Alison Bashford

Professor

Alison Bashford is Research Professor in History and Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program. Her work connects the history of science, global history, and environmental history into new assessments of the modern world, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. She has recently focused on the geopolitics of world population, presented in two books: The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Re-reading the Principle of Population, with Joyce E. Chaplin (Princeton University Press, 2016) and Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth (Columbia University Press, 2014). Before taking up her Research Chair at UNSW, Alison Bashford was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Trustee of Royal Museums, Greenwich, UK. In 2009-10, she was the Whitlam and Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. She has researched and taught at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. Alison Bashford is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In May 2018, she presented the Wiles Lectures at Queen's University, Belfast. 

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Publications

Books
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Bashford A; Chaplin JE, 2016, The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus Rereading the "Principle of Population", Princeton University Press
2016
Bashford A, 2014, Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth, Columbia University Press, New York
2014
Bashford A, 2003, Imperial Hygiene A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health, Springer
2003
Bashford A, 2003, Isolation: Places and practices of exclusion, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203405222
2003
Bashford A, 1998, Purity and Pollution Gender, Embodiment and Victorian Medicine, Springer
1998
Book Chapters
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Bashford A, 2018, 'World Population from Eugenics to Climate Change', in Hopwood N; Kassell L; Flemming R (ed.), Reproduction: From Antiquity to the Present Day, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 505 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781107705647
2018
Bashford A, 2017, 'Foreword', in , pp. v - vii, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64686-2
2017
Bashford A, 2017, 'The Pacific Ocean', in Armitage D; Bashford A; Sivasundaram S (ed.), Oceanic Histories, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 62 - 84
2017
Bashford A, 2016, 'History of Public Health during Colonialism', in International Encyclopedia of Public Health, pp. 13 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00454-9
2016
Bashford A, 2015, 'Population politics since 1750', in McNeill JR; Pomeranz K (ed.), The Cambridge World History, Cambridge University Press, pp. 212 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139196079.009
2015
Bashford A; Hobbins P, 2013, 'Science and medicine', in The Cambridge History of Australia, pp. 263 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.042
2013
Bashford A; MacIntyre S, 2013, 'Preface: The Cambridge History of Australia Vol.2', in Bashford A; Macintyre S (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, pp. xxvii - xxxii, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
2013
Bashford A, 2013, 'Commentary', in The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change, pp. 37 - 39
2013
Bashford A; Macintyre S, 2013, 'Preface: The Cambridge History of Australia', in The Cambridge History of Australia, pp. xxi - xxvi, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
2013
Bashford A; MacIntyre S, 2011, 'Introduction: The Cambridge History of Australia', in The Cambridge History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
2011
Bashford A, 2011, 'Medicine, Gender, and Empire', in Gender and Empire, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.003.0005
2011
Klausen S; Bashford A, 2010, 'Fertility Control: Eugenics, Neo-Malthusianism, and Feminism', in The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0006
2010
Bashford A, 2010, 'Epilogue: Where did Eugenics Go?', in Bashford A; Levine P (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0033
2010
Levine P; Bashford A, 2010, 'Introduction: Eugenics and the Modern World', in Bashford A; Levine P (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0001
2010
Bashford A, 2010, 'Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Eugenics', in Bashford A; Levine P (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0009
2010
Bashford A, 2010, 'Chronology', in The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.013.0034
2010
Bashford A, 2010, 'The great white plague turns alien: Tuberculosis and immigration in Australia, 1901-2001', in Tuberculosis Then and Now: Perspectives on the History of an Infectious Disease, pp. 100 - 122
2010
Burns A; Richards JC, 2009, 'Introduction', in Burns A; Richards JC (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.003
2009
Bashford A, 2008, 'The History of Public Health During Colonialism', in International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Academic Press, pp. 398 - 404, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-012373960-5.00543-8
2008
Bashford A, 2006, ''The age of universal contagion': History, disease and globalization', in , pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230288904
2006
Convery I; Welshman J; Bashford A, 2006, 'Where is the border?: Screening for tuberculosis in the United Kingdom and Australia, 1950-2000', in Medicine at the Border: Disease, Globalization and Security, 1850 to the Present, pp. 97 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230288904
2006
Bashford A, 2003, 'Cultures of confinement: Tuberculosis, isolation and the sanatorium', in Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion, pp. 125 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203405222
2003
Bashford A; Strange C, 2003, 'Isolation and exclusion in the modern world: An introductory essay', in , pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203405222
2003
Edited Books
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Bashford A, 2016, Quarantine: Local and Global Histories, Palgrave, Basingstoke
2016
Bashford A; Macintyre S, (ed.), 2011, The Cambridge history of Australia, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758
2011
Bashford A; Levine P, (ed.), 2010, The Oxford Handbook of The History of Eugenics, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373141.001.0001
2010
Bashford A, (ed.), 2006, Medicine at the border: Disease, globalization and security, 1850 to the present, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230288904
2006
Journal articles
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Bashford A, 2019, 'MALTHUS and CHINA', Historical Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X1900013X
2019
Bashford A; Kelly D; Fennell S, 2019, 'MALTHUSIAN MOMENTS: INTRODUCTION', Historical Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X19000098
2019
Bashford A, 2018, 'Deep Genetics: Universal History and the Species', History and Theory, vol. 57, pp. 313 - 322
2018
Otter C; Bashford A; Brooke JL; Jonsson FA; Kelly JM, 2018, 'Roundtable: The anthropocene in British History', Journal of British Studies, vol. 57, pp. 568 - 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2018.79
2018
Bashford A, 2017, 'Terraqueous histories', Historical Journal, vol. 60, pp. 253 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X16000431
2017
Bashford A; Hobbins P; Clarke A; Frederick UK, 2016, 'Geographies of commemoration: Angel Island, San Francisco and North Head, Sydney', Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 52, pp. 16 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2015.12.003
2016
Bashford A; Hobbins P, 2015, 'Rewriting Quarantine: Pacific History at Australia's Edge', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 46, pp. 392 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2015.1071860
2015
Bashford A, 2015, 'Bioscapes: Gendering the global history of medicine', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 89, pp. 690 - 695, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2015.0123
2015
Bashford A, 2014, 'Made to do business in', TLS - The Times Literary Supplement, pp. 22 - 23
2014
McAdam J; Bashford A, 2014, 'The Right to Asylum: Britain’s 1905 Aliens Act and the Evolution of Refugee Law', Law and History Review, vol. 32, pp. 309 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S07382480140000
2014
Bashford A, 2014, 'Immigration restriction: Rethinking period and place from settler colonies to postcolonial nations', Journal of Global History, vol. 9, pp. 26 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S174002281300048X
2014
Bashford A, 2013, 'The anthropocene is modern history: Reflections on climate and australian deep time', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 44, pp. 341 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2013.817454
2013
Bashford A; Gilchrist C, 2012, 'The Colonial History of the 1905 Aliens Act', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 40, pp. 409 - 437, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2012.712380
2012
Bashford A; Tracy SW, 2012, 'Introduction: Modern airs, waters, and places', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 86, pp. 495 - 514
2012
Bashford A, 2012, 'Anticolonial climates: Physiology, ecology, and global population, 1920s-1950s', Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 86, pp. 596 - 626
2012
Bashford A, 2012, 'Malthus and colonial history', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 36, pp. 99 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2011.649487
2012
Bashford A, 2011, 'Book notice: Ed Cohen: A body worth defending: Immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body.', Metascience, vol. 21, pp. 501 - 502, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11016-011-9590-9
2011
Bashford A, 2010, 'Living with tuberculosis: the prehistory of HIV/AIDS.', Lancet, vol. 375, pp. 1774 - 1775, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60794-5
2010
Bashford A, 2008, 'World population, world health and security: 20th century trends', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 62, pp. 187 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2006.055608
2008
Bashford A, 2008, 'Population, geopolitics, and international organizations in the mid twentieth century', Journal of World History, vol. 19, pp. 327 - 347, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40542618
2008
Bashford A, 2008, 'World population and Australian land: Demography and sovereignty in the twentieth century (vol 38, pg 130, 2007)', AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES, vol. 39, pp. 2 - 2, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000256845200002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2008
Bashford A, 2007, 'World population and Australian land: Demography and sovereignty in the twentieth century', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, pp. 211 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610708601243
2007
Bashford A, 2007, 'Nation, empire, globe: The spaces of population debate in the interwar years', Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 49, pp. 170 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0010417507000448
2007
Bashford A; Strange C, 2007, 'Thinking historically about public health', Medical Humanities, vol. 33, pp. 87 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jmh.2006.000251
2007
Welshman J; Bashford A, 2006, 'Tuberculosis, migration, and medical examination: Lessons from history', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 60, pp. 282 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2005.038604
2006
Bashford A, 2006, 'Global biopolitics and the history of world health', History of the Human Sciences, vol. 19, pp. 67 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952695106062148
2006
Bashford A; Strange C, 2004, 'Public pedagogy: Sex education and mass communication in the mid-twentieth century', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 13, pp. 71 - 99, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3704689
2004
Bashford A; Strange C, 2002, 'Asylum-seekers and national histories of detention', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 48, pp. 509 - 527, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8497.00273
2002
Bashford A, 2002, 'At the border contagion, immigration, nation', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 33, pp. 344 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610208596224
2002
Hooker C; Bashford A, 2002, 'Diphtheria and Australian public health: Bacteriology and its complex applications, c. 1890-1930', Medical History, vol. 46, pp. 41 - 64
2002
Bashford A, 2000, ''Is White Australia possible?' Race, colonialism and tropical medicine', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 23, pp. 248 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/014198700329042
2000
Bashford A, 1999, 'Epidemic and governmentality: Smallpox in Sydney, 1881', Critical Public Health, vol. 9, pp. 301 - 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581599908402942
1999
Bashford A, 1998, 'Quarantine and the imagining of the Australian nation', Health, vol. 2, pp. 387 - 402, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/136345939800200406
1998
Bashford A, 1997, 'Starch on the collar and sweat on the brow: Self sacrifice and the status of work for nurses', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 21, pp. 67 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443059709387298
1997
Bashford A, 1993, 'Frances Gillam Holden and the children’s hospital dispute, 1887: Woman’s sphere, feminism and nursing', Women's History Review, vol. 2, pp. 319 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612029300200032
1993