Catharine Coleborne

Professor Catharine Coleborne

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, FASSA, FRSN
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2023
  • Section(s): History


Professor Catharine Coleborne FASSA FRSN is a historian in the School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, and is currently seconded to a Director role in the Research and Innovation Division at the University of Newcastle. She has received international recognition for her scholarship on the histories of psychiatry, mental health, madness and institutions in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, including her influential work about the interactions between families and hospitals for the insane in the colonial period. Catharine’s research also extends to mobility in history in relation to policing, poverty and colonial life.

Catharine has held significant competitive external research funding in New Zealand (Marsden Fund, Royal Society of Aotearoa/New Zealand) and Australia (Australian Research Council). She has been a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia, and a Fellow of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University in the UK. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in November 2021 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales in May 2021.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.