Ian Hancock is an Editorial Fellow of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, part of the National Centre of Biography located in the College of Arts & Social Sciences at the Australian National University. A graduate of Melbourne and Oxford Universities, he has researched, taught and published in several areas, including African and Australian history and politics, and British imperial history.
For ten years he was the historical consultant to the National Archives for the annual release of Cabinet records and has been a member of the National Archives Advisory Council and of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy.
His two most recent books are The Liberals: A History of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party of Australia 1945-2000 (2007) and Nick Greiner: A Political Biography (2013). He has also published chapters on Sir Robert Askin in The Premiers of NSW (Vol 2), 1901-2005 (2006), Sir John Carrick in The Worldly Art of Politics (2006) and Sir Arthur Roden Cutler and Sir David Martin in The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010 (2009), all commissioned by the Committee for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in New South Wales, 1856-2006. In 2011, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives published his monograph Australian Policy Towards Rhodesia/Zimbabwe in 1979-1980 in the RG Neale Lecture Series.