Professor of History, UNSW

Anne O’Brien is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. Her interests in social and cultural history focus on Australia in its transnational context.

She is the author of three monographs, Poverty’s Prison: The Poor in NSW, 1880-1918, God’s Willing Workers: Women and Religion in Australia and Philanthropy and Settler Colonialism. She has written numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of women’s and gender history, religious history and welfare history.

With Dr Heather Holst, Deputy CEO of Launch Housing, she is currently researching a history of homelessness, and people experiencing it, in Australia from the late 19th century to the present.


  • –present
    Professor of History, UNSW


  • 1983 
    University of Sydney, History