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The Australian National University

Professor Paul Pickering

BA (Hons) PhD (Latrobe) FRHistS
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • British History 210305
  • Biography 210304
  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

Paul's research and teaching interests are very broad. He has published extensively on Australian, British and Irish social, political and cultural history as well as biography, public memory and commemoration and the study of reenactment as an historical method.


Professor Paul Pickering was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences in June 2015. He is Director at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts. Prior to taking up this post he was Deputy Director (2010-13), Director of Graduate Studies (2004-9) and a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre (2000-4). He was the Convenor of Graduate Studies in History (2002-6) and Interdisciplinary and Cross Cultural Research (2007-13). He was inaugural Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies in 2010-11. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, co-editor of the Enlightenment World Series, Editor of Humanities Research and History Editor of Cogent: Humanities. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Supervision. His books include Chartism and the Chartists in Manchester and Salford (1995); The People's Bread: A History of the Anti-Corn Law League (2000) (with Alex Tyrrell); Friends of the People: Uneasy Radicals in the Age of the Chartists (London, 2003); Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth Century Britain (2004) and Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform (2007). Paul's most recent books are Feargus O'Connor: A Political Life (2008) and Historical Reenactment: From Realism to the Affective Turn (2010). His articles have been published by leading journals, both in Australian and overseas. In 2014 he was an Andrew Mellon Research Fellow at the Huntington Library in California, and a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Newcastle University in England. This year he has been a Visiting Research Professor at St. Andrews University and in 2016 will be Professeur invité à l'Université Paris-Sorbonne. He is Visiting Professor at Prifysgol De Cymru (University of South Wales) (2014-18).

Researcher's projects

Paul's new book (with Kate Bowan): Sounds of Liberty: Music, Radicalism and Reform in the Anglophone World, 1790-1840. forthcoming July 2017.




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