School of Humanities


Further information

A-Z Staff Research Profiles

Professional learning seminars - history

About the Discipline


Postgraduate studies



We research medieval and modern aspects of Australian, European, Asian, African and United States societies.

Research strengths

African history

  • Jeremy Martens
  • Norman Etherington
  • Cherry Gertzel
  • Penelope Hetherington

Australian history

  • Andrea Gaynor (Environmental and ecological history, urban history, Western Australian history)
  • Jenny Gregory (Western Australian history, heritage, urban history, planning history)
  • Shino Konishi (Aboriginal history; exploration of Australia; history of colonisation)
  • Jane Lydon
  • Charlie Fox (Insanity and disability, labour history and the history of work, gender history, Australia in the 60s)
  • Carolyn Polizzotto (Immigration)
  • John Tonkin (Western Australian religious history)

Colonialism and imperialism

Criminal Justice history

Cultural history and cultural studies

Families, children and households

Gender history


Medieval and early modern history


  • Ethan Blue (Immigration and deportation)
  • Cherry Gertzel (African)
  • Carolyn Polizzotto (Australian)

Modern European history

Russian and Soviet history

United States history

Urban and environmental history

  • David Barrie (nineteenth century urban history)
  • Andrea Gaynor (Australian environmental history; Australian urban history)
  • Jenny Gregory (Australian urban history)
  • Robert Lambert  (British environmental history)

Research centres and groups

Fellowship program

The Fred Alexander Fellowship program brings leading national and international visitors to the University.