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Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford
Bashford in 2021
Born1963 (age 60–61)
Sydney, New South Wales
AwardsFellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2010)
Fellow of the British Academy (2017)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BA [Hons], PhD)
Academic work
DisciplineHistory
Sub-disciplineGlobal history
History of science
Environmental history
InstitutionsUniversity of New South Wales (2017–)
University of Cambridge (2013–17)
University of Sydney (1996–2012)

Alison Caroline Bashford, FAHA, FBA (born 1963) is a historian specialising in global history and the history of science. She is Laureate Professor of History at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population. Alison Bashford was previously Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge (2013–2017).

Academic career

From 1996 to 2009, Bashford was a lecturer in history at the University of Sydney.[1] She was appointed Professor of Modern History in 2009.[1] Between 2009 and 2010, Bashford held the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University.[2] Moving to England, she was Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge from 2013 to 2017.[3] Since 2017, she has been Research Professor of History at the University of New South Wales and Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program.[4]

Bashford has also held visiting positions at Warwick University and University College, London.[5]

Bashford has published six books, including An Intimate History of Evolution: The Huxleys in Nature and Culture (Allen Lane, 2022) Purity and Pollution: Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine (1998), Imperial Hygiene: A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism, and Public Health (2003), Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth (2014) and The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Re-reading the Principle of Population (2016), and has edited seven, including Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present (2006), the Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (2010), and Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People (2014). Her current work focuses on cosmopolitan histories of modern earth sciences.[6]

Honours and recognition

In 2010, Bashford was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.[7] In July 2017, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[8] She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.[9]

In 2021 she was awarded the Dan David Prize.[10] She won the 2023 Nib Literary Award[11] and was shortlisted for the 2023 Cundill History Prize for The Huxleys.[12]

Selected works

Besides a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, Bashford has written or edited the following books:

Books written

  • Purity and Pollution: Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine (Macmillan, 1998). ISBN 978-0333682487
  • Imperial Hygiene: A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). ISBN 978-1403904881
  • Griffith Taylor: Visionary, Environmentalist, Explorer (University of Toronto Press/National Library of Australia Press, 2008). Co-authored with Carolyn Strange. ISBN 978-0802096630
  • Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth (Columbia University Press, 2014). ASIN B00I2G6UXA
  • The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Re-reading the Principle of Population (Princeton University Press, 2016). Co-authored with Joyce E. Chaplin. ISBN 978-0691164199
  • An Intimate History of Evolution: The Huxleys in Nature and Culture, (Allen Lane, 2022). The Huxleys: An Intimate History of Evolution, (University of Chicago Press, 2022). ISBN 978-0226720111

Books edited

References

  1. ^ a b "Bashford, Prof. Alison Caroline". Who's Who 2024. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U283443. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Professor Alison Bashford – The University of Sydney". Sydney.edu.au. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Cambridge History Faculty makes eight new appointments — Faculty of History". Hist.cam.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Professor Alison Bashford". Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. UNSW Australia. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Dr Alison Bashford". .warwick.ac.uk. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  6. ^ "HPS: History of Medicine: News". Hps.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Bashford, Alison, FAHA". Humanities.org.au. 22 February 1999. Archived from the original on 5 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Elections to the British Academy celebrate the diversity of UK research". British Academy. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Fellows – The Royal Society of NSW". www.royalsoc.org.au. Archived from the original on 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  10. ^ Dan David Prize 2021
  11. ^ "Bashford wins 2023 Nib Literary Award". Books+Publishing. 10 November 2023. Retrieved 9 November 2023.
  12. ^ "US$75K Cundill History Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 3 October 2023. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
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