Dr Nick Dyrenfurth is the Executive Director of the John Curtin Research Centre. He is a former academic and the author or editor of nine books. Dr Dyrenfurth is also a leading media commentator, having written for The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, Daily Telegraph, Canberra Times, and The Monthly. Previously he has worked as a Labor Party advisor and speechwriter as well as having acted as a commentator on television and radio. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, where he attained a PhD in Australian history.