Professor Tim Rowse
Professor Tim Rowse is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and in the Institute for Culture and Society.
Although much of what he writes can best be described as History, his formal training has been in Government, Sociology and Anthropology. He has taught at Macquarie University, the Australian National University and Harvard University (where he held the Australian Studies chair in 2003-4), and he has held research appointments at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the ANU. Since the early 1980s, his research has focused on the relationships between Indigenous and other Australians, in Central Australia (where he lived from 1989 to 1996) and in the national political sphere. In the 1990s, this and other interests led him to write two books about the life and works of Dr H.C. Coombs.
BA Hons, 1974, University of Sydney
MA, 1977, The Flinders University of South Australia
PhD, 1991, University of Sydney
Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities
Fellow of the Australian Social Science Academy
Australian history - particularly the indigenous, colonial story; and twentieth century Australian history - including government policies towards Aboriginal people, and Aboriginal responses to colonisation (both nationally and with reference to Central Australia); cultural policy; and the history of official statistics.
Australian intellectuals in social science and public policy
Comparative settler colonial Indigenous policy
Rowse, T. 2012, Rethinking social justice: from ‘peoples’ to ‘populations’ (opens in a new window), Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
Ford, L. and Rowse, T.2012, Between Settler and Indigenous Governance, London: Routledge.
Goot, M. and Rowse, T. 2007, Divided Nation? Indigenous affairs and the imagined public, Carlton (Vic): Melbourne: University Press.
Rowse, T. 2002, Nugget Coombs: a reforming life, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Rowse, T. 2002, Indigenous futures: choice and development for Aboriginal and Islander Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
Rowse, T. 2000, Obliged to be difficult: Nugget Coombs' legacy in Indigenous affairs, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Finnane, K. and Rowse, T. 2010, ‘Alice Springs’, in, Beilharz, P. and Hogan, T (eds), Sociology: Antipodean perspectives (2nd ed.), South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp 115-120.
Rowse, T. 2012, 'Australasia', in, Ishakhan, B. and Stockwell, S. (eds), The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, Edinburgh University Press, pp 245-256.
Rowse, T. 2012, 'The Identity of Indigenous Political Thought', in, Ford, L. and Rowse, T. (eds), Between Settler and Indigenous Governance, London: Routledge, pp 95-107.
Rowse, T. 2012, ‘Aboriginal Australians’, in, Beilharz, P. and Hogan, T. (eds), Sociology: Antipodean perspectives, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp 434-438.
Rowse, T. 2011, ‘Global Indigenism: a Genealogy of a Non-Racial Category’, in, Holland, A. and Brookes, B. (eds), Rethinking the racial moment: essays on the colonial encounter, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 229-253.
Rowse, T. 2011, ‘The Ontological Politics of Closing the Gaps’, in, Bennett, T. and Healy, C. (eds), Assembling Culture, London and New York: Routledge, pp 30-45 (republication of 2009 journal article of same title).
Rowse, T. 2010, ‘Re-figuring “Indigenous culture”’, in, Altman, J. and Hinkson, M. (eds), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, Kensington: UNSW Press, pp 153-178.
Rowse, T. 2010, ‘Bonner, Neville Thomas (1922-1999)’, in, Millar, A. and Browne, G. (eds), The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Vol 3 1962-1983, Kensington: UNSW Press, pp 356-364.
Finnane, K. and Rowse, T. 2010, ‘Alice Springs’, in, Beilharz, P. and Hogan, T (eds), Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp 115-120.
Rowse, T. 2010, ‘The complexity of the object of consent: some Australian stories’, in, Webber, J. and McLeod, C. (eds), Between Consenting Peoples, University of British Columbia Press, pp 115-140.
Rowse, T. 2009, 'Indigenous Politics', in, Chapter 24 of Rhodes, R. A. W. (ed.), The Australian Study of Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp 314-324.
Rowse, T. 2008, 'Indigenous culture: the politics of vulnerability and survival', in, Bennett, T. and Frow, J. (eds), The Sage Handbook of Cultural Analysis, Los Angeles: Sage, pp 406-426.
Rowse, T. 2008, 'Nugget Coombs', in, Cochrane, P. (eds), Australian Greats, Melbourne: William Heinemann Australia, pp 173-176.
Rowse, T. 2008, 'A gift of nature? Historical perspectives on Australia's northern border', in, Lagayette, P. (eds), Rencontres Australiennes, Paris: Sorbonne, pp 175-195.
Rowse, T. 2008, 'After the Dreaming: the Boyer Lecturer as social critic', in, Hinkson, M. and Beckett, J. (eds), An appreciation of difference: W.E.H Stanner and Aboriginal Australia, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, pp 251-270.
Rowse, T. 2011, ‘Debating the categories of remote indigenous sociality’, Alternatives: Global, local, political, 36(1): 39-47.
Rowse, T. 2011, ‘Knowing and not knowing: the Ngarrindjeri dilemma’, Life Writing, 7(3), 245-258
Mitchell, M. and Rowse, T. 2011, ‘Police officers’ experience of Indigenous “capacity”’, Australian Indigenous Law Review, 15(1): 34-46.
Rowse, T. and Smith, L. 2010, 'The limits of "elimination" in the politics of population', Australian Historical Studies, 41(1): 90-106.
Rowse, T. 2010, ‘The reforming state, the concerned public and Indigenous political actors’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 56(1): 66-81.
Rowse, T. 2009, (review article) P.Sutton ‘The Politics of Suffering’, Aboriginal History, 33: 234-244.
Rowse, T. 2009, 'The Ontological Politics of 'Closing the Gaps'’, Journal of Cultural Economy, 2(1&2): 33-48.
Rowse, T. 2009, 'Official Statistics and the Contemporary Politics of Indigeneity', Australian Journal of Political Science, 44(2): 193-211.
Rowse, T. 2006, ‘The public occasions of Indigenous selves: three Ngarrindjeri autobiographies’, Aboriginal History, 30: 187-207.
Rowse, T. 2004, ‘Indigenous autobiography in Australia and the United States’ (opens in a new window), Australian Humanities Review, August-October issue.