Bain Attwood is a leading authority on Aboriginal history and the author of several books, including The Making of the Aborigines, A Life Together, a Life Apart, and Rights for Aborigines. He is also the editor of In the Age of Mabo, and the co-editor of Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand and Frontier Conflict: The Australian Experience. Born in New Zealand in 1956, Bain received his MPhil from the University of Auckland and his PhD from La Trobe University. He has taught History at Monash University in Melbourne since 1985. He has held research fellowships in the History Program and the Centre for Cross Cultural Research at the Australian National University, and is currently an associate professor at Monash University and an adjunct professor at the Australian National University.
The Making of the Aborigines was co-winner of the Australian Historical Association's W.K. Hancock Prize for 1988-89, and Rights for Aborigines was one of three short-listed books for the Ernest Scott Prize for the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand in 2003.