Professor Phillip Deery

Professor Phillip Deery

BA Hons (LaTrobe), DipEd (La Trobe), Cert American Studies (NYU), PhD (LaTrobe)

Director, Research & Research Training, College of Arts

Phillip is an historian of the Cold War with a special interest in the impact of communism, anti-communism and espionage on the politics and culture of Australia, Great Britain and the United States.

Phillip is a review editor of Labour History, was a guest editor of American Communist History, and is a research associate with the London School of Economics and Political Science Ideas Cold War Studies Program. He has received two fellowships from New York University to undertake research into the Cold War. He has also received numerous teaching and research awards, including:

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • British Academy award
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Research
  • Ann Hilda-Sainsbury Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching (national finalist)

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Phillip Deery has authored more than 100 scholarly publications in the fields of Cold War studies, intelligence and national security, labour movement history and Communist Party history. View more of Philip's publications.

Deery, P., Milner L. (2015), ‘Political Theatre and the State, Melbourne and Sydney, 1936-1953’, History Australia, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 113-36.

Deery, P. (2015), ‘”Lock Up Holt, Throw Away Ky”: The Visit of Prime Minister Ky to Australia, 1967’, Labour History, No. 109, November, pp. 55-75.

Clohesy, L., Deery, P. (2015), ‘The Prime Minister and the Bomb: John Gorton, William Wentworth and the quest for an atomic Australia’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 61, No. 2, pp. 217-32.

Deery, P., Bongiorno, F. (2014), ‘Labor, Loyalty and Peace: Two Anzac Controversies of the 1920s’, Labour History, No. 106, May, pp. 205-228.

Deery, P. (2014), ‘Securing Justice? The Australian Campaign to save the Rosenbergs’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 3-17.

Books

Schrecker, E. & Deery, P. (2016), The Age of McCarthyism. A Brief History with Documents. Third Edition (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press).

Deery, P. & Kimber, J. (eds) (2015), Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century (Melbourne: Leftbank Press).

Deery, P. (2014) Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York (New York: Fordham University Press).

Deery, P. and Del Pero, M. (2011) Spiare e Tradire: Dietro le Quinte della Guerra Fredda [Espionage and Betrayal: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War] (Milan: Feltrinelli Press).

Kimber, J., Love, P. and Deery, P. (eds) (2007) Labour Traditions (Melbourne: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History).

Refereed chapters

Deery, P. (2016), ‘American Communism’ in Norman Naimark, Sophie Quinn-Judge & Silvio Pons (eds), Cambridge History of Communism Volume Two – The Socialist Camp and World Power 1941-1968, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Deery, P. (2016), ‘Petrov, Vladimir Mikhailovich (1907–1991)’ and ‘Petrova, Evdokia Alekseevna (1914–2002), in Melanie Nolan (ed), Australian Dictionary of Biography. Volume 20 1991-2000 L-Z (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press)

Deery, P. (2009) '"These are not ordinary times": Political Persecution in Cold War America', in Bobbie Oliver (ed), Labour History in the New Century (Perth: Black Swan Press), pp. 111-20.

Deery, P. (2008) 'Scientist in Russia: Eric Ashby' in Sheila Fitzpatrick and Carolyn Rasmussen (eds), Political Tourists: Australian Travellers to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), pp. 260-76.

Deery, P. (2007) '"There is no half way": Australia's Cold War at Home', in Deborah Gare and David Ritter (eds), Making Australian History: Perspectives on the past since 1788. (Melbourne: Thomson, 2007), pp. 460-7, 474-5.

Conference presentations

Deery, P. (2016), Keynote speaker, ‘Division and Discord in Cold War Australia: Communism and Anti-communism’, Divisions, Discord and Disputes in Tasmanian and Australian History, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies 31st Annual Conference, University of Tasmania, September.

Deery, P. (2015), Opening address: ‘Revisiting the Cold War: Historians, Communism and Espionage’, international conference, Judging the Past in a Post-Cold War World, University of Sydney, September.

Deery, P. & L. Milner (2015), ‘“Insidious Propaganda”: the New Theatre and State Repression’, 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, Melbourne, February.

Deery, P. (2014), ‘The Workers’ Theatre Movement: Local and Global, 1935-1955’, 45th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions, New York University, New York, October.

Deery, P. (2014), ‘How the Left Challenges American Exceptionalism’, AFEA (French Association of American Studies) Congress; theme: The USA: Models, Counter-Models, The End of Models?, Sorbonne University, Paris, May.

View more of Phillip's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate: American history, European history

Fourth year Honours: Cold War history

Coordination

BA History program coordinator

BA Honours program coordinator

Postgraduate research students

Completions (principal supervisor): 12 PhD, five MA

Current supervision (principal supervisor): four PhD

Appearances in the media

Professor Deery is a regular commentator on Australian political and social history. He was interviewed on Late Night Live (3RN) and New York Public Radio (WNYC) in 2014 and for the SBS television series Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia in 2013.

Portfolios

Areas of expertise

  • Cold War history
  • Communist Party history
  • Espionage and intelligence history

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4597