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Professor Stephen Garton

BA (Sydney), PhD (UNSW), FAHA, FRAHS

Elected: 2002

Discipline: History

Specialisation: Australian history, psychiatry, crime, social policy, sexuality.


Professor Stephen Garton is Professor of History and  Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

A graduate of the University of Sydney (BA) and the University of NSW (PhD) he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society.  His area of research expertise is Australian history, although he has also published in the fields of American and British history.  His major books include Medicine and Madness: A Social History of Insanity in NSW 1880-1940 (1988), Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social Welfare 1788-1988 (1990), The Cost of War: Australians Return (1996) and Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to the Sexual Revolution (2004).  He is also a co-author with Shane White, Stephen Robertson and Graham White of Playing the Numbers, a study of the culture of the numbers rackets in Harlem in the 1920s, published by Harvard University Press in 2010.  More recently he is the co-author (with Naomi Parry, Brad Manera and Will Davies) of NSW and the Great War (2016) and (with Julia Horne) of Preserving the Past: The University of Sydney and the Unified System of Higher Education 1987-1996 (2017). He has also published extensively in such fields as the history of psychiatry, crime, poverty, social policy, eugenics, policing, masculinity, returned soldiers and demobilisation and the Dominions.  More recently he has published on the history of parole in the American South and the emergence of criminal psychiatry in New York State.

At the University of Sydney Professor Garton has been Head of the Department of History (1996-1998), an Associate Dean and Pro Dean in the Faculty of Arts (1991-1995, 1999) and a member of the Academic Board for nearly twenty years.  He was appointed Professor of History in 2000 and Challis Professor in 2004. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Garton was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, before taking up the role of Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  In addition he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, member of the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Advisory Board of the ARC.


Commonwealth Centenary Medal 2003 (for services to Australian History)


  • Julia Horne and Stephen Garton, Preserving the Past: The University of Sydney and the Unified National System of Higher Education, 1987-1996, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2017
  • Naomi Parry, Brad Manera with Will Davies and Stephen Garton, NSW and the Great War, Longueville Press, Sydney, 2016
  • Shane White, Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson, Graham White (2010) Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem between the Wars, Harvard University Press
  • Stephen Garton (2004) Histories of Sexuality, Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Stephen Garton (2003) Managing Mercy: African Americans, Parole and Paternalism in the Georgia Prison System 1919-1945, Journal of Social History, vol.36, no.3.
  • Stephen Garton (2002) Contesting Enslavement: Marriage, Manhood and ‘My Brilliant Career’, Australian Literary Studies, vol.20, no.4.
  • Stephen Garton (1996) The Cost of War: Australians Return. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Stephen Garton (1990) Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social welfare in Australia 1788-1988. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Stephen Garton (1988) Medicine and Madness: A social History of Insanity in NSW 1880-1940. Kensington, NSW: UNSW Press


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