Dr. Nicholas Ferns


Dr. Nicholas Ferns


Monash University

Extra Subject Information:


Position Held at School:

Head Tutor and VCE Author

VCE Subject(s) Teaching:

History: Revolutions


Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Arts (Honours - History)
Master of Arts (Historical Studies)

Role at TSSM:

Nicholas joined the TSSM team in 2016. Nicholas is a lover of history and offers students an in depth approach to learning and studying history. A true expert in history Nicholas is able to enthusiastically engage and interest his students in their study of History: Revolutions.

At TSSM Nicholas is an excellent writer of high quality VCE resources and an effective presenter of revision programs, helping students achieve their desired study score in History: Revolutions.

Teaching Philosophy:

Nicholas is a strong believer in allowing students to take ownership of their own learning. He incorporates this into his teaching by providing opportunities for students to put what he has taught them into practice. Through this, historical events and concepts become much more engaging and easier to understand.


'Manifest Destiny Crosses the Pacific: The Utility of American Expansion in Australia, 1850-1901', Australasian Journal of American Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Dec 2015)

‘Loyal Advisor? Colonel Edward House’s Confidential Trips to Europe, 1913-17’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 24, No. 3.

'A New Hope for Asia? Australia, the United States and the Promotion of Economic Development in Southeast Asia', Australian Journal of Politics and History (Submitted, currently under review)

Book Reviews

Joel Isaac and Duncan Bell, Uncertain Empire: American History and the Idea of the Cold War, in Australasian Journal of American Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1.

Selected Conference Papers


'Modernisation or Profit? The Intellectual Underpinnings of Australian Administration of the New Guinea Mandate, 1921-41' – League of Nations: Histories, Legacies and Impact Symposium, University of Melbourne


'Manifest Destiny Crosses the Pacific: The Influence of American Expansion in Australia, 1850-1901' – Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association/United States Studies Centre Postgraduate/ECR Conference, University of Sydney

'"A New Hope for Asia?" Australia, the United States and the Promotion of Economic Development in Southeast Asia' – Australian Historical Association, Annual Conference, University of Queensland

‘The Imaginative Weapon’: Point Four, the Colombo Plan, and Foreign Aid in Southeast Asia’ – Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association, Biennial Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin and at the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America, Annual Conference, University of Texas, Austin


‘Loyal Advisor?’ Colonel Edward House’s Confidential Missions to Europe, 1914-17 – Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association, Biennial Conference, University of Queensland


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