Dr Thomas Kehoe

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Thomas Kehoe


I am a European historian and criminologist with a focus on Germany and the United States. I have published in major international journals and am working on my first book, Social Disorder, Crime, and Governance in US-Controlled Germany, which extends my PhD research. My postdoctoral project continues the theme of crime and governance during occupation, and explores the many historical cases of US-led foreign occupation. My other research is more firmly based in German history and spans Nazi propaganda, non-German soldiers in the Wehrmacht, and tobacco use in post-World War Two Germany.

I have taught extensively as tutor, unit coordinator, and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, the University of New England, the Australian Catholic University, and Swinburne University of Technology. As such, I am also interested in the scholarship of learning and teaching. At Swinburne, I was head Learning Designer for the Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design, responsible for academic development, curriculum design, and enhancing the use of learning technologies across the faculty. In this role, I worked with academics and content from diverse disciplines ranging from history and sociology, to psychology and health sciences.


PhD, University of Melbourne, MA, University of Sydney, Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Swinburne University of Technology, BA (Hons), University of Melbourne

Teaching Areas

  • Modern European History, 1750 – Present
  • Historical Criminology
  • Modern American History, 1750 – Present
  • Academic Skills, and the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching

Research Interests

  • Crime, social control, and policing through history.
  • US military occupation from the 19th Century to the present.
  • Europe’s post-World War Two history.
  • Philosophy of history.
  • Teaching history at university.


[In Press] Kehoe, Thomas J., Penelope Schofield, Elizabeth Branigan, and Michael Wilmore. “The Double Flip: Applying a Flipped Learning Approach to Teach the Teacher and Improving   Student Satisfaction.” Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice (Accepted for publication: 31 October 2017).

[In Press] Kehoe, Thomas J. and Elizabeth M. Greenhalgh. “‘An Indispensable Luxury’: British American Tobacco in the Occupation of Germany, 1945-1948.” Business History (Accepted for publication: 11 September 2017).

[In Press] Kehoe, Thomas J. and Elizabeth M. Greenhalgh. “Living Propaganda and Self-Serving Recruitment: The Nazi Rationale for the German-Arab Training Unit, May 1941 to May 1943.” War in History (Accepted for publication: 7 March 2016).

Kehoe, Thomas J. and E. James Kehoe. “A Reply to Robert Dykstra.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 47, No. 3 (2017), 385-396.

Kehoe, Thomas J. “Control, Disempowerment, Fear, and Fantasy: Violent Criminality During the Early American Occupation of Germany, March-July 1945.” Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 62, No. 4 (2016), 561-575.

Kehoe, Thomas J. (w. Amos Goldberg, A. Dirk Moses, Raz Segal, Martin Shaw, and Gerhard Wolf), “Israel Charny’s Attack on the Journal of Genocide Studies and its Authors: A Response.” Genocide Studies and Prevention, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016), 3-22.

Kehoe, Thomas J. and E. James Kehoe. “Crimes Committed by US Soldiers in Europe, 1945-1946.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 47, No. 1(Summer, 2016), 53-84.

Kehoe, Thomas J. and Frederik Juliaan Vervaet. “Honor and Humiliation in Apuleius’ Apologia.Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies, Vol. 68, No. 4 (2015), 605-640.

Kehoe, Thomas J. “Fighting for Our Mutual Benefit: Understanding and Contextualising the Intentions behind Nazi Propaganda for the Arabs during World War Two.” Journal of   Genocide Research, Vol. 14, No. 2(2012), 137-157.


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellow