Brian Stoddart is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia where he served as Vice-Chancellor, and Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is also a higher education consultant internationally, a regular commentator on global issues, and a crime fiction writer.
He took his first two degrees in History from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, then a PhD from the University of Western Australia. His doctoral work was on nationalist politics in south India, beginning a long interest in the sub-continent. He then became a pioneer in the study of sports culture and his 1986 book, Saturday Afternoon Fever: Sport in the Australian Culture is still regarded as a definitive work. He went on to write several books and many articles on aspects of sport as involved in politics, international relations, business and the media as well as sports history. He is regarded internationally as an authority on Caribbean cricket and culture, sport and international politics, and sports media – he established one of the world’s first sports journalism degree programs at the University of Canberra in association with the Australian Institute of Sport.
He has also maintained a strong interest in India, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne. His recent books include A People’s Collector in the British Raj: Arthur Galletti (Delhi, 2011); Land, Water, Language and Politics in Andhra: Regional Evolution in India Since 1850 (Delhi, 2011); and (with Auriol Weigold (eds), India & Australia: Bridging Different Worlds (Delhi, 2011).
Brian Stoddart is also well known as a columnist and commentator, and works now with social media (@BrianStoddart, and www.professorbrianstoddart.com).
In his most recent work as a consultant, he has lived extensively and worked in Lao PDR, Jordan and Syria in addition to Cambodia. He is currently finalising an e-book entitled A House in Damascus recounting his experiences there immediately before the current problems.