Anthony Ashbolt

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Location: 19:2039
Phone: 4221 3703

B.A. (Hons), Dip.Ed, Macquarie University
Ph.D, Australian National University


While having a background in History, Anthony Ashbolt taught in the discipline of Politics at Macquarie University, the Australian National University and the University of New England before arriving at the University of Wollongong in 1991. In recent years he has taught subjects in the field of American politics, media politics, political theory, culture and politics, and America in the 1960s. He also developed and is in charge of the Politics Internship progam and subject. 

Research Interests

Anthony Ashbolt’s main areas of research and publication are in American history, politics and culture. He has a particular interest in radicalism in the 1960s and his book on the San Francisco Bay Area in that period has generated much international interest. He is currently engaged in further research and writing about the counterculture and gave a paper at the 2017 conference in San Francisco marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love. He has also published in the field of political theory, music and politics, public policy and Australian radical history.


Honours and postgraduate supervision has covered a wide range of topics including politics and the media, political philosophy, the politics and practice of neoliberalism, Australian Communist and radical activists, urban and environmental politics, music and radical history.

Select Publications and Performance


A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Pickering & Chatto, 2013; London, Routledge, 2016 (pbk).

Book Chapters 

  • “Music, the Political Score and Communism in Australia 1945-1968” in R. Adlington (ed.), Red Strains: Music and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp.133-147. (co-author Glenn Mitchell).
  • “Death Decline or Atrophy? The Necessity of Politics”, in T. Battin (ed.), The Passion of Politics: Essays in Honour of Graham Maddox, Sydney, Pearson, 2005, pp. 1-13.
  • “Private Desires, Public Pleasures: Community and Identity in a Postmodern World”, in E. Vasta (ed.), Citizenship, Community and Democracy, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2000, pp. 129-140.


  • “And the Lives are Many: The Print Culture of Australian Communism”, Twentieth Century Communism, no. 12, 2017, pp. 37-61. (co-author Rowan Cahill).
  • “Pete Seeger: A Life of Song and the Power of ‘We’, The Conversation, January 31, 2013, pp. 1-6.
  • “Bohemians, Bridges and Bolsheviks: Radical San Francisco Before Flower Power”, Illawarra Unity, vol. 11 no. 1, 2012, pp. 27-50.
  • “Public Education for Our Future”, Dissent, 34, Summer 2010/2011, pp. 37-40.
  • “Public Education and the Public Good”, Illawarra Unity, vol. 10 no. 1, 2010, pp. 514-7; reprinted upon request in The Queensland Principal, vol. 38 no. 1, March 2011, 33-4.
  • “’Go Ask Alice': Remembering the Summer of Love Forty Years On”, Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 26 no.2, December 2007, pp.35-47.
  • “Hegemony and the Sixties: Observations, Polemics, Meanderings”, Rethinking Marxism, volume 19 no. 2, April 2007, pp. 208-220.
  • “Public Education in the Universe of Closed Discourse”, Overland, 186, Autumn 2007, pp. 86-9.
  • “Love and Hate in European Eyes: Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman on America”, Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 22 no. 1, 2003, 1-14.


Last reviewed: 6 March, 2019