School of Arts

Cameron Coventry

Position: Tutor, doctoral candidate
Study area: Humanities and social sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus


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



  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSci)


  • Local History (HISOC1002)


Cam is a doctoral candidate focused on twentieth century Australian history, particularly the post-war period. His thesis – Roots Among the People; A social history of Australian Keynesianism, 1936-51 – explores what Australians thought of John Maynard Keynes and his economics. It touches on numerous debates, including war finance (the "Keynes Plan"), the child endowment, the introduction of full employment policy and post-war reconstruction more generally, as well as the Keynesian austerity budget of 1951.

Cam is a recipient of the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship.Since commencing his research at the University he has published peer-reviewed articles on Australian political history and heritage studies. He has also worked as a research assistant on an ARC Discovery Project.

Originally from Adelaide, where he became a Bachelor of Laws, Cam moved to Canberra to undertake a degree in Arts. While there he worked in the parliamentary office of Senator Nick Xenophon. He completed a Master of Arts by research dissertation – the Origins of the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security –in 2018.

He has appeared in the news media on a number of occasions, including radio interviews with the ABC (2013 & 2019), television appearances on SBS News (2013), Channel 10’s The Project (2015), Win News Ballarat (2017) and in the Adelaide Advertiser (2019).

Research interests

  • Australian democracy, capitalism & the State
  • Economic history, especially the post-war period
  • Historiography (philosophy of history)
  • Heritage studies


Refereed journal articles

Coventry, CJ. (forthcoming) “The ‘Eloquence’ of Robert J. Hawke; United States informer, 1973-79,” Australian Journal of Politics and History (2020): TBA.

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


Coventry, CJ. “Clive Ponting’s Churchill,” Before/Now Before/Now 1(1) (2019): 78-79.

Coventry, CJ. “David Horner’s The Spy Catchers (Official History of ASIO, vol 1.),” Before/Now 1(1) (2019): 77-78.

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


Fighting for Peace: WWI aftermath, Clunes, 2019

Federation HDR Student Conference, Ballarat, 2019 – presenter and prize winner

Australian Legacies Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Ballarat, 2018

The Arab World, Iran and the Major Powers, Canberra, 2014

Presidential Inaugural Conference, Washington, D.C., 2013 – presenter & prize winner


  • Australian Historical Association (AHA)
  • Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH)
  • History of Economic Thought Society of Australia (HETSA)
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
  • Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (AUWU)