Established in 1854, the History program at the University of Melbourne is one of the most distinguished and longest running in Australia.
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.
Explore our research
Our research examines the histories and transformations of society, religion, politics and culture in Australia, Asia, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Soviet War Experiences, 1937-1950
This project charts the varieties of wartime experiences on Soviet-held territories between 1937 and 1950. Refusing to extract one, allegedly 'typical' experience, this project focuses on the range, variety, and complexity of wartime experiences of ordinary (and some extraordinary) people.
Confronting Historical Injustice in Indonesia: Memory and Transnational Human Rights Activism
Using an innovative framework of the concept of ‘regions of memory’, this project examines how human rights activists located within and outside Indonesia use memory for the purposes of achieving human rights outcomes.
Mass Politics in the Nineteenth Century
The nineteenth century was marked by great changes in the formal boundaries of the polity, forms of political activity and the meanings of ‘democracy’. This research considers some of the changes in Australia, the United States and Great Britain.
Study with us
Explore our range of courses:
- Bachelor of Arts History major (see curriculum)
- Bachelor or Arts (Degree with Honours)
- Master of Arts (Thesis Only)
- Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis)
- Doctor of Philosophy – Arts
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Meet our History staff
Our academics are leading teachers, researchers and industry professionals.
History Discipline Chair; Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval History; History Engagement Representative
Professor in History
Deputy Head of School; Hansen Chair in History
Professor in Southeast Asian History; Deputy Associate Dean (International – Indonesia)
Professor in History, Deputy Head of School SHAPS
Professor of Australian History; Master of Arts Coordinator
Professor of History
Senior Lecturer in Modern European History; SHAPS Engagement Coordinator
Hansen Senior Lectureship in History; History Undergraduate Coordinator; Graduate Certificate in Arts Coordinator; Graduate Diploma in Arts Coordinator, Education and Students Committee Coordinator SHAPS
Lecturer in History, Research Coordinator for School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Lecturer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
History Senior Lecturer
Hellenic Senior Lecturer in Global Diasporas
Hansen Lecturer - 20th Century US History
Lecturer In Gender History (Teaching Specialist)
Hansen Lecturer in World History
Hansen Lecturer - Russian History
Teaching Specialist History – Modern
History Teaching Associate - Periodic
Subject Coordinator History - South East Asia
History Teaching Associate - Periodic