Associate Professor Craig Campbell

PhD(Adelaide), BA(Hons)(Adelaide), DipEd(Adelaide)

Honorary Associate Professor, History of Education


Phone: +61 2 9558 9708


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Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change


history of secondary education, history of adolescence, history of schooling, school choice

Professional biography

Craig joined the University of Sydney as a historian of education in 1994. He has researched and written extensively in the history of Australian secondary education and adolescence. In recent times he has also written on educational sociology and policy.

His work was recognised on three occasions by funding from the Australian Research Council.

Craig has been a significant office bearer within the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society, and the International Standing Conference of the History of Education.

Before becoming an academic, Craig was a high-school teacher and teacher union leader in South Australia. His doctorate was completed in the period 1991–1993 at the University of Adelaide. Its topic was a regionally based exploration of the history of adolescence and secondary schooling in the 20th century.

During his academic career Craig led teams teaching educational history, sociology of education and social science research methods. In 2009 he retired from paid academic work and accepted an invitation to become Honorary Associate Professor.

His research continues. With Helen Proctor he has recently completed the first general history of Australian schooling published since 1980.

In 2013 he assumed the cordinating editorship of the History of Education Review. Also in 2013 he co-planned, edited and published DEHANZ: Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand.

His new book project, with Associate Professor Debra Hayes, is a biography of Jean Blackburn (1919-2001). Blackburn was the most significant woman policy maker for education in Australia in the twentieth century. As the main writer of two Karmel reports in the 1970s, and full-time Australian Schools Commissioner with major responsibility for the Disadvantaged Schools Program, her biography will contribute to the historical understanding of educational policy in Australia.

For mail, please use following address:

PO Box H60, Hurlstone Park NSW 2193, Australia

Professional and community roles

  • Member of editorial board, Nordic Journal of Educational History.

  • Member of the Scientific Committee, the journal: Espacio, Tiempo y Educación.

  • Guest editor, Paedagogica Historica double issue planned for 2016. This issue publishes the best papers of the International Standing Conference of the History of Education (ISCHE) on culture and education. Co-guest editors are Associate Professor Filiz Meseci and Professor Ali Arslan, both from Istanbul University.

Current projects

  • Biography of Jean Blackburn (1919-2002), former commissioner of the Australian Schools Commission, author of the Blackburn Report (Victoria) and Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Joint project with Associate Professor Deb Hayes.
  • Continuing the writing of entries for the new Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand. This is an on-line publication to be found at
  • A chapter on Australian and New Zealand scholarship in the history of education in a handbook on the field to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Cowritten with Dr Maxine Stephenson, University of Auckland.

Selected publications


  • Campbell, C. & Proctor, H. (2014). A history of Australian schooling. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Campbell, C. & Sherington, G. (2013). The comprehensive public high school: Historical perspectives. (2nd ed.), New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Craig Campbell. (2010). Unley High School: 100 Years of Public Education. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.
  • Connell, R, Campbell, C, Vickers, M, Welch, A, Foley, D, Bagnall, N, Hayes, D. (2010). Education, Change and Society. (2nd ed.), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, C, Proctor, H, Sherington, G. (2009). School Choice: How parents negotiate the new school market in Australia. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Campbell, C, Sherington, G. (2007). Going to School in Oceania. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
  • Connell, R, Campbell, C, Vickers, M, Welch, A, Foley, D, Bagnall, N. (2007). Education, Change & Society(First Edition) Second revised Edition 2010 Third Revised Edition, 2013. (1st ed.), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, C, Sherington, G. (2006). The comprehensive public high school: Historical perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Campbell, C, Hooper, C, Fearnley-Sander, M. (1999). Toward the State High School in Australia: 1850-1925. Sydney: ANZHES.

Book chapters

  • Campbell, C. (2015). History of Education Review (HER) (Australia and New Zealand). In J.L. Hernandez Huerta, A. Cagnolati & A. Diestro Fernandez (Ed.), Connecting history of education: Scientific journals as international tools for a global world (pp. 145–150), Salamanca: Faren House.
  • Campbell, C. & K. Whitehead. (2015). Thinking historically about the schooling of young people in the 'middle years'. In Susan Groundwater-Smith & Nicole Mockler (Ed.), Big fish, little fish: Teaching and learning in the middle years (pp. 15–26), Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, C. (2013). Epilogue. In , The comprehensive public high school (pp. 165–179), New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Campbell, C. (2012). Developing a 1950s imagination in Woodville Gardens. In Susan Blackburn (Ed.), Growing up in Adelaide in the 1950s (pp. 29–51), Sydney: Hale & Iremonger.
  • Campbell, C. (2010). Class and competition. In R. Connell et al. (Ed.), Education, Change and Society (2nd ed., pp. 93–139), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell C. (2010). Schools and school choice. In R. Connell et al. (Ed.), Education, Change and Society (2nd ed., pp. 272–308), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, C. (2010). Researching education: A research project. In R. Connell et al. (Ed.), Education, Change and Society (2nd ed., pp. 390–410), Melbourne: Oxford Univeristy Press.
  • Sherington, G, Campbell, C. (2007). Middle class formations and the emergence of national schooling: a historiographical review of the Australian debate. In Tolley K (Ed.), Transformations in Schooling: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (Vol. 1, pp. 15–39), New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Campbell, C. (2007). Schooling in Australia. In C. Campbell & G. Sherington (Ed.), Going to school in Oceania (pp. 9–77), Westport (Conn.): Greenwood Press.

Journal articles

  • C.Campbell. (2016). History of education research in Australia. Espacio, Tiempo y Educacion, 3(2), 3–15.
  • Campbell, C. (2015). Making the middle class: Schooling and social class formation. History of Education Review, 44(1), 54–70.
  • Campbell C. (2010). Cold War, the universities and public education: The contexts of J. B. Conant's mission to Australia and New Zealand, 1951. History of Education Review, 39(1), 21–37.
  • Campbell, C. (2007). The Middle Class and the Government High School: Private Interests and Public Institutions in Australian Education in the Late Twentieth Century, with Reference to the Case of Sydney. History of Education Review, 36(2), 1–18.
  • Campbell, C, Sherington, G, White, M. (2007). Borders and boundaries in the history of education. Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education , 43(1), 1–6.
  • Campbell, C, Sherington, G. (2006). A genealogy of an Australian system of comprehensive high schools: The contribution of educational progressivism to the one best form of universal secondary education (1900-1940). Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education , 42(1-2), 191–210.
  • Campbell, C. (2005). Changing school loyalties and the middle class: A reflection on the developing fate of state comprehensive high schooling. Australian Educational Researcher, 32(1), 3–24.


  • C Campbell (Ed). (2010). Carnegie Corporation intervention into the universities of Australia and New Zealand in the early 1950s: The visit and reports of James B. Conant (Journal Special Issue), History of Education Review, 39(1), pp. 3-56..
  • Campbell, C. (2009). Parents anxious over school choice, The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Commission).