History of emotions; emotions in diplomacy and negotiation
History of human rights
History of international relations (human rights, torture, intercultural relations, sports, Olympic Games, human rights in the Soviet Union)
History of the Olympics Games; history of sport
Torture in the 1970s
U.S. foreign relations
United States history
history of Russia and Soviet Union
Barbara Keys began her teaching career in 2003 after receiving her PhD in History from Harvard University. Before coming to Melbourne she taught at California State University in Sacramento and was a research fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley, the Center for European Studies at Harvard, and the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung in Berlin. Her teaching areas include 20th century international relations, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. history, and the Cold War in global perspective. She is the recipient of the 2010 Stuart Bernath Lecture Prize, awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the University of Melbourne's 2015 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Barbara comments on U.S. politics, international human rights issues, and the politics of the Olympic Games. She has written on contemporary debates for The Conversation, Pursuit, and ABC.net.au and has appeared on ABC's The Minefield, ABC News 24, Studio10, and various radio news programs.
Barbara's research interests are broadly in the areas of international human rights, the influence of transnational movements and organizations on international affairs, the role of emotions in history, and the history of sport. Her recent book, Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2014), offers an explanation of the origins of the human rights “boom” of the 1970s in the United States. Her current projects include a book on anti-torture campaigns since the end of the Second World War and their effects on global human rights movements, and a book on Henry Kissinger and Sino-American re
I welcome inquiries from research students who are considering pursuing a degree in History and who are interested in writing on topics such as the history of international relations, U.S. foreign relations, U.S.-China relations, Australian foreign relations, human rights, intercultural relations, nongovernmental organisations, the 1970s and 1980s, emotions, and international sports and the Olympic Games. Past and present research students have written on such topics as human rights in Western foreign policy during the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Whitlam government's policy toward the PLO, the Johnson administration's use of intelligence, Greenpeace's campaign to protect Antarctica, the origins of the 1988 apology to Japanese-Americans for the World War II internment, the intellectual history of American conservatism, religiously based anti-evolutionism, and veterans of the Vietnam War who return to Vietnam.