Professor Michael Sturma
BA Centre College of Kentucky, MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD Australian National University

Professor of History, School of Arts

About me

Michael Sturma grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and moved to Australia after being awarded an Australian National University PhD Scholarship. He taught at the Australian National University and the University of New England before joining Murdoch University in 1991.

Michael has published books on nineteenth-century crime, Australian rock’n'roll music and representations of the South Pacific, as well as four books on World War II submarines.  He was creator of the award-winning documentary film Hula Girls: Imagining Paradise (2005). He served as Editor of The Great Circle, the peer-reviewed journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History (2008 – 2013).

Teaching area

Units Currently Coordinated:

Creating History (HIS300), semester 2, 2016

Introduction to History (HIS181), semester 1, 2016

Hollywood and History (HIS249), semester 2, 2015

Research areas

  • Maritime History
  • World War II
  • Popular Culture
  • Film and History
  • South Pacific History
  • Australian History
  • Modern U.S. History

Current projects

Submarine warfare during the Second World War

Awards and grants

Awards and Grants since joining Murdoch University

  • Moncado Prize, Society for Military History (2018)
  • Japan-Australia Foundation Grant (2016-17)
  • City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle Local History Award (2016)
  • Australian Department of Defense, Australian Army History Grant (2014-15)
  • Australia Learning and Teaching Council, OLT Extension Grant, Development of Arts Capstone Units, with James Trotter (2013-14)
  • Australia Learning and Teaching Council, OLT Extension Grant, Historical Thinking in Higher Education, with James Trotter  (2012-13)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War Workshop, University of Hawaii (2010)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2009)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Internal Research Grant Scheme (2009)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Enhancing Learning (2009)
  • Vice Admiral Edwin B. Hooper Research Grant, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C. (2008)
  • Research Excellence Grants Scheme, Murdoch University (2008)
  • Army History Research Grants Scheme, Australian Department of Defense (2007)
  • Publications Fund Award, Murdoch University (2007)
  • Research Excellence Grants Scheme, Murdoch University (2005)
  • Research Excellence Grants Scheme, Murdoch University (2003)
  • Module H Innovative Teaching Grant, Murdoch University (1997)
  • Special Research Grant, Murdoch University, with Judy McCallum (1997)
  • Murdoch University Research Index Grant (1996)
  • Special Research Grant, Murdoch University (1996)
  • Murdoch University Research Index Grant (1995)

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Michael Sturma offers supervision in the following areas:

  • Australian History
  • U.S. History
  • Pacific History

He is currently supervising postgraduate theses on the following topics:

  • History of Deaf Education
  • Australian Quarantine Stations
  • Chiropractic History
  • History of Child Birth in Western Australia
  • Communities of Correspondence during WWI

 

Publications

Books

  • Sturma, M., (2015),Fremantle's Submarines. How allied submariners and Western Australians helped to win the war in the Pacific,Naval Institute Press.
  • Sturma, M., (2011),Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific,The University Press of Kentucky.
  • Sturma, M., (2008),The USS Flier. Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine,The University Press of Kentucky.
  • Sturma, M., (2006),Death at a distance. The loss of the legendary USS Harder,Naval Institute Press.
  • Sturma, M., (2002),South Sea Maidens: Western Fantasy and Sexual Politics in the South Pacific.,Greenwood Press.

Chapters

  • Sturma, M., (2007),Public health and sexual morality: Venereal disease in World War II Australia,In: Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia, ACYS Publishing, pages 197 to 209.
  • Sturma, M., (2000),South Pacific,In: The movies as history: visions of the twentieth century, Sutton Publishing, pages 177 to 185.

Journals

  • Sturma, M., (2017), Coco Solo Submarines: Protecting the Panama Canal, 1941-1942, Journal of Military History, 81, 4, pages 1039 - 1058.
  • Sturma, M., (2016), Australian POWs and the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru: The politics of repatriation, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62, 3, pages 353 - 368.
  • Sturma, M., (2016), The limits of hate: Japanese prisoners on US submarines during the second world war, Journal of Contemporary History, 51, 4, pages 738 - 759.
  • Sturma, M., (2016), Fremantle Reunion: Prisoners of War and Submarine Warfare, Studies in Western Australian History, 31, , pages 109 - 124.
  • Sturma, M., (2015), US fleet submarines in the Atlantic during the second world war: a case study of relative failure, War in History, 22, 4, pages 529 - 552.
  • Sturma, M., (2015), Silent Victory and the Oral History of Clay Blair Jr., Global War Studies, 12, 3, pages 82 - 88.
  • Sturma, M., (2015), Dream port: Morale, memory and allied submariners in Western Australia during the Second World War, International Journal of Maritime History, 27, 1, pages 104 - 117.
  • Sturma, M., (2014), Movies under the Sea: Film, Morale, and US Submarines during World War II, Journal of Popular Culture, 47, 6, pages 1213 - 1225.
  • Sturma, M., (2012), Submarine special missions: One day in the Philippines, The Great Circle, 34, 1, pages 54 - 64.
  • Sturma, M., (2010), U.S. Submarine Patrol Reports during World War II: Historical Evidence and Literary Flair, Journal of Military History, 74, 2, pages 475 - 490.
  • Sturma, M., (2009), Atrocities, Conscience, and Unrestricted Warfare: US Submarines during the Second World War, War in History, 16, 4, pages 447 - 468.
  • Sturma, M., (2005), Democracy in a drum: social relations on American submarines during the second world war, War & Society, 24, 2, pages 23 - 33.
  • Sturma, M., (2002), Aliens and Indians: a comparison of abduction and captivity narratives, Journal of Popular Culture, 36, 2, pages 318 - 334.
  • Sturma, M., (2002), "Mutiny and narrative: Francisco Pelsaert's journals and the wreck of the Batavia, The Great Circle, 24, 1, pages 14 - 24.
  • Sturma, M., (2001), Teaching American History with Feature Film, Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 20, 1, pages 66 - 75.
  • Sturma, M., (2000), Mimicry, Mockery and Make-overs: Western Visitors in South Pacific Dress, Fashion Theory: the journal of dress, body and culture, 4, 2, pages 141 - 155.
  • Sturma, M., (2000), Alien Abductions, History Today, 50, 1, pages 14 - 15.
  • Sturma, M., (2000), Dressing, Undressing, and Early European Contact in Australia and Tahiti, Pacific Studies: an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of the Pacific - its islands and adjacent countries, 21, 3, pages 87 - 104.
  • Sturma, M., MacCallum, J., (2000), JFK in the Classroom, Social Studies, The, 91, , pages 101 - 109.
  • Bailey, P., Grayson, J., Sturma, M., Lineham, P., (2000), Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature: A Critical Review of New Publications of 1997, 84, , pages 216 - 220.
  • Sturma, M., (2000), The Force of Feature Film, History Australia (Print), 90, , pages 22 - 26.
  • Sturma, M., (1999), Packaging Polynesia's Image, Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 26, 3, pages 712 - 715.
  • Sturma, M., (1999), 'Australia', Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature: A Critical Review of New Publications of 1997, 83, , pages 227 - 232.
  • Sturma, M., (1997), By Reef and Palm: Sexual Politics and South Seas Tales, Journal of Australian Studies, 53, , pages 108 - 119.
  • Sturma, M., (1997), South Pacific: Film in Context, History Today, 47, Aug-97, pages 25 - 30.
  • Sturma, M., (1997), Western Dress and Ambivalence in the South Pacific, Historian, 54, Summer 1997, pages 18 - 20.

Conference

  • Sturma, M., (2008),Japanese prisoners on allied submarines during the second world war,In: 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2008).
  • BOOKS AND ARTICLES PRE-1997
  • Sturma, M., (1996), Australia, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature: Critical Review of New Publications of 1994, 80, pages 227-232.
  • Sturma, M., (1995), Women, the Bounty, the Movies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, 23, 2, pages 88-93.
  • Sturma, M., (1995), ANZAC and the Singapore Press before the Fall, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 81, 1, pages 17-24.
  • Sturma, M., (1995), The Nubile Savage, History Today, 45, 4, pages 7-9.
  • Sturma, M., (1992), The Politics of Dancing: When Rock’n'Roll Came to Australia, Journal of Popular Culture, 25, 4, pages 123-142.
  • Sturma, M., (1991), Australian Rock’n'Roll: The First Wave, Kangaroo Press.
  • Sturma, M., (1991), New Police, New Country, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 77, 3, pages 4-15.
  • Sturma, M., (1989), Loving the Alien: The Underside of Relations between American Servicemen and Australian Women in Queensland, 1942-1945, Journal of Australian Studies, 24, pages 3-17.
  • Sturma, M., (1988), Public Health and Sexual Morality: Venereal Disease in World War II Australia, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 13, 4, pages 725-740.  Reprinted (2007) In: Outrageous: Moral Panics in Australia, ACYS Publishing, pages 197-205.
  • Sturma, M., (1988), Some Thoughts on Justice and Penal Transportation, Push from the Bush: A Bulletin of Social History, 26, pages 45-50.
  • Sturma, M., (1987), Death and Ritual on the Gallows: Public Executions in the Australian Penal Colonies, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 17, 1, pages 91-102.
  • Sturma, M., (1987), Policing the Criminal Frontier in Mid-Nineteenth Century Australia, Britain and America, In: Policing in Australia: Historical Perspectives, University of New South Wales Press, pages 15-34.
  • Sturma, M., (1986), Americans in Australia during the Second World War: A Review Article, Journal of the Australian War Memorial, 9, pages 57-59.
  • Sturma, M., (1986), The Great Australian Bite: Early Shark Attacks and the Australian Psyche, The Great Circle, 2, 8, pages 78-81.
  • Sturma, M., (1985), Seduction and Punishment in Late Nineteenth Century New South Wales, Australian Journal of Law and Society, 2, 2, pages 76-82.
  • Sturma, M., (1985), Myall Creek and the Psychology of Mass Murder, Journal of Australian Studies, 16, pages 62-70.
  • Sturma, M., (1984), Crime News in Colonial New South Wales, Media Information Australia, 32, pages 7-13.
  • Sturma, M., (1983), Vice in a Vicious Society: Crime and Convicts in Mid-Nienteenth Century New South Wales, University of Queensland Press.
  • Sturma, M., (1983), Public Executions and the Ritual of Death, Push from the Bush: A Bulletin of Social History, 15, pages 3-11.
  • Sturma, M., (1981), Police and Drunkards in Sydney, 1841-1851, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 27, 1, pages 44-56.
  • Sturma, M., (1978), Eye of the Beholder: The Stereotype of Women Convicts, 1788-1852, Labour History, 34, pages 3-10.