Specialisation: Poverty; inequality; social justice; social history; history education and teaching
Mark Peel is the Provost of the University of Leicester, having previously worked there as a Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience). He first moved to Leicester in 2013, having moved to Britain in early 2010 to become Professor of Modern Cultural and Social History in the School of History at the University of Liverpool. Before going to Britain, he was a professor of History in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. As an Australian and comparative historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he is interested in histories of poverty, inequality and social justice, with a particular focus on poor people’s activism and ideas about justice, changing notions of entitlement, and the history of charity, social work and welfare. He also writes in the genre of national history (with both A Little History of Australia and the co-authored A History of Australia). He has a particularly strong reputation as a teacher – in 2008, he received both an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and Monash University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award – and has contributed to debates about curriculum and teaching methods in both secondary and university education. He also conducted research and helped develop particularly innovative programs in the area of school-university transition and student welfare.
- Mark Peel (2012), Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse: Social Work and the Story of Poverty in America, Australia and Britain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Mark Peel and Christina Twomey (2011) A History of Australia. London: Palgrave MacMillian.
- Mark Peel (2007) Male Social Workers and the Anxieties of Women’s Authority: Boston and Minneapolis, 1920-1940, Journal of Men’s Studies 15(3): 282-95.
- Mark Peel (2005) ‘Feeling Your Position’: Charity, Social Work and the Drama of Class in Melbourne, 1920-1940, History Australia 2(3): 83.1-83.15.
- Mark Peel (2004) The Imperfect Bodies of the Poor, Griffith Review 4: 83-93.
- Mark Peel (2003) The Lowest Rung: Voices of Australian Poverty. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.