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Australian Catholic University
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Modern Australian History, History of Capitalism, Higher Education, History of Professions, Class Race Gender in Capitalism, Labor History, Teaching History
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About Me

Dr Hannah Forsyth is Senior Lecturer in History and ARC DECRA Fellow at ACU.

Her Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Project ‘Are we all Middle Class Now? A History of Professions in Australia’ is a three-year project 2017-2019. It aims to give an account of the growth of professions in twentieth-century Australia. It seeks to explain their relationship to changes in the structures and priorities of government and capitalism locally and through economic and institutional connections to international systems and organisations. She is conducting a statistical study of professions over the twentieth century and a political and cultural study of a selection of sample occupations, including Medicine, Law, Engineering, Teaching, Accounting, Journalism, Nursing and Social Work.

Hannah is the author of A History of the Modern Australian University, a book published in 2014 by University of New South Wales Press. Hannah’s research on the history of higher education has been the subject of discussion in the public sphere and she is a regular contributor to the media, in newspapers like The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald as well as The Conversation and London’s Times Higher Education.

Hannah teaches modern history, historiography and Australian Indigenous History. She has supervised honours and postgraduate work in labour history, Aboriginal history, history of capitalism and gender history.

Recent Publications

Scholarly Book

Forsyth, H. (2014). A History of the Modern Australian University (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing).


Recent Articles (2017-18)

Forsyth, H. (2018). ‘Reconsidering women’s role in the professionalisation of the economy: evidence from the Australian census 1881-1947’ Australian Economic History Review

Forsyth, H. (2018). ‘Class, professional work and the history of capitalism in Broken Hill, c.1880-1910’ Labor: Studies in Working-Class History  15:2, pp.21-47

Forsyth, H. and Altin Gavranovic (2017) ‘The Logic of Survival: towards an Indigenous-centred history of capitalism in Wilcannia’ Settler Colonial Studies

Forsyth, H and Sophie Loy Wilson (2017). Seeking a New Materialism in Australian History Australian Historical Studies 48(2), pp.169-88 

Forsyth, H (2017). Post-war political economics and the growth of Australian university research, c.1945-65 History of Education Review 46(1), pp.15-32

Selected Press Articles

Forsyth, H. ‘The long view: scholars assess the state of history’ Times Higher Education February 15, 2018

Forsyth, H. and Jedidiah Evans ‘Casual exploitation must become history’ Times Higher Education 29 June 2017

Forsyth, H. ‘Group of Eight’s change of tack smacks of self-interest’ in John Watson (ed.) Politics, policy & the chance of change: The Conversation Yearbook Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2015 originally published at

Forsyth, H. ‘How Leaders Lost their Way’ The Australian 1 October 2014

Forsyth, H. ‘The Australian test: uncapped student numbers: does more mean better or worse?’ Times Higher Education 2014

Forsyth, H. ‘Money and old Tropes’ Times Higher Education 2013

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Higher Ed, Indigenous Peoples, Pedagogy, Urban History, Women