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Associate Professor of US and International History, The University of Melbourne

Barbara Keys is the author of two books: Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2014), which offers an explanation of the origins of the human rights “boom” of the 1970s in the United States; and the prizewinning Globalizing Sport: National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s (Harvard University Press, 2006), a transnational study of the emergence of international sports competitions as a significant political and cultural force in the interwar years. She has a PhD in History from Harvard University and has taught at the University of Melbourne since 2006. Her current research projects are on transnational campaigns against torture since 1945; the influence of Henry Kissinger and his consulting firm Kissinger Associates on Sino-American relations from 1971 to the present; and the idealisms associated with international sport.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of U.S. and International History, University of Melbourne


  • 2001 
    Harvard University, Ph.D.