James Waghorne is based in the Centre for the Study for Higher Education. He is a historian who works on the history of universities. His research considers the emergence of university programs and methods of university teaching, the influence of university campuses and their wider precincts, and staff, student and alumni organisations, in order to explore universities’ wider social, political and cultural roles. He has written three books, one, with Stuart Macintyre, a history of civil liberties in Australia, and the second of Judicial Administration in Australia since the 1970s, third a history of the Melbourne Family Club Co-op child-care centre. Among his other work have been two Witness Seminars on the University's recent past, on the Immigration Reform Group and the HIV/AIDS crisis in Australia in the 1980s.