Ian Hancock is an historian and biographer. He has written extensively on the political history of Uganda and Southern Rhodesia/Rhodesia/Zimbabwe; he has also lectured in imperial, colonial and African history at Monash University and in African, Australian and British history at the Australian National University. Now Ian is considered to be the pre-eminent historian of the Liberal Party in Australia.
He has written many entries on Liberal Party figures for the Australian Dictionary of Biography, including the acclaimed article on former Prime Minister Harold Holt and, in 2002, published a full-scale biography of the former prime minister, Sir John Gorton. His last book, Nick Greiner: A Political Biography, was published in 2013. Ian is currently working on biographies of public service mandarin, Sir Frederick Wheeler, former Liberal Senator, Sir John Carrick, and former federal Attorney-General, Tom Hughes.