Keith Windschuttle is a historian, author, editor and publisher. He is the editor of Quadrant magazine, Sydney, publisher of Macleay Press and Quadrant Books, and a frequent contributor to The New Criterion, New York. He has also published articles in National Review (New York), Partisan Review (Boston), American Outlook (Indianapolis), Policy (Sydney), Proceedings of the Samuel Griffith Society (Sydney), Commentaire (Paris), Merkur: Deutsche Zeitschrift für europaisches Denken (Berlin), and Zeitgeist Quarterly (Seoul).
His historical works include The Killing of History: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past (Macleay Press, Sydney 1994; Free Press, New York 1997; Encounter Books, San Francisco 2000) now in its fourth edition; The White Australia Policy (Macleay Press, 2004); The Fabrication of Aboriginal History: Volume One, Van Diemen's Land 1803-1847 (Macleay Press, 2002) now in its third printing; and The Fabrication of Aboriginal History: Volume Three, The Stolen Generations 1881-2008, Macleay Press, 2009).
He has published articles in the following peer-reviewed academic journals: The Journal of the Historical Society (Boston), Culture and Civilization (New Brunswick), Australian Historical Studies, Australian Economic History Review, Labour History, Melbourne Historical Journal, Tasmanian Historical Studies, The Australian Journal of Education, Historia Antropología y Fuentes Orales (Barcelona), The Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (London), Journalism Studies (Sheffield), Australian Studies in Journalism, Australian Journalism Review, Asia Pacific Media Educator, Ecquid Novi: Journal for Journalism in Southern Africa, Australian Quarterly, Economics, and Search (Journal of ANZAAS).
His other books include Unemployment (Penguin 1979, revised edition 1980), Fixing the News (Cassell, 1981), The Media (Penguin 1984, third edition 1988), Working in the Arts (University of Queensland Press 1987) and Writing, Researching, Communicating (McGraw-Hill 1988, third edition 1999).
Keith Windschuttle was born in Sydney and attended Campsie and Erskineville Public Schools and Canterbury Boys' High School. He graduated Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in history from the University of Sydney (1970) and Master of Arts with honours in politics from Macquarie University (1979).
In the 1960s he had a career as a journalist on the Daily Telegraph Sydney, the Daily News Murwillumbah, Broadcasting and Television magazine, and was founding editor of Data Trend, Australia's first computer magazine. In 1967–8 he was editor of Honi Soit at the University of Sydney and in 1970 of Old Mole, an independent student newspaper. Since 1972, he has been a frequent contributor to Australian newspapers and magazines including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Bulletin, National Times, Nation Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), Herald Sun (Melbourne), Courier-Mail (Brisbane), Advertiser (Adelaide), Mercury (Hobart), West Australian, Wall Street Journal Asia, Washington Times, New York Sun and Spectator Australia. From 1974 to 1980 he was a frequent contributor to New Journalist; from 1979 to 1984 was Australian correspondent for New Society (London); and from 1984 to 1988 he was a frequent contributor to Australian Society. In 1980 he wrote and presented the documentary series Work that Was for ABC Television.
From 1973 to 1994 he was an academic, lecturing in Australian history, journalism and social policy at the University of New South Wales, the New South Wales Institute of Technology (now University of Technology Sydney), the University of Wollongong and Macleay College, Sydney. He has also been visiting or guest lecturer at Boston University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of North Carolina, Duke University, Princeton University, Adelphi University, Ashland University, Davidson College, Wellesley College and the National Humanities Center, North Carolina.
In 1994 he founded Macleay Press, Sydney. He became editor of Quadrant magazine in 2008 and founded Quadrant Online. He is also the founding publisher of Quadrant Books.
In June 2006 the Commonwealth Government appointed him a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a five-year term.
In 2003 the Governor-General awarded him the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through history and writing. In 2005 he was nominated to the National Australia Day Council as Australian of the Year.