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The Australian National University

Mark Dawson

Position: Lecturer

School or Centre: College of Arts & Social Sciences


Phone: 261252713

Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 2107

Website: My profile website


MA (Hons) (University of Auckland)

PhD (University of Cambridge)


Mark Dawson was born in Christchurch (Aotearoa/New Zealand) toward the end of last century. Completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Auckland, he was awarded a Prince of Wales Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship for doctoral study in the U.K. He was a student at Cambridge’s youngest college, Wolfson, and spent three hectic years dividing his time between the History and English Faculties. He was awarded the History Faculty’s Members’ prize for work on that famous early modern Cantabrigian, Samuel Pepys. He joined the ANU as associate lecturer in 2005.

Research Interests

By training a socio-cultural historian of early modern England, with a long-standing fascination for questions of social difference and their literary representation. By experience, he has acquired interests in the early modern Atlantic (or Anglophone colonial) world; the role of bodily, racial perception in the creation of inequality.


Dawson, M.S., 'The Fate(s) of an Astrological Manuscript: Le Neve's Vindication and MS. Ashmole 418', Bodleian Library Record, vol. 27, no. 1 (2014), pp. 105-12.

Dawson, M.S. ‘All the News That's Fit to Film?: Copying the Nichols Collection of Early London Newspapers’, Parergon, vol. 30, no. 2 (2013): pp. 129–155.

Dawson, M.S. ‘Astrology and Human Variation in Early Modern England’, The Historical Journal, vol. 56, no. 1 (2013): pp. 31–53.


Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

American Historical Association

Projects and Grants

“Human Variation in Early Modern English Culture, c. 1600-1750” – a book-length project which aims to assess popular perceptions of physical difference; everyday understandings of how people’s bodies were different, why, and the social consequences of these apparent, outward contrasts.


HIST2205/6205: Europe and the Atlantic World, 1492-1776

HIST2219/6509: Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714: Politics, Society, Culture

HIST2133/6133: Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, 1450-1950

HIST3007/6007: Making History

HIST4010/8023: History Incorporated: Early Modern Bodies, 1550-1750

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