Lisa Ford

Associate Dean

Professor Ford's research centres on ideas and practices of order in the post-1763 British Empire and the early national United States.

Her prize-winning first book, Settler Sovereignty (Harvard UP, 2010), explains how and why North American and Australasian settler polities defined their sovereignty against indigenous customary law after 1800. Her second book, Rage for Order (Harvard UP, 2016), co-authored with Professor Lauren Benton, explores the constitutive intersections among imperial legal reform, international law and global order in the early nineteenth century. 

Professor Ford is currently working on a third book, The King's Colonial Peace (contracted with Harvard UP) which will show that conflicts about peace keeping in the British Empire from 1763-1840 produced new and contested understandings of the nature of the imperial constitution. With colleagues, she is also commencing a pan-imperial study of commissions of legal inquiry which visited nearly every British colony between 1817 and 1827. This project will also test the value of corpus linguistics analysis in understanding shifts in bureaucratic legal language in empire.

Professor Ford received the 2012 Max Crawford Award, recognising 'outstanding achievement in the humanities by young Australian scholars... whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public.' Her work has been funded by three major ARC grants: DP110103832, Empire and Order (2011-2013); DE120100593, Protecting the Peace (2012-2017); and DP180100537, Inquiring into Empire (2018-2022). 

 

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Publications

Books
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Benton L, 2016, Rage for Order, Harvard University Press
2016
Ford L; Rowse T, 2012, Between indigenous and settler governance, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203085028
2012
Ford L, 2010, Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836, 1, Havard University Press, Cambridge, MA
2010
Book Chapters
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Ford L, 2017, 'Protecting the Peace on the Edges of Empire: Commissioners of Crown Lands in New South Wales', in Protection and Empire: A Global History, Cambridge University Press, pp. 175 - 193
2017
Ford L, 2014, 'Law', in Armitage D; Bashford A (ed.), Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/pacific-histories-david-armitage/?K=9781137001658
2014
Benton L; Ford L, 2013, 'Magistrates in Empire: Convicts, Slaves, and the Remaking of the Plural Order in the British Empire', in Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850, edn. Original, New York University Press, New York and London, pp. 173 - 198, https://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=10774
2013
Roberts D; Ford L, 2013, 'Expansion, 1820-1850', in Macintyre ABS (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 121 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781107445758.009
2013
Ford L, 2013, 'Locating Indigenous Self-Determination in the Margins of Settler Sovereignty: An Introduction', in Ford L; Rowse T (ed.), Between Indigenous and Settler Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 1 - 11, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000348600500001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
McHugh P; Ford L, 2013, 'Settler Sovereignty and the Shapeshifting Crown', in Ford L; Rowse T (ed.), BETWEEN INDIGENOUS AND SETTLER GOVERNANCE, Routledge, London, pp. 23 - 34, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000348600500003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
Ford L, 2010, 'The Pig and the Peace: Transposing Order in Early Sydney', in Dorsett S; Hunter I (ed.), Law and Politics and British Colonial Thought: Transpositions of Empire, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 169 - 186
2010
Ford L, 2009, 'Before Settler Sovereignty and After Aboriginal Sovereignty: New South Wales in Global Perspective', in Attwood B; Griffiths T (ed.), Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian History, edn. 1, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, pp. 185 - 208
2009
Conference Presentations
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Ford L; Doherty S, 2017, 'Inquiring into empire: Corpus linguistics and the constitution of empire', presented at Invited seminar at Duke University, Duke University, NC, USA, 07 October 2017 - 07 October 2017
2017
Journal articles
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Ford L; Roberts DA, 2019, 'History in sight and sound', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, pp. 153 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2019.1601062
2019
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2019, 'New Migrant Histories', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, pp. 1 - 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2019.1571396
2019
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2019, 'History in sight and sound', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, pp. 153 - 154,
2019
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2019, 'New Migrant Histories', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, pp. 1 - 2,
2019
Benton L; Ford L, 2018, 'Island Despotism: Trinidad, the British Imperial Constitution and Global Legal Order', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 46, pp. 21 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2017.1379671
2018
Booth K; Ford L, 2016, 'Ross v Chambers: Assimilation law and policy in the Northern Territory', ABORIGINAL HISTORY, vol. 40, pp. 3 - 25, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000393478000002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2016
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2016, '‘Mr Peel’s Amendments’ in New South Wales: Imperial criminal reform in a distant penal colony', Journal of Legal History, vol. 37, pp. 198 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01440365.2016.1191591
2016
Brawley S; Clark J; Dixon C; Ford L; Nielsen E; Ross S; Upton S, 2015, 'History on trial: Evaluating learning outcomes through audit and accreditation in a national standards environment', Teaching and Learning Inquiry, vol. 3, pp. 89 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.3.2.89
2015
Brawley S; Clark J; Dixon C; Ford L; Nielson E; Ross S; Upton S, 2015, 'History on Trial: Evaluating Learning Outcomes through Audit and Accreditation in a National Standards Environment', Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, vol. 3, pp. 89 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/teachlearninqu.3.2.89
2015
Brawley S; Clark J; Dixon C; Ford L; Nielsen E; Ross S; Upton S, 2015, 'History on trial: Evaluating learning outcomes through audit and accreditation in a national standards environment', Teaching and Learning Inquiry, vol. 3, pp. 89 - 105,
2015
Ford L; Roberts D, 2015, '"Legal Change, Convict Activism and the Reform of Penal Relocation in Colonial New South Wales: The Port Macquarie Penal Settlement, 1822–26"', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 46, pp. 174 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2015.1037319
2015
Ford L; Roberts DA, 2014, 'New South Wales penal settlements and the transformation of secondary punishment in the nineteenth-century British Empire', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 15, pp. n/a, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cch.2014.0038
2014
Ford L, 2014, 'Antislavery and the Reconstitution of Empire', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 45, pp. 71 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2013.877502
2014
Brawley S; Clark J; Dixon C; Ford L; Ross S; Upton S; Nielsen E, 2013, 'Learning outcomes assessment and History: TEQSA, the after Standards Project and the QA/QI challenge in Australia', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, vol. 12, pp. 20 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474022212460745
2013
Brawley SS; Clark J; Dixon C; Grolman L; Ross S; Upton SI; Ford L, 2011, 'Applying standards to tertiary-level history: Policy, challenges and the After Standards project', History Australia, vol. 8, pp. 177 - 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2011.11668394
2011
Ford L, 2011, 'Thinking big about New South Wales history: colonial law in global perspective.', Australian Bar Review, vol. 34, pp. 204 - 213
2011
Ford L, 2010, 'Featured Review: James Belich. Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783-1939', The American Historical Review, vol. 115, pp. 1106 - 1108
2010
Ford L; Salter B, 2008, 'From Pluralism to Territorial Sovereignty: The 1816 Trial of Mow-watty in the Superior Court of New South Wales', Indigenous Law Journal, vol. 7, pp. 67 - 86
2008
Ford L, 2008, 'Indigenous Policy and its Historical Occlusions: The North American and Global Contexts of Australian Settlement', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 12, pp. 69 - 80
2008
Ford L, 2006, 'Empire and Order on the Colonial Frontiers of Georgia and New South Wales', Itinerario: journal on the history of European expansion and global interaction, vol. 3, pp. 95 - 113
2006
Ford L, 2003, 'Yellow(s) (Im)Peril(ed): Reinventing the Colonial Nightmare', Australian Studies, vol. 18, pp. 67 - 114
2003
Ford L, 1999, 'Heroes, Villains and Wicked Priests: Authority and Story in the Histories of Simon Schama', Clio - a Journal of Literature History and the Philosophy of History, vol. 29, pp. 23 - 46
1999
Other
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Ford L, 2017, Review: Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia by Ann McGrath, Oxford University Press (OUP), http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/phr.2017.86.3.593
2017