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Lecturer, Deakin University

Dr Billy Griffiths is an Australian writer and historian. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018), won the Ernest Scott Prize, the Felicia A. Holton Book Award, the John Mulvaney Book Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and the 2019 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. He lectures in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne.

He is also the author of The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Monash University Publishing, 2012) and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations (Monash University Publishing, 2015). He is a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), and a member of the Australian Book Review Board. He received the 2020 Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.


  • 2017–present
    Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2017–2019
    Research fellow, Deakin University


  • 2018 
    University of Sydney, PhD