David Blaazer grew up in Geelong and was educated at Geelong West Technical School and La Trobe University. His early academic work was on the non-communist left in early twentieth century Britain, including a book on the Popular Front campaign of the late 1930s and articles on the Guild Socialist movement. More recently he has been working on cultural, social and political aspects of the history of currency in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He has held academic appointments at La Trobe, Australian National University and UNSW. He is currently interim dean of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW.