Emeritus Professor Paul Pickering

BA (Hons) PhD (Latrobe) FRHS
Director, Australian Studies Institute
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, digital humanities, industrial heritage and the study of reenactment as an historical method.


Professor Paul Pickering is Director of the Australian Studies Institute (2017-) and a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences. Prior to taking up his current posts Paul has undertaken numerous roles at ANU, including Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts (2012-21), a term as Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (2014-16), inaugural Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies (2010-12); Director of Graduate Studies (2004-9) and a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre (2000-4). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate 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); Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform (2007); Feargus O'Connor: A Political Life (2008) and Historical Reenactment: From Realism to the Affective Turn (2010). His latest book (with Kate Bowan), Sounds of Liberty: Music, Radicalism and Reform in the Anglophone World, 1790-1914, was published in August 2017. His articles have been published by leading journals, both in Australia and overseas. Paul’s current book project is From ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ to the ‘Manchester Miracle’: the politics of urban-industrial heritage in Britain, which will be published by Routledge in 2023. He has held numerous fellowships: in 2012 he was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Edinburgh; 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. In 2015 he was a Visiting Research Professor at St. Andrews University and in 2016 Professeur invité à l'Université Paris-Sorbonne IV. In 2018 he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Durham University and in 2022 Distinguised International Viisitng Fellow at New York University.

Researcher's projects

Recent publications: 

‘Garibaldi in Australia’, Historical Journal


Sounds of Liberty http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719082740//

His current project is a study of the politics of industral heritage in Manchester to be published by Routledge in 2025




Projects and Grants

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