Sean Scalmer studied political economy and political science at the University of Sydney, before undertaking a PhD on intellectuals and class in the Australian labour movement. He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Politics, Macquarie University (1998-2004), then as a Lecturer in Sociology (2004-2006) at the same University. He joined the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Sean's major interests are in the histories of social movements, class, and democracy. He is the author of a number of books in these fields, including: Dissent Events (UNSW Press, 2002), Activist Wisdom (with Sarah Maddison) (UNSW Press, 2006), The Little History of Australian Unionism (The Vulgar Press, 2006), and, most recently, Gandhi in the West: The Mahatma and the Rise of Radical Protest (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is currently working on a history of the relationship between political campaigning and democracy in America.