PROF David Goodman

PROF David Goodman


  • American history, Australian history (radio, democracy, public discussion, cultural history)



  • David Goodman completed a BA (Hons.), Dip. Ed., and MA in History at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in History at the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Sydney 1986-89 in American and Australian histories, and has taught at the University of Melbourne since 1990, first in Australian studies and then in American history. His 1994 book Gold Seeking - Victoria and California in the 1850s was published by Allen and Unwin and Stanford University Press; his 2011 book Radio's Civic Ambition: American Broadcasting and Democracy in the 1930s was published by Oxford University Press, New York. His recent publications have been on the history of broadcasting in the United States; he is now completing a study of the local debate about American entry into World War 2.   


Member of

  • The Radio Journal. Member of editorial board 2007 -
  • Australia and NZ American Studies Association. President July 2006 - June 2010 2006 - 2010


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Chicago 1992
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1982
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne 1979
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1978

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2014
  • University of Melbourne - Woodward Medal, 2012
  • James Holt Prize, for best article published in the Australasian Journal of American Studies, Australia and NZ American Studies Association, 2006
  • Ernest Scott Prize for best book on Australian or New Zealand history published in 1994/95, University of Melbourne Ernest Scott Prize, 1996
  • W.K. Hancock Prize for best first book on any subject published in 1994/95 for Gold Seeking � Victoria and California in the 1850s, Australian Historical Association Hancock prize, 1996



Available for supervision

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