Expertise: Australian social history and politics (especially politics of education) and social commentary.
Masters in Education in the politics of education, especially State Aid debates
Doctoral thesis on the politics of education in Alberta.
Spent sabbatical at ANU Humanities Research Unit and wrote book on history of masculinity in Australia since 1930s, Fathers, Sons and Lovers ( Finch 1996). Later book: What Is the Matter with Boys? (Choice Books, 2002, Sydney.)
Edited (with J. Bright) Australia: From Empire to Asia: Sources in Twentieth Century Australian History, 1968; 2nd ed.1980
A History of Parramatta was published by Kangaroo Press in 1990. Articles in People and Place on 'racism' in Cronulla; and on boys' education. Many articles on educational policy and politics of education, and book :
Michael Hogan and Peter West, Making Policy in a Changing Context: The Education Policy Process in NSW, Melbourne University 1980.
Writes often for www.onlineopinion.com.au on wide range of current issues. Also for Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Canberra Times.
Speaker on: boys' education, raising boys and men's social and emotional health