Professor Stephen Garton elected as Australian Academy of the Humanities President

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has elected eminent Australian historian Professor Stephen Garton AM FAHA FRAHS FASSA FRSN as the Academy’s 20th President. 

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An image of Stephen Garton. Source: LinkedIn

“It is an immense privilege to serve as the Academy’s 20th President. The world is experiencing rapid and far-reaching social and technological change, and the humanities empower us to think and act creatively, and in managing and adapting to change, we think critically about ways to ensure that innovation can be shaped to improve the lives of all Australians,” said Professor Garton.

Professor Garton’s research expertise is Australian history. He has also published in the fields of American and British history. His major books provide thought provoking insights into areas including the history of medicine, particularly psychiatry, social welfare, war veterans and the aftermath of war, sexuality and the history of higher education.

Professor Garton succeeds Emeritus Professor Lesley Head FASSA FAHA, whose term as President has come to an end.

“The Academy has achieved a number of significant milestones under Professor Head’s leadership, perhaps most notably, the establishment of the new Indigenous-led section for Fellows engaged in Indigenous Studies. This is a critical step to recognising some of Australia’s brightest scholars, particularly Indigenous scholars, as part of our Academy,” he continued.

Professor Garton has also had a long career in University administration, serving as Dean of Arts, Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and also as interim Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Sydney. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education administration and to history.

Professor Garton will serve a three-year term as President.

About the Australian Academy of the Humanities

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is the voice for the humanities in Australia, championing their unique role in understanding the past, explaining the world we live in, and imagining and shaping the future. Our Academy is one of Australia’s five Learned Academies – independent organisations established to encourage excellence in their respective fields and to provide expertise and advice at public, institutional and government levels.

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.