Lisa Ford

Professor Lisa Ford

  • Post-Nominals:
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021
  • Section: History


Lisa Ford is a legal historian whose work explores ideas and practice of order in the British Empire and the Early National United States from 1763 to 1850. Her work is notable for recovering the role of quotidian colonial contests in shaping national, imperial and international law. Ford has published three monographs: The King’s Peace (Harvard, 2021); Rage for Order (Harvard, 2016), co-authored with Professor Lauren Benton; and Settler Sovereignty (Harvard, 2010). She has also co-edited two significant collections, Between Indigenous and Settler Governance (Routledge 2013), with Tim Rowse, and the forthcoming Cambridge Legal History of Australia, with Peter Cane and Mark McMillan.

Ford’s work has been supported by four ARC grants (including two fellowships). She also received the 2012 Crawford Medal for her contribution to the humanities as an early career researcher. Her first book won the Thomas J. Wilson Prize (for best first manuscript accepted for publication by Harvard University Press); the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Prize (for American Legal History); and the New South Wales Premier’s History Prize (General Category). Ford has a strong commitment to sector service. She is currently co-convening the 2021 Australian Historical Association Conference; recently completed three years as co-editor of Australian Historical Studies; is co-editor of Cambridge Studies in Legal History and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History and the editorial board of Settler Colonial Studies and Law and History Review. She is currently Professor of History at UNSW, Sydney.

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.