David Lemmings was born in London and educated at the Universities of Sussex, London and Oxford before coming to Australia as a Research Fellow of the University of Adelaide in 1987. He then moved to the University of Newcastle in 1990 where he became Head of the Department of History in 1998 and Associate Professor in History in 2000. In 2008, Professor Lemmings moved to the University of Adelaide where he is Professor of History and Leader of the 'Change' research program in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Professor Lemmings’ research has been focussed on the history of the legal profession in late seventeenth and eighteenth-century England, and more broadly on law and society in England and its former colonies. He is currently researching the history of emotions and the public sphere in England, 1680 - 1820. David Lemmings is joint editor (with William M. Reddy) of Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions.