Dr Glenn Davies is a teacher, author, republican activist and historian.
In any spare time, which seems increasingly rare, he is an occasional science fiction writer and reviewer, and has been an Aurealis Award Short Story Judge. He believes strongly in the epithet ‘publish or perish’ – no matter how constant and demanding the teaching load, it is vital, as historians, to be writing.
Glenn was raised and educated in the north Queensland goldfield community of Charters Towers. He has taught political science at Illinois State University and history at Central Queensland University. Glenn has been studying the republican debate in Australia for over 20 years. He received his PhD in 2005 from University of New England on the history of Australian republicanism, and has written academic articles and national curriculum project units on Australian history. Since 1991 he has taught ancient and modern history in a number of state high schools around Queensland and has written five secondary school history textbooks. In 2001 he established his own education publishing imprint, Digital Spring Media. He is currently Head of Social Science, Craigslea State High School and a member of the Queensland History Teachers’ Association State Executive.
Glenn has been involved in politics since his student union days at James Cook University in the 1980s. Over the past twenty years he has held branch and state conference elected positions within the Queensland Teachers’ Union and the Australian Labor Party. In 2007, he was elected Queensland State Secretary, Australian Republican Movement and was re-elected in 2009. In 2010 he was elected Queensland State Convener, Australian Republican Movement and holds a seat on the ARM National Committee.
Glenn was the editor of the long-running Queensland ARM quarterly newsletter, Armlet, and the bi-montly national Republican Roundup. He now edits the monthly national Campaign Update. In 2009 he established the annual National Republican Short Story Competition. He is also the history editor and a regular columnist for Independent Australia and blogs monthly on republican issues.
Glenn lives in northern Brisbane with his beautiful wife and two gorgeous kids, a haughty cat, and a King Charles Cavalier who has recently agreed to renounce the monarchy and accept his republican family’s ways.