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Honorary Research Fellow, La Trobe University

Dr. James Kirby is a COFUND Junior Research Fellow in History at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He completed his PhD at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, under the supervision of Dr. Roland Burke. His doctoral dissertation was a history of human rights and decolonisation in Botswana. This study included research trips to archives in Botswana, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has published peer-reviewed articles in several international journals, including Cold War History, The International History Review, and The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. He also has a chapter in The Routledge History of Human Rights, edited by Jean Quataert and Lora Wildenthal. James’ research reveals the importance of African and Global South actors in the international history of human rights. He has a passion for teaching contemporary African politics and international history, especially in the context of decolonisation, the Cold War, and the anti-apartheid movement. James is currently working on studies of human rights in The Gambia and Mauritius, and turning his PhD dissertation into a book.


  • 2013–present
    Tutor, La Trobe University


  • 2017 
    La Trobe University, Doctor of Philosophy (History)
  • 2012 
    La Trobe University, History with Honours