Adjunct Profess Judith Smart


Adjunct Professor

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School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

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College of Design and Social Context


Judith Smart

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Judith Smart is a principal fellow at the University of Melbourne and an adjunct professor at RMIT University. She has published articles on Australian women's organisations, conservative and radical, in the first half of the 20th Century, as well as historical studies of women and political protest, women and religion, attitudes towards the venereal diseases and measures for their control, labour youth organisation, the impact of war, the Miss Australia beauty contest and the Billy Graham crusade in Australia in 1959. Current projects include (with Professor Marian Quartly, Porfessor Emerita Monash University) an ARC Linkage–funded history of the National Council of Women of Australia; and an ARC Linkage, co-ordinated by Professor Patricia Grimshaw at the University of Melbourne, on Women and Leadership in 20th Century Australia. The principal outcome of this project will be an online encyclopedia, which Judith is co-editing with Professor Shurlee Swain of the Australian Catholic University. Dr Smart is also a past editor of Australian Historical Studies and of the Victorian Historical Journal, and is on the publications committee of the Royal Victorian Historical Society, the editorial committee of Women’s Studies International Forum and the editorial board of the online journal of the Public Record Office of Victoria, Provenance. She is a member of the executive of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (Melbourne Branch), and also of the Victorian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In addition, she is a Royal Historical Society of Victoria Councillor and deputy chair of the History Council of Victoria. She has successfully supervised or co-supervised 7 PhD theses to completion.


  • BA (Hons) Monash
  • DipEd Monash
  • PhD Monash

Research interests

  • Women’s political organisations and history.
  • Twentieth-century Australian feminism.
  • Australian consumer/consumption history.
  • History of temperance, venereal disease and moral reform.
  • History of women’s political protest.
  • Religion and spirituality in mass women’s organisations.
  • The Australian home front in World Wars I and II.

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