Dr Ben Silverstein

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Melbourne), PhD (La Trobe)
Lecturer in Indigenous Studies; Honorary Member, Research Centre for Deep History, School of History
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History 210301
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303

Research interests

Indigenous histories, Deep history, settler colonialism, Australian history, histories of race.


Ben Silverstein researches in colonial and Indigenous histories, with a focus on Australia, southern and eastern Africa, and the Pacific. His work engages questions of race and settler colonialism as well as contests over sovereignties and colonial government. His first book, titled Governing Natives: Indirect Rule and Settler Colonialism in Australia’s North (Manchester University Press, 2019), explores Australian articulations of indirect rule as a mode of governing Aboriginal people in the interwar period.


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