Richard Waterhouse is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Sydney.
He was previously Bicentennial Professor of History and Head of the School of Philosophical and historical Inquiry at the same institution.
He is the author of five books and more than 70 chapters and articles on aspects of the social, political and cultural history of Australia and the United States.
His book, The Vision Splendid: a social and cultural history of rural Australia, mapped the critical role that rural Australia played in shaping the Australian economy, social life and a sense of identity.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences.