Susan Broomhall

Professor Susan Broomhall

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2012
  • Section(s): History, European Languages And Cultures


Susan Broomhall is a graduate of The University of Western Australia (BA Hons, 1996; PhD 1999; DipArts 2020), of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance attached to Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, 2000) and of the University of New England (MA 2023; DipArts 2023). She has primarily published in the field of women and gender in the early modern world. Her books on women and gender in the book trade, in medical and natural philosophical knowledge, in religion, in agricultural and environmental history, and in historiography, heritage and tourism brought a feminist analysis to innovations of, primarily, the early modern world. She has a continuing interest in early modern women’s writings and has published several modern editions of sixteenth-century Frenchwomen’s prose. Her research has expanded to explore cultural contact and global encounters; and the heritage of the early modern world. She was Professor of History at The University of Western Australia from 2010 to 2021, a Foundation Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, of which she was the Acting Director in 2011 and Co-Director in 2018-2019, and a Foundation Chief Investigator in the Academy of Korean Studies-funded Korea Research Centre. She is currently Director of the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University.

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.