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Catharine Coleborne

Director, Research and Innovation Division/Professor of History, School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle

Currently working in the Division of Research and Innovation as a Director, I maintain my work as a historian of health and medicine, especially mental health. I am a proud Humanities graduate of the University of Melbourne and of La Trobe University. Currently a member of the ARC's College of Experts, I am also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and a former Humanities panel member for the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund. My book Vagrant Lives in Colonial Australasia 1840 to 1910 is published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2024.

Past President, Australasian Council for Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), 2020-2022
Past President, Australia and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine, 2019-2021


  • –present
    Head of School Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle


  • 1998 
    Latrobe University, PhD History
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, Masters (History)
  • 1990 
    University of Melbourne, BA (Hons) History and English