Lynn Martin

Dr Lynn Martin

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1994
  • Section(s): History


Lynn Martin is an award-winning historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society ,and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Australian government for his contribution to Australian society through history. He is specialised in the history of the Jesuits, and his books include The Jesuit Mind: The Mentality of an Elite in Early Modern France (1988), Plague?: Jesuit Accounts of Epidemic Disease in the Sixteenth Century (1996), plus shorter pieces on Roman prostitutes, insanity in the sixteenth century, the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the family, and papal policies during the wars of religion. He now specialises in the history of drinking in traditional Europe. In 1997 he became Founder-Director of the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for the History of Food and Drink, a position he held until 2004. As Director he was responsible for the establishment of the University’s Graduate Program in Gastronomy and was the Program’s first Managing Director. He also edited with Barbara Santich two books that resulted from the Research Centre’s series of conferences and symposia, Gastronomic Encounters and Culinary History. Although officially retiring at the end of 2003, Martin is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He also edits the Research Centre’s Newsletter, is an International Juror for the Slow Food Movement and on the Editorial Board of Food, Culture, and Society, supervises honours and postgraduate students, and teaches honours seminars.

Acknowledgement of Country

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