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.
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