984 – explores the impact Keynesian economic policies had on the Australian citizenry. He is a recipient of the 2019-2021 Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship.

Cameron is originally from Adelaide, where he received an undergraduate degree in Laws. He moved to Canberra in 2014 to undertake a degree in Arts, with a major in International Relations, a specialisation in security studies, and a minor in history. While in Canberra he worked in the parliamentary office of Senator Nick Xenophon (Ind-SA). In 2018 he completed a Master of Arts by research thesis entitled Origins of the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security. He has lived in Ballarat since 2017.

Research interests

  • Twentieth century Australian history (social, political and economic)
  • Democracy, capitalism, and the state


  • Master of Arts (Research), University of New South Wales, 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Laws, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, 2013


Journal articles

Coventry, CJ. (2019) “Links in the Chain: British slavery, Victoria, South Australia,” Before/Now 1(1) (2019): 27-48,

Book reviews

Coventry, CJ. (2019) “John Howard’s The Menzies Era (2014),” Before/Now 1(1) (2019): 75-77,

Coventry, CJ. (2019) “Clive Ponting’s Churchill (1994),” Before/Now Before/Now 1(1) (2019): 77-78,

Coventry, CJ. (2019) “David Horner’s The Spy Catchers (Official History of ASIO, vol 1.),” Before/Now 1(1) (2019): 78-79,


Coventry, CJ. (2018) Origins of the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security. MA Thesis accepted at UNSW,

Media appearances


  • ABC Radio Ballarat & Radio National, January 2019
  • ABC Radio Adelaide, January 2013


  • Win News Ballarat, June 2017
  • Channel 10 The Project, September 2015
  • SBS World News, September 2013

Conference attendance

  • The Arab World, Iran and the Major Powers, Canberra, 2014
  • Presidential Inaugural Conference, Washington, D.C., 2013