Dr Benjamin Mountford - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

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My research focuses on global history, British and British imperial history, and Australian history. Most recently I have been working on the global history of gold rushes.

My first book "Britain, China, & Colonial Australia" was published by Oxford University Press in 2016, and was later awarded the 2017 Prue Torney Fellows Award. I am the co-editor of two other books, "A Global History of Gold Rushes" (University of California Press, 2018) and "Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World" (Peter Lang, 2017), and a special issue of The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, "Making Connections: Essays in Honour of John Darwin" (2019).

Before coming to ACU I held research fellowships at La Trobe University and the Huntington Library in California and lectureships at Federation University and the University of Buckingham. From 2008-15 I was at Oxford, where I was a Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholar, a Beit Scholar in Commonwealth and Imperial History, a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Global History, and the first Michael Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History.

Contact

Phone :8731 (Melbourne)
Email :benjamin.mountford@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Australian History and Politics ; British History and Politics ; Global History ; Imperial History ; Public History ;

Methods Expertise

Political History ; Social History ; Economic history ; Cultural History ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications

2019

Colonial Australia, the 1887 Colonial Conference, and the Struggle for Imperial Unity, in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

Making Connections: John Darwin and His Histories of Empire, in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (with Robert Fletcher and Simon Potter)

2018

"The Pacific Gold Rushes and the Struggle for Order", in A Global History of Gold Rushes

"Seeking a Global History of Gold" , in A Global History of Gold Rushes (with Stephen Tuffnell)

A Global History of Gold Rushes

2017

"The Match is in the Spinifex": The Gurindji Walk Off and Frank Hardy's The Unlucky Australians, in Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World

Fighting Words: Books and the Making of the Postcolonial World, in Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World (with Dominic Davies and Erica Lombard)

Send Fook Shing: the Chinese detective in colonial Victoria, in History Australia

Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World

2016

Britain, China, and Colonial Australia