Emeritus Professor Judy Brett joined La Trobe in 1989 to teach and research Australian Politics, Political Biography and Political History. She retired at the end of 2012. She is committed to engaged political research, bringing the fruits of her enquiry to the general public through books written for a broad readership and through the media. Among her publications are the award-winning Robert Menzies' Forgotten People, Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class and three Quarterly Essays. In 2017 she published The Enigmatic Mr Deakin which won the 2018 National Biography Award. In March 2019 she published a study of Australia's voting system, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage. She writes regularly for The Monthly on contemporary Australian politics.