The Hansen Trust

The Hansen Trust

The Hansen Trust has been established, in perpetuity, to transform the teaching of History at the University of Melbourne. It aims to develop and instil a passion for History within students and the broader community, to deepen student engagement with their learning, to emphasise the importance of this field of study, and to support a range of initiatives in the Faculty of Arts to build excellence and innovation in teaching and learning programs.

The Trust supports:

  • an endowed professorship in the field of History called The Hansen Chair in History
  • a five-year senior lectureship in the field of History called The Hansen Senior Lecturer in History
  • 3 five-year lectureships in the field of History called The Hansen Lecturers in History
  • one or more annual scholarships for students who are undertaking a PhD in history called the Hansen Scholarship

The Trust aims also to promote appreciation of the lifelong value and relevance of an education in History, and to nurture a passion for History in the broader community by raising the public visibility of History education.

The Hansen Chair in History

Professor Mark Edele
Professor Mark Edele

Professor Mark Edele, formerly of the University of Western Australia, has been appointed the inaugural Hansen Chair in History and joined the University of Melbourne in second semester 2017. Professor Edele is a distinguished historian of mid-twentieth century Europe, with a particular emphasis on Soviet social history, both before and after World War II. He is a prolific author, with major monographs, including: Soviet Veterans of the Second World War (2008), Stalinist Society (2011), Stalin’s Defectors (2017), Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (with Atina Grossmann and Sheila Fitzpatrick, 2017), The Soviet Union. A Short History (2019), Debates on Stalinism (forthcoming 2020); and, with Martin Crotty and Neil Diamant, Winners and Losers: War Veterans in the Twentieth Century (forthcoming 2020). He is currently working on a history of Stalinism at war.

His articles and essays have appeared in highly-ranked international journals based in Germany, the United States, Korea, Japan, Russia, and Australia. His latest essay, entitled "Take (No) Prisoners: The Red Army and German POWs, 1941-1943", has just been published in The Journal of Modern History. He is currently completing a short history of the Soviet Union.

Professor Edele is currently an ARC Future Fellow and will bring this fellowship to Melbourne while leading teaching innovation and development in the discipline of History. He trained as an historian at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen, Moscow and Chicago, and has a distinguished teaching record at the University of Western Australia in modern European history, especially in Soviet history and in subjects examining "The Age of the Dictators".

The Hansen Senior Lectureship in History

Dr Jenny Spinks
Dr Jenny Spinks

Dr Jenny Spinks joined the History department at the University of Melbourne in 2017 after four years at the University of Manchester, where she was Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History. She teaches and publishes on the history of early modern northern Europe, with a special focus on print culture, supernatural beliefs, disasters and wonders. She has co-curated exhibitions on the apocalypse and on magic, witches and devils in the early modern world from a global perspective. Jenny will be making a major contribution to the teaching of early modern and medieval history, and in 2017 will lead the subjects 'Medieval Plague, War and Heresy' and 'The Long History of Globalisation'.




The Hansen Lectureships in History

Dr Matt Galway
Dr Matt Galway

Dr Matthew Galway joined the University of Melbourne in late 2018 from his position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former lecturer at the University of British Columbia.  Working broadly in the field of Asian History, Dr Galway’s research focuses on intellectual history and how Communist movements in Southeast Asia imported, adapted and made use of Maoism. His current project is on the Paris-Phnom Penh connection of networked individuals who, after converting to Communism and joining the Parti Communiste Français (French Communist Party) in the 1950s, wrote Maoist-charged doctoral dissertations in economics that became foundational national texts of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979). Dr Galway’s teaching has been in the area of Chinese and other Asian histories, but also extends to histories of Africa and Europe.

Dr Una McIlvenna
Dr Una McIlvenna

Dr Una McIlvenna joined the University of Melbourne in 2017 from the University of Kent, where she was until recently a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature. Una researches the early modern tradition of singing the news, using a comparative approach across multiple European languages. She is currently writing a book titled Singing the News of Death: Execution Ballads in Europe 1550-1900, which explores the use of song to inform the public about crime and punishment. Una is a specialist in court studies and is the author of Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici (Routledge, 2016). About her appointment, Una says, 'I'm very excited to be joining such an impressive group of scholars at Melbourne, and so grateful that the Hansen Trust has made this possible'. Una's teaching will be in the area of early modern and renaissance studies, and in 2017 will also include a subject on the history of sexualities.

Dr Sarah Walsh
Dr Sarah Walsh

Dr Sarah Walsh completed her PhD. and MA in Latin American history at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 and 2009, respectively. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American history from Boston College.  Prior to being named Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program at Washington State University, Walsh held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Universidade de Lisboa.

Her book manuscript, The Religion of Life: Eugenics, Race, and Catholicism in Chile, examines the interactions between Catholicism and race science in early twentieth century Chile.  One of her primary research questions, which informs The Religion of Life as well as several articles, is: how are racial hierarchy and discrimination maintained in Latin American intellectual systems which explicitly rejected those concepts? The Religion of Life addresses this question by demonstrating how Catholic intellectuals played a critical role in the development of racial thought and national identity in early twentieth-century Chile, ostensibly softening the most obviously racist elements at work in narratives celebrating racial homogeneity and exceptionalism.

Dr Walsh’s teaching interests include: Latin American history (with particular emphasis on the Southern Cone), the history of science and medicine (especially outside the United States and Europe), race and ethnicity in the Global South, and gender and sexuality studies.