Dr Mark Dawson

MA (Hons) Auckland PhD Cambridge.
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • British History 210305
  • North American History 210312
  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 210307

Research interests

Early modern Britain and the Anglo–Atlantic world, including social inequality; the body, health, and medicine; seventeenth-century English drama and literature.


By training I am a socio-cultural historian of early modern England, with a long-standing fascination for questions of social difference and their literary representation. By experience, I have acquired interests in the early modern Atlantic (or Anglophone colonial) world; the role of bodily, racial perception in the creation of inequality.

Researcher's projects

"Human Variation in Early Modern English Culture, c. 1600-1750" - a book-length project which aims to assess popular perceptions of physical difference; everyday understandings of how people's bodies were different, why, and the social consequences of these apparent, outward contrasts.


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