Established in 1854, the History program at the University of Melbourne is one of the most distinguished and longest running in Australia.

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Students from Venice and Cultures of Consumption intensive atop the roof of the Basilica of San Marco.

History has been taught at the University since it opened in 1854. Under Sir Ernest Scott, Professor of History from 1913 to 1936, the History Department pioneered teaching and research in Australian history.

Successor Professor Max Crawford made the Melbourne department the most influential in the country. Melbourne historians helped pioneer the teaching and research of Australian history in particular and staff members, such as Manning Clark, Hugh Stretton, Geoffrey Blainey, Margaret Kiddle, Lloyd Robson and Geoffrey Serle, left a lasting impact on our understanding of the Australian past.

The program has also historically had great strengths in European, Asian, Middle Eastern, Soviet and American history, and in new approaches to the past, such as gender history, memory studies and the history of emotions. We place a particular emphasis on teaching undergraduates through the use of primary sources.

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Associate Professor Catherine Kovesi

Associate Professor in Late Medieval and Early Modern History. History Discipline Chair.
c.kovesi@unimelb.edu.au +61383448160
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Professor Mark Edele

Hansen Chair in History of the Soviet Union and Successor States. Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts.
mark.edele@unimelb.edu.au +61383440523
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Professor Kate McGregor

Deputy Associate Dean International (Indonesia), Professor in Southeast Asian History
k.mcgregor@unimelb.edu.au +61383443379
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Professor David Goodman

Professor in US History. Deputy Head of School, SHAPS. Director, Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts.
d.goodman@unimelb.edu.au +61383447859
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Professor Zoe Laidlaw

Professor of the History of Britain’s Empire. Research and Higher Degree Coordinator.
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Professor Joy Damousi

Professor in Australian History.
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Dr Julie Fedor

Senior Lecturer in Modern European History. Engagement Coordinator, SHAPS.
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Associate Professor Jenny Spinks

Hansen Associate Professor in Early Modern History. Education and Students Coordinator.
jspinks@unimelb.edu.au +61383443816
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Dr Angel Alcalde Fernandez

Senior Lecturer in twentieth-century European History. Research Coordinator, History Discipline and SHAPS. Deputy Director, Master of International Relations, SHAPS.
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Dr Julia Hurst

Lecturer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History Deputy Director, Australian Centre, Faculty of Arts.
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Dr Matthew Champion

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History. Engagement Coordinator.
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Dr Andonis Piperoglou

Hellenic Senior Lecturer in Global Diasporas.
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Dr Julia Bowes

Lecturer in Gender History. Honours/Graduate Diploma Advanced Coordinator.
julia.bowes@unimelb.edu.au +61383443379
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Dr Sarah Walsh

Hansen Lecturer in World History.
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Dr Oleg Beyda

Hansen Lecturer in Russian History.
oleg.beyda@unimelb.edu.au +61338344400
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Dr Charlotte Millar

Teaching Specialist in Early Modern History.
charlotte.millar@unimelb.edu.au +61383445952
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Dr Bronwyn Beech Jones

Subject Coordinator in South East Asian History.
bronwyn.beechjones@unimelb.edu.au +61383441520
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Dr James Keating

Teaching Associate, Periodic.
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Dr Nat Cutter

Teaching Associate, Periodic.
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Dr Natasha Wilson

Teaching Associate, Periodic.
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Dr Patrick McGrath

Teaching Associate, Periodic.
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Dr Kathryn Ticehurst

Teaching Associate, Periodic.
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Dr Shannon Gilmore-Kuziow

Teaching Associate, Periodic.
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Georgia Comte

Graduate Teaching Research Fellow.
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Arthur Knight

Graduate Teaching Research Fellow.
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Aleksandra Riabichenko

Graduate Teaching Research Fellow.

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