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Professor of History, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney

Professor Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.

Professor Garton is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA) and the University of NSW (PhD) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society. His area of research expertise is Australian history, although he has also published in the fields of American and British history. His major books include Medicine and Madness: A Social History of Insanity in NSW 1880-1940 (1988), Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social Welfare 1788-1988 (1990), The Cost of War: Australians Return (1996) and Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to the Sexual Revolution (2004). He is also a co-author with Shane White, Stephen Robertson and Graham White of Playing the Numbers, a study of the culture of the numbers rackets in Harlem in the 1920s, published by Harvard University Press in 2010. He has also published extensively in such fields as the history of psychiatry, crime, poverty, social policy, eugenics, policing, masculinity and returned soldiers. More recently he has published on the history of parole in the American South and the emergence of criminal psychiatry in New York State.

At the University of Sydney Professor Garton has been Head of the Department of History (1996-1998), an Associate Dean and Pro Dean in the Faculty of Arts (1991-1995, 1999) and a member of the Academic Board for nearly fifteen years. He was appointed Professor of History in 2000 and Challis Professor in 2004. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Garton was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, before taking up the role of Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In addition he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and on the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.


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    Professor of History, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney