Phillip Deery


Phillip Deery is Emeritus Professor of History at Victoria University, where he was Director of Research and Research Training in the College of Arts. He is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of Cold War studies, specialising in the social and political impact of the Cold War in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. Phillip also is a specialist in Australian communist and labour history.

Phillip is a graduate of La Trobe University, an international Associate of the London School of Economics Cold War Studies Project, guest editor of American Communist History, and a review editor of Labour History. He has been the recipient of a Fulbright award, a British Council award, and two competitive Research Fellowships at New York University. Phillip has won the Labour History Prize (1997 and 2019), the Wakefield Press Essay Prize (2019), the University Medal of Research Excellence, and was a national finalist in the Australian University Teaching Award for University Teaching. He has acted as historical consultant on numerous radio and television programs.

Phillip’s books examining the Cold War are Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York (New York, 2014, 2016), The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents, Third Edition with Ellen Schrecker (Boston, 2016), and Espionage and Betrayal: Behind the Scenes of the Cold War with Mario Del Pero (Milan, 2011). He is currently writing a book on Australia and the Cold War. His books examining Australian labour history include Labour in Conflict: The 1949 Coal Strike (Sydney, 1978), and Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century, co-edited with Julie Kimber (Melbourne, 2015). Phillip also has published over 100 articles and book chapters in the fields of communism, espionage, and the Cold War.

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