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Assoc. Prof. Nick Carter Name: Assoc. Prof. Nick Carter
Associate Professor (Modern History)
+612 9701 4587
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities (NSW)
Mary MacKillop Place(7 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)-Level 2-Room2.14
Biographical Information

Nick Carter is Associate Professor in Modern History. Before joining ACU in July 2013, he was Head of History at the University of Wales, Newport (UK), 2010-13, and Head of History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), 2001-04. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Southampton (UK), the University of New South Wales and Monash University. He is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian history and historiography, including the Italian Risorgimento in transnational context and the management and memory of the 'difficult heritage' of Fascist monuments, monumental art and architecture in postwar Italy. A/Prof Carter is also currently a chief investigator on the ARC Linkage project 'Conviction Politics', which explores the transnational and convict routes/roots of Australian democracy. His research has been published in leading international academic presses and journals in the UK and Italy. He is a fully accredited supervisor at ACU (For further details of A/Prof Carter's research click here.)

A/Prof Carter is currently (2020) Higher Degree Research coordinator in the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU. He was Director (International) in the Faculty, 2015-2018, and National Course Coordinator (Global Studies and International Development Studies) in the National School of Arts, 2018-2020. He served on the University's Human Research Ethics Committee, 2018-2021.


1. Research: Joint winner of the Christopher Seton-Watson Memorial Prize for best article published in Modern Italy in 2019 ('The Meaning of Monuments: Remembering Italo Balbo in Italy and the United States').

2. Teaching: Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2018 (awarded 2019, co-recipient with Duncan Cook). ACU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2018 (with Duncan Cook and Chris Matthew). Faculty of Education and Arts Learning Innovations Award, 2015 (with Duncan Cook and Chris Matthew). A/Prof Carter has also been a co-recipient (with David Sadler) of a Jean Monnet European Integration and University Studies Course Holder Award.



Carter, N. (ed.) (2015) Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Selected Reviews: 'Innovative, sophisticated and multi-dimensional.' Eugenio Biagini (University of Cambridge), Modern Italy, 21(1), 2016.

Carter, N. (2010) Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, 1870-Present, London: Bloomsbury Academic. Selected Reviews: 'The austere title of this book does not do justice to the scope and range of the subjects and issues that are examined within its pages. As the seventy pages of endnotes and bibliography attest, his findings rest upon a deep immersion in an enormous body of literature.' Anthony Cardoza, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 18(4), 2013 'Carter's book is a work ... which well deserves translation into Italian and taking its place as an instant classic alongside works by [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg.' Luisa Morretin, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59(1), 2013.

Journal articles:

Carter, N. (2020) '"What shall we do with it now?" The Palazzo della Civilta Italiana and the Difficult Heritage of Italian Fascism', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 66 (3): 377-395.

Carter, N. (2019) 'Mazzini and Education', Annali di storia dell'educazione e delle istituzioni scolastiche, 26, pp. 6-26.

Carter, N. (2019). 'The Meaning of Monuments: Remembering Italo Balbo in Italy and the United States', Modern Italy, 24 (2): 219-235.

Carter, N., and Martin, S. (2019). 'Dealing with Difficult Heritage: Italy and the Material Legacies of Fascism, Modern Italy, 24 (2): 117-122.

Carter, N., and Martin, S. (2017) 'The management and memory of fascist monumental art in postwar and contemporary Italy: the case of Luigi Montanarini's Apotheosis of Fascism', Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 22(3): 338-364.

Carter, N., Zamagni, V., Federico, G., and A'Hearn, B. (2013) 'The Economy of Liberal Italy: A Roundtable Discussion', Modern Italy, 18(1): 81-94.

Carter, N. (2011) 'Rethinking the Italian Liberal State', Bulletin of Italian Politics, 3(2): 225-245.

Book chapters:

Carter, N (2019) 'Playing the liberal game: Sir James Hudson in Italy, 1852-1885', in M. Suonpää and O. Wright (eds.), Diplomacy and Intelligence in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Carter, N. (2015) 'Introduction: Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento' in N. Carter (ed.) Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-32. Selected Reviews: 'The best and most balanced current critical overview of the now extensive bodies of older and more recent literature.' John A. Davis, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 21(4), 2016 'Remarkably dense and erudite.' Giuseppe Finaldi, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62(1), 2016.

Carter, N. (2012) 'Sir James Hudson nella diplomazia inglese nella seconda metà dell'Ottocento', in E. Greppi and E. Pagella (eds.), Sir James Hudson nel Risorgimento italiano, Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 131-158.

Accepted manuscript versions of some my research outputs are available via ACU Research Bank:

Nick is currently engaged on two major research projects:
1. After Mussolini: The Difficult Heritage and Architectural Legacy of Dictatorship in Italy. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.
2. Conviction Politics: The Convict Routes of Australian Democracy. Nick is a Chief Investigator on this international and multidisciplinary ARC Linkage project (2020-2023).

Associate Professor Carter has worked in the university sector since 1991, and has extensive experience of Higher Education in both the UK and Australia. Nick began his academic career as a Lecturer in Modern European History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK). He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and became Head of Department in 2001. As Head, he successfully guided History at DMU through internal review and currciulum redesign. Nick left DMU in 2004 and subsequently worked as an e-learning consultant at the University of Northampton, a history lecturer at the University of South Wales and a lecturer in International Relations at Macquarie University, before returning to the UK in 2009 to take up a post at the University of Wales, Newport. Nick became Head of History at UWN in 2010. He took up his current post at ACU in 2013.     

Professional Memberships

Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI).  


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