Professor Alison   Bashford
Professor

Professor Alison Bashford

BA (Hons, University Medal) PhD, Syd; MA (Cantab)

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Alison Bashford is Laureate Professor in History and Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population. She also directs the New Earth Histories Research Program. Her work connects the history of science, global history, and environmental history into new assessments of the modern world, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Alison Bashford has recently focused on the geopolitics of world population, presented in two books: The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Re-reading the Principle of Population, with Joyce E. Chaplin (Princeton University Press, 2016) and Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth (Columbia University Press, 2014). Before taking up her Research Chair at UNSW, Alison Bashford was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Trustee of Royal Museums, Greenwich, UK. In 2009-10, she was the Whitlam and Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. Alison Bashford is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In May 2018, she presented the Wiles Lectures at Queen's University, Belfast. Alison Bashford was awarded the Dan David Prize for her contribution to the history of health and medicine in 2021. https://abashford.com/

Phone
+61 2 93854772
Location
329 Morven Brown

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2019, '‘Population Planning for a Global Middle Class’', in Dejung C; Motadel D; Osterhammel J (ed.), The Global Bourgeoisie: 
The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire, Princeton University Press, Princeton, pp. 85 - 102, http://9780691189918/
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2018, 'World Population from Eugenics to Climate Change', in Hopwood N; Kassell L; Flemming R (ed.), Reproduction: From Antiquity to the Present Day, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 505 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781107705647
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2017, 'Foreword: Eugenics at the Edges of Empire', in Eugenics at the Edges of Empire, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i - xvii, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64686-2
    Edited Books | 2017
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Armitage D; Sivasundaram S, (eds.), 2017, Oceanic Histories, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2017, 'The Pacific Ocean', in Armitage D; Bashford A; Sivasundaram S (ed.), Oceanic Histories, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 62 - 84
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2016, 'History of Public Health during Colonialism', in International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Academic Press, pp. 13 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00454-9
    Books | 2016
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Chaplin JE, 2016, The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus Rereading the "Principle of Population", Princeton University Press
    Edited Books | 2016
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, (ed.), 2016, Quarantine: Local and Global Histories, Palgrave, Basingstoke, https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/quarantine-alison-bashford/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137524454
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2015, 'Population politics since 1750', in McNeill JR; Pomeranz K (ed.), The Cambridge World History, Cambridge University Press, pp. 212 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139196079.009
    Edited Books | 2014
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Armitage D, (ed.), 2014, Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People, Palgrave Macmillan
    Books | 2014
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2014, Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth, Columbia University Press, New York
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; MacIntyre S, 2013, 'Introduction', in The Cambridge History of Australia, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cho9781107445758.003
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Hobbins P, 2013, 'Science and medicine', in The Cambridge History of Australia, pp. 263 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.042
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2013, 'Commentary: George Knibbs,The Shadow of the World’s Future (1928)', in Robbins L; Sörlin S; Warde P (ed.), The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change, pp. 31 - 39, https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300184617/future-nature
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Macintyre S, 2013, 'Preface: The Cambridge History of Australia', in The Cambridge History of Australia, pp. xxi - xxvi, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; MacIntyre S, 2013, 'Preface: The Cambridge History of Australia Vol.2', in Bashford A; Macintyre S (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, pp. xxvii - xxxii, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
    Edited Books | 2011
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Macintyre S, (ed.), 2011, The Cambridge history of Australia, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; MacIntyre S, 2011, 'Introduction: The Cambridge History of Australia', in The Cambridge History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
    Edited Books | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Levine P, (ed.), 2010, The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.001.0001
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Levine P; Bashford A, 2010, 'Introduction: Eugenics and the Modern World', in Bashford A; Levine P (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0001
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Klausen S; Bashford A, 2010, 'Fertility Control: Eugenics, Neo-Malthusianism, and Feminism', in The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0006
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2010, 'Epilogue: Where did Eugenics Go?', in Bashford A; Levine P (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0033
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2010, 'Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Eugenics', in Bashford A; Levine P (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0009
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2010, 'Chronology', in The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0034
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2010, 'The great white plague turns alien: Tuberculosis and immigration in Australia, 1901-2001', in Tuberculosis Then and Now: Perspectives on the History of an Infectious Disease, pp. 100 - 122
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Burns A; Richards JC, 2009, 'Introduction', in Burns A; Richards JC (ed.), The Cambridge guide to second language teacher education, Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.003
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2008, 'The History of Public Health During Colonialism', in International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Academic Press, pp. 398 - 404, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-012373960-5.00543-8
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2007, 'Medicine, Gender, and Empire', in Gender and Empire, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.003.0005
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2006, ''The age of universal contagion': History, disease and globalization', in Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230288904
    Edited Books | 2006
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, (ed.), 2006, Medicine at the border: Disease, globalization and security, 1850 to the present, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230288904
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Convery I; Welshman J; Bashford A, 2006, 'Where is the border?: Screening for tuberculosis in the United Kingdom and Australia, 1950-2000', in Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present, pp. 97 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230288904
    Books | 2003
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2003, Imperial Hygiene A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health, Springer
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2003, 'Cultures of confinement: Tuberculosis, isolation and the sanatorium', in Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion, pp. 125 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203405222
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Strange C, 2003, 'Isolation and exclusion in the modern world: An introductory essay', in Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203405222
    Books | 2003
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2003, Isolation: Places and practices of exclusion, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203405222
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2003, 'Vaccination: Foreign Bodies, Contagion and Colonialism', in IMPERIAL HYGIENE: A CRITICAL HISTORY OF COLONIALISM, NATIONALISM AND PUBLIC HEALTH, PALGRAVE, pp. 14 - +, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000279608800002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Books | 1998
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 1998, Purity and Pollution Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine, Springer
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2021, 'The family of man: Cosmopolitanism and the huxleys, 1850–1950', Humanity, vol. 12, pp. 87 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hum.2021.0006
    Journal articles | 2021
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2021, 'The Family of Man: Cosmopolitanism and the Huxleys, 1850-1950', Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, vol. 12, pp. 359 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hum.2015.0021
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Kelly D; Fennell S, 2020, 'Malthusian Moments: Introduction', Historical Journal, vol. 63, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X19000098
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2020, 'Malthus and China', Historical Journal, vol. 63, pp. 63 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X1900013X
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2020, 'Beyond Quarantine Critique', Somatosphere, http://somatosphere.net/forumpost/beyond-quarantine-critique/
    Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2019, 'On nations and states: a reflection on ‘Thinking the Empire Whole’', History Australia, vol. 16, pp. 638 - 641, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2019.1670691
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Otter C; Bashford A; Brooke JL; Jonsson FA; Kelly JM, 2018, 'Roundtable: The anthropocene in British History', Journal of British Studies, vol. 57, pp. 568 - 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2018.79
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2018, 'Deep Genetics: Universal History and the Species', History and Theory, vol. 57, pp. 313 - 322
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Morieux R; Anderson C; Lamb J; Armitage D; Bashford A; Sivasundaram S, 2018, 'Oceanic Histories: A Roundtable', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cch.2018.0014
    Journal articles | 2017
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2017, 'Terraqueous histories', Historical Journal, vol. 60, pp. 253 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X16000431
    Journal articles | 2016
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Hobbins P; Clarke A; Frederick UK, 2016, 'Geographies of commemoration: Angel Island, San Francisco and North Head, Sydney', Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 52, pp. 16 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2015.12.003
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Hobbins P, 2015, 'Rewriting Quarantine: Pacific History at Australia's Edge', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 46, pp. 392 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2015.1071860
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2015, 'Bioscapes: Gendering the global history of medicine', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 89, pp. 690 - 695, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2015.0123
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2014, 'Immigration restriction: Rethinking period and place from settler colonies to postcolonial nations', Journal of Global History, vol. 9, pp. 26 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S174002281300048X
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Alison Bashford
    McAdam J; Bashford A, 2014, 'The Right to Asylum: Britain’s 1905 Aliens Act and the Evolution of Refugee Law', Law and History Review, vol. 32, pp. 309 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S07382480140000
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2014, 'Made to do business in', TLS - The Times Literary Supplement, pp. 22 - 23
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2013, 'The anthropocene is modern history: Reflections on climate and australian deep time', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 44, pp. 341 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2013.817454
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2012, 'Anticolonial climates: Physiology, ecology, and global population, 1920s-1950s', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 86, pp. 596 - 626, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2012.0075
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Tracy SW, 2012, 'Introduction: Modern airs, waters, and places', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 86, pp. 495 - 514, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2012.0084
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2012, 'Malthus and colonial history', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 36, pp. 99 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2011.649487
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Gilchrist C, 2012, 'The Colonial History of the 1905 Aliens Act', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 40, pp. 409 - 437, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2012.712380
    Journal articles | 2011
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2011, 'Book notice: Ed Cohen: A body worth defending: Immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body.', Metascience, vol. 21, pp. 501 - 502, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-011-9590-9
    Journal articles | 2010
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2010, 'Living with tuberculosis: the prehistory of HIV/AIDS.', Lancet, vol. 375, pp. 1774 - 1775, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60794-5
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2008, 'World population, world health and security: 20th century trends', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 62, pp. 187 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2006.055608
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2008, 'Population, geopolitics, and international organizations in the mid twentieth century', Journal of World History, vol. 19, pp. 327 - 347, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40542618
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2008, 'World population and Australian land: Demography and sovereignty in the twentieth century (vol 38, pg 130, 2007)', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, vol. 39, pp. 2 - 2, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000256845200002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2007
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2007, 'Nation, empire, globe: The spaces of population debate in the interwar years', Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 49, pp. 170 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0010417507000448
    Journal articles | 2007
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Strange C, 2007, 'Thinking historically about public health', Medical Humanities, vol. 33, pp. 87 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jmh.2006.000251
    Journal articles | 2007
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2007, 'World population and Australian land: Demography and sovereignty in the twentieth century', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 211 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610708601243
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2006, 'Global biopolitics and the history of world health', History of the Human Sciences, vol. 19, pp. 67 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952695106062148
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Welshman J; Bashford A, 2006, 'Tuberculosis, migration, and medical examination: Lessons from history', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 60, pp. 282 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2005.038604
    Journal articles | 2004
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Strange C, 2004, 'Public pedagogy: Sex education and mass communication in the mid-twentieth century', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 13, pp. 71 - 99, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3704689
    Journal articles | 2002
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Hooker C; Bashford A, 2002, 'Diphtheria and Australian public health: Bacteriology and its complex applications, c. 1890-1930', Medical History, vol. 46, pp. 41 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0025727300068733
    Journal articles | 2002
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2002, 'At the border contagion, immigration, nation', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 33, pp. 344 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610208596224
    Journal articles | 2002
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A; Strange C, 2002, 'Asylum-seekers and national histories of detention', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 48, pp. 509 - 527, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8497.00273
    Journal articles | 2000
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2000, ''Is White Australia possible?' Race, colonialism and tropical medicine', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 23, pp. 248 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/014198700329042
    Journal articles | 1999
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 1999, 'Epidemic and governmentality: Smallpox in Sydney, 1881', Critical Public Health, vol. 9, pp. 301 - 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581599908402942
    Journal articles | 1998
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 1998, 'Quarantine and the imagining of the Australian nation', Health, vol. 2, pp. 387 - 402, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/136345939800200406
    Journal articles | 1997
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 1997, 'Starch on the collar and sweat on the brow: Self sacrifice and the status of work for nurses', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 21, pp. 67 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443059709387298
    Journal articles | 1993
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 1993, 'Frances Gillam Holden and the children’s hospital dispute, 1887: Woman’s sphere, feminism and nursing', Women's History Review, vol. 2, pp. 319 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612029300200032
  • Other | 2020
    Professor Alison Bashford
    Bashford A, 2020, ‘Pandemics and Borders‘ Scrolls and Leaves Podcast, Season 1, Episode 1 Featuring Alison Bashford, https://scrollsandleaves.com/chatroom1/

Awards

Dan David Prize for the History of Health and Medicine (2021)

The Royal Society of New South Wales Medal for the History of Science (2020)

The Cantemir Prize (2011)

Grants

Alison Bashford is currently Chief Investigator on the following projects

  • Australian Research Council, Laureate Fellowship, 2020-26,Population Policy in Modern World History: Challenges from the Asia Pacific
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 2021-25, Antipodean Geology: A Modern History of Southern Hemisphere Earth with Alessandro Antonello (Flinders), Pratik Chakrabarti (Manchester), Saul Dubow (Cambridge), Greg Cushman (Kansas)
  • Australian Research Council, Strategic Research Initiative, 2020-23, Rethinking Medico-Legal Border Control: From international to internal histories, with Jane McAdam (UNSW Law)
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 2019-21, The Huxleys and Global Science

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