You can contact me via email at: evan dot smith at flinders dot edu dot au (or hatfulofhistory at gmail dot com)

You can find me on twitter at @evanishistory.

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I am available for media interviews and opinion pieces. My main areas of expertise are:

  • ‘No platform’ and free speech issues
  • British and Australian politics (particularly the far left and the far right)
  • UK and Australian immigration and multicultural issues
  • Contemporary British and Australian history
  • Social and protest movements
  • Popular youth culture and its history
  • The history of national security in the British Empire/Commonwealth
  • Australian criminal justice history

I have written opinion pieces for several news, current affairs and academic sites, including:

‘How the First Gulf War Shaped the British Left’, Red Pepper, 11 March, 2021 (

‘Does Britain Have a Free Speech Problem?’, New Humanist, 11 January, 2021 (

‘From Football Hooligans to ‘One of Us’: A Short History of Reaction’, Open Democracy, 9 December, 2020 (with Aurelien Mondon) (

‘New Legislation Will Not Eliminate Student No-Platforming, Times Higher Education, 24 September, 2020 (

‘The “Crisis” Over Academic Freedom from the 1970s to the 2020s’, History Workshop Online, 10 August, 2020 (

‘How a Fringe Sect from the 1980s Influenced No. 10’s Attitude to Racism, The Guardian, 23 June, 2020. (

‘Today’s Anti-Fa Obsessed Hard Right Politicians are Rehashing the Ideas of 1930s Fascists’, The Independent, 6 June, 2020. (

‘The University “Free Speech Crisis” Has Been a Rightwing Myth for 50 Years’, The Guardian, 22 February, 2020. (

‘Public Menace or Provocateur? The Australian Government and the Issuing of Visas to Far-Right Speakers’, Overland, 11 June, 2019 (with Andrekos Varnava) (

’45 Years On: The History and Continuing Importance of “No Platform”’, New Socialist, 18 April, 2019. (

‘Campus Blacklisting Dates Back to the Blackshirts’, Times Higher Education, 24 January, 2019. (

‘Don’t Be Afraid to Call The Nazis: Framing the Far Right’, Overland, 24 January, 2019. (

’50 Years of Snowflakes’, Research Research, 8 November, 2018 (

‘Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Importance of the History of the Left in the Present Day’, 11 September, 2018 (with Jon Piccini and Matthew Worley). (

‘Restrictions on British Colonial Migrants in an Era of Free Movement: The Case of Cyprus’, History & Policy, 4 June, 2018 (with Andrekos Varnava). (

‘Old Left, New Left and Australia in the “Long 1968″‘, Verso Blog, 18 May, 2018 (with Jon Piccini). (

‘Free Speech on Campus: Open Futures Debate’, The Economist, 16-22 April, 2018 (debate with Lawrence Summers). (

‘No Platforming Needs No Reforming’, Times Higher Education, 25 January, 2018. (

‘Anti-Communism in the Liberal Party from Menzies to Turnbull’, Eureka Street, 1 September, 2017. (

‘How the Working Class Became White’, Eureka Street, 26 October, 2016. (

‘“Between the Bomb and the Ballot Box”: The History of the Far-Right in Australia’, The Guardian Australia, 16 August, 2016.(

‘Brexit and the History of Policing the Irish Border’, Policy Paper, History and Policy, 20 July, 2016. (

‘Brexit, Imperial Nostalgia and the “White Man’s World”, History and Policy, 20 June, 2016 (with Steven Gray). (

‘Archival Record Sheds New Light on UK Role in Whitlam’s Dismissal’, The Conversation, 9 November, 2015 (

My research with Marinella Marmo on the ‘virginity testing’ controversy was featured in many newspapers across the globe after The Guardian (here, here and here) ran a story on our article in Gender & History, which saw follow-up reports in The Independent (UK), The Daily Telegraph (UK), The New York TimesThe Times of India and The Huffington Post amongst others, as well as an interview with me on BBC Radio’s Today programme.

I was recently interviewed about my research on the history of ‘no platforming’ for the Bunker Daily podcast.

I was interviewed for the Weekly Worker and Periode/Historical Materialism about my research on the Communist Party of Great Britain and anti-racism.

I was interviewed by Phillip Adams about the British Maoist ‘slavery’ case for Radio National’s Late Night Live in late 2013.

So don’t hesitate to get in touch!