History Department – Research

Monash is among the leading centres for historical research in Australia.  It is known widely for its scholarship in several distinctive areas, which include: the history of urban life, religion and culture in a range of different historical periods; the importance of local history and the changing meaning and importance of neighbourhood and place in social, cultural and political terms; biography, memory and life writing, focusing on questions about the relationships between individual lives and broader historical patterns; the relationship between memory, history and community; the study of European empire in Asia; the importance of gender and sexuality; questions about colonialism and race; and the nature of history in public arenas beyond the academy.

SOPHIS researchers have won numerous research grants including twenty ARC Discovery Grants, two Australian Professorial Fellowships, two Future Fellowships, three Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and several ARC Linkage Grants.  Some of these are listed below.  They have also received numerous fellowships from leading universities including Cambridge, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Harvard, John Hopkins, the Max Planck Institute, Oxford and Princeton and funding bodies including the  Mellon Foundation.  This research has resulted in the publication of a large number of monographs, many by prestigious university presses such as Cambridge, Chicago, Johns Hopkins and Oxford.  Some recent publications can be seen here. SOPHIS academics also edit leading refereed journals such as South Asia (ranked A* by the ERA) and book series such as I Tatti Studies and Brepols’ Europa Sacra.

Postgraduate students enjoy a rich teaching and research environment and a staff with strong interests in a range of historical subjects. Regular seminars are held, giving staff, postgraduate students and visitors the opportunity to present their current research and learn of the research of others.