Chris Salisbury has a doctorate in Political History from the University of Queensland, conferred in 2013 after examining the policy history of the Beattie government's 'Smart State' strategy in his PhD thesis. Chris held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Centre for the Government of Queensland at the University of Queensland from 2013-2015. From 2009-2015 he was involved in the 'Queensland Speaks' oral history project as researcher and interviewer. Since 2014, he has taught Australian history in the University of Queensland's School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and researched government policy-making in the University's School of Political Science and International Studies. Chris has published numerous articles and commentaries on Queensland politics and history.