Beginning his postgraduate journey with a thesis that had a major focus on transnational labour movements of the early 20th century, James Bennett’s research has since broadened into several interconnected strands with the relationship between Australia and New Zealand as their central organising principle. To date, James has turned his attention to representing history in film, incidents of resistance in the history of the city of Newcastle, the First World War, the medicalisation and demedicalisation of homosexuality, the ANZAC legend, and the critical pedagogy of tertiary level history. A Senior Lecturer in History, he has held a number of university governance roles including Head of the History discipline in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, and Student Academic Conduct Officer for that School. His professional memberships include the International Society for First World War Studies, the Australian Historical Association and Friends of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He has authored or co-edited several books, and had articles published in many national and international journals on Australian history, New Zealand history, transnational history, sexual history and film and history including: the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History; History Compass; Australian Journal of Politics and History; Social History of Medicine; War and Society and Journal of New Zealand Studies. In 2006 he co-edited a special issue on gender readings in history and film for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.