I graduated with a Ph.D. in History from The University of Western Australia in 1990. After fixed term contracts at Edith Cowan University, ANU and the University of Canberra, I was appointed Post Doctoral Fellow at Curtin University in 1997. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (History) in 2000 and Associate Professor of History in 2009. I retired in 2018. I have published 15 books as author, co-author, editor or co-editor. These include: War and Peace in Western Australia (UWA Press, 1995); Unity is Strength (API Network, 2003); The Workshops (UWA Press, 2006); The Locomotive Enginemen (Black Swan Press, 2016) and A Natural Battleground (Interventions Publications 2019). The Workshops won the 2006 Premier's Prize for Western Australian History. I have also published in academic journals and conference proceedings. My most recent publication is "'No place for Tourists": Deaths on Western Australian Construction Sites", Labour History, no. 119 (forthcoming November 2020), pp. 119-46.