Emeritus Professor, Monash University

Professor Jenny Hocking is Emeritus Professor at Monash University and the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University. She is the author of three biographies including the two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam - Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History (Melbourne University Press, 2008) and Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP. 2012) - short-listed for several awards, including the Prime Ministers Awards for Literature and the National Biography Award, and winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Barbara Ramsden Award. Her latest book is The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know About November 1975 – The Palace Connection (MUP. 2017) and her essay ‘Relics of colonialism: The Whitlam dismissal and the Palace letters’ appeared in Griffith Review Issue 59 ‘Commonwealth Now’ (2018). She is a frequent media commentator and public speaker on biography, Australian politics, the Whitlam dismissal and an Australian Republic.


  • –present
    Australian Research Council DORA Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University


Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia