BA(Hons), PhD(Mon), DipEd(Melb)
History, Heritage And Archaeology

Bruce Scates is a Professor of History at the Australian National University. He has written on Australian and New Zealand labour history, the social and cultural aspects of Australia’s war experience and his research into frontier violence received special commendation in the First Report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. Professor Scates is the recipient of National, State and Faculty awards for excellence in teaching, sharing several of these achievements with his colleague, Professor Rae Frances. He led several ARC projects investigating aspects of the legacy of Australia's involvement in both world wars and in 2020 was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to embark on a comparative study of war remembrance.

Professor Scates has served on a number of state and national committees including the Historial de la Grande Guerre in France and the National Archives Advisory Council. In 20011-13 he chaired the Military History and Heritage Committee of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board. Professor Scates has also been advisor to major exhibitions at the National Museum of Australia and the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria. He has delivered the NSW Annual History Lecture, the Sir Keith Sinclair Address, the Allan Martin Lecture, the Russell Ward Lecture and the Menzies Lecture in London. He has also written and produced a documentary series, ‘Australian Journey’. Co-presented with Dr Susan Carland it involved a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia, ANU, Monash University and a host of cultural agencies across the country. 

Professor of History, Australian National University, since 2017

Professor of History and Australian Studies, Monash University, 2007-2017

Lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor, UNSW, 1992-2207

Lecturer at the University of Auckland, 1989-1992

Lecturer at Murdoch University 1987-89

Fulbright 70th Anniversary Scholar Award, awarded in honour of Norman Harper, 2020

History Teachers Association, Award for Excellent and Sustained Contribution to the Teaching and Learning of History, 2017

NSW Quality Teaching Award, 2003

Australian Award for Outstanding University Teaching, 2002

UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2002

NSW History Fellowship, 1999, Awarded by the Premier of NSW

NSW Premiers’ History Prize 1998, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Women and the Great War, Cambridge, 1997

Scates,B (2015) World War One: A History in One Hundred Stories, Melbourne, Penguin, 2015.

Scates,B. (2013) Anzac Journeys: Returning to the Battlefields of World War II, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Scates,B. (2012) On Dangerous Ground: A Gallipoli Story, Crawley, UWA Press, 2012.

Scates, B. (2009) A Place to Remember: A History of the Shrine of Remembrance, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Scates, B. (2006) Return to Gallipoli: Walking the Battlefields of the Great War, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Scates, B. (1997) A New Australia: Citizenship, Radicalism and Labour’s First Republic, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997.