Professor Stephen Garton

BA Sydney PhD UNSW
Professor of History
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
FAHA, FRHS, FASSA

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Biographical details

Professor Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.

Professor Garton is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA) and the University of NSW (PhD) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Australian Historical Society. His area of research expertise is Australian history, although he has also published in the fields of American and British history. His major books include Medicine and Madness: A Social History of Insanity in NSW 1880-1940 (1988), Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social Welfare 1788-1988 (1990), The Cost of War: Australians Return (1996) and Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to the Sexual Revolution (2004). He is also a co-author with Shane White, Stephen Robertson and Graham White of Playing the Numbers, a study of the culture of the numbers rackets in Harlem in the 1920s, published by Harvard University Press in 2010. He has also published extensively in such fields as the history of psychiatry, crime, poverty, social policy, eugenics, policing, masculinity and returned soldiers. More recently he has published on the history of parole in the American South and the emergence of criminal psychiatry in New York State.

At the University of Sydney Professor Garton has been Head of the Department of History (1996-1998), an Associate Dean and Pro Dean in the Faculty of Arts (1991-1995, 1999) and a member of the Academic Board for nearly fifteen years. He was appointed Professor of History in 2000 and Challis Professor in 2004. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Garton was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, before taking up the role of Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In addition he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and on the Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Social and Cultural History – particularly Australia, also Britain and America
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Crime and Incarceration
  • History of Sexuality
  • History of Masculinity

Teaching and supervision

Australian, British and American social and cultural history, with specific focus on crime, incarceration, medicine, masculinity and sexuality.

Current projects

Selected grants

2014

  • The Origins and Effects of the Unified National System of Higher Education in Australia; Macintyre S, Croucher G, Garton S, Davis G, Horne J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Year of the Riot: Harlem, 1935; White S, Robertson S, Garton S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • Estate Pamela Green Bequest; Garton S; Pamela Green/Research Bequest.

2006

  • Linkage Round 2 2005 - The Dictionary of Sydney: Delivering the city's digital multimedia resources; Garton S; N/A/Project Support.
  • The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online and Emerging National Information Systems: Networking; et a, Garton S, Griffiths T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2005

  • The Dictionary of Sydney: Delivering the citys digital multimedia resources to the wider community; Garton S, Johnson I, Coleman R, Ashton P, Fitzgerald S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Reconceptualising Heritage Collections: Multidisciplinary approaches to Museum Collections and Docum; Cameron F, Edmonds E, Garton S, Sumption K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Promoting Scholarly Writing in the Public Sphere; Garton S, Darian-Smith K, McPhee H, Harris M, Modjeska D, McCalman I, Macintyre S, Byron J, Donaldson I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP).

2004

  • The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online: A Database of National Biography Facilitating Research into Australia's History; Carment D, Horner D, McCalman J, Buckridge P, Roe J, Garton S, Macintyre S, Jalland P, Mackinnon A, Davison G, Stannage C, Griffiths T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2003

  • Black Metropolis: Harlem 1915-1930; White G, Garton S, Robertson S, White S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2002

  • Objects of knowledge - multidisciplinary approaches in museum collections documentation'; Garton S, Cameron F; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2001

  • Museum Controversies; Cameron F, Garton S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).
  • A Supplementary Volume of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1770-1980; Kingston B, Garton S, Roe J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).
  • Exhibitions as Contested Sites. The Role of Museums in Contemporary Australian Society.; Kelly L, Garton S, Cameron F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).

2000

  • SPIRT 2000 "Themescaping Virtual Collections: Accessing and Interpreting Musuem Collections On-line"; Garton S.
  • Themescaping virtual collections: Accessing and interpreting museum collections on-line; Garton S, Cameron F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).

1999

  • SPIRT 2001: Exhibitions as contested sites - The role of museums in contemporary Australian society; Cameron F, Garton S; Australian Museum/Project Support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2010). Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2004). Histories Of Sexuality: Antiquity To Sexual Revolution. London: Equinox Publishing.
  • Garton, S. (1996). The Cost of War: Australians Return. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Garton, S. (1990). Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social Welfare 1788-1988. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Garton, S. (1988). Medicine and madness : a social history of insanity in New South Wales 1880-1940. Kensington: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

Edited Books

  • Garton, S., Cunneen, C. (2005). Australian Dictionary of Biography: Supplement, 1580-1980. Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Garton, S., Stanley, P. (2013). The Great War and its aftermath, 1914-22. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, (pp. 39-63). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2012). Introduction: Panel 1: What were the dominant research agendas in 1969 and how have they changed? In Mark Finnane and Ian Donaldson (Eds.), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australia, (pp. 29-32). Crawley, WA, Australia: UWA Publishing.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2011). The Black Eagle of Harlem. In W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, (pp. 291-314). Chapel Hill, USA: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Garton, S. (2010). Eugenics in Australia and New Zealand: Laboratories of Racial Science. In Alison Bashford and Philippa Levine (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, (pp. 243-257). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2008). The Envelope, Please. In James W. Cook, Lawrence B. Glickman and Michael OMalley (Eds.), The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present, and Future, (pp. 121-151). Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Garton, S. (2007). 'Wild Follies and Ostentatious Displays': Reflections on Alexander the Great in India and the Question of Collective Memory. In Ray, Himanshu Prabha and Potts, Daniel T. (Eds.), Memory as History: The Legacy of Alexander in Asia, (pp. 1-15). New Dehli: Aryan Books International.
  • Garton, S. (2006). Crime, Prisons and Psychiatry: Reconsidering Problem Populations in Australia, 1890-1930. In Peter Becker & Richard F. Wetzell (Eds.), Criminals and their Scientists: The History of Criminology in International Perspective, (pp. 231-251). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2003). Asylum histories: reconsidering Australia's lunatic past. In Colborne, MacKinnon (Eds.), Madness in Australia: histories, heritage and the asylum, (pp. 11-22). QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Garton, S. (2003). On the defensive: Poststructuralism and Australian Cultural History. In Teo, H. M. and White, R. (Eds.), Cultural History in Australia, (pp. 52-66). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

Journals

  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S. (2013). Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s. Journal of Urban History, 39(5), 864-880. [More Information]
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2012). Disorderly Houses: Residences, Privacy, and the Surveillance of Sexuality in 1920s Harlem. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 21(3), 443-466. [More Information]
  • Garton, S. (2010). Criminal Propensities: Psychiatry, Classification and Imprisonment in New York State 1916-1940. Social History of Medicine, 23(1), 79-97. [More Information]
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2010). This Harlem Life: Black Families and Everyday Life in the 1920s and 1930s. Journal Of Social History, 44(1), 97-122. [More Information]
  • Garton, S. (2009). Australian Asylums and Their Histories. Health and History, 11(1), 25-45.
  • Garton, S. (2008). 'Fit Only for the Scrapheap': Rebuilding Returned Soldier Manhood in Australia after 1945. Gender and History, 20(1), 48-67.
  • Garton, S. (2005). Memoir: Private Life of a Public Man. Griffith Review, 10, 248-250.
  • Garton, S. (2004). Paradise of Quacks: An Alternative History of Medicine in Australia. By Philippa Martyr. Australian Historical Studies, 35(123), 189-190.
  • Garton, S. (2003). Managing Mercy: African Americans, Parole and Paternalism in the Georgia Prison Sysytem 1919-1945. Journal Of Social History, 36(3), 675-699.
  • Shlomowitz, E., Garton, S. (2002). "How much more generally applicable are remedial words than medicines": Care of the Mentally Ill in South Australia, 1858-1884’. Journal of Australian Colonial History, 4(1), 81-103.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Changi as Televisioon: Myth, Memory, Narrative and History. Journal of Australian Studies, (73), 79-88.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Contesting Enslavement: Marriage, Manhood and My Brilliant Career. Australian Literary Studies, 20(4), 336-349.
  • Garton, S. (2002). The scales of suffering: love, death and Victorian masculinity. Social History, 27(1), 40-58.
  • Garton, S. (2001). 'The Not So Good News: Archives and History’. Australian Family Tree Connections, January 2001, 15-17.
  • Garton, S. (2001). Modernity and the Monstrous: the Making of the Modern Psychopath. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 23, 64-81.

Conferences

  • Garton, S. (2005). 'The name insane gives a man the miserables": Asylum Histories in Australia'. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Congress, AUS: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Congress.
  • Garton, S. (2003). 'Uncovering Sex: Investigating Women's Sexuality in New York, 1913-1953'. Women's Sexualities Conference, US: Indiana University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2002). 'Changi: Myth, Memory, Narrative and History’. Frontlines: Gender and War Conference, AUS: Monash University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Changi as Television. History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU, AUS: History Program, RSSS, ANU.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Contesting the Canon: The ADB Supplementary Volume Project. Australian Historical Association Conference, AUS: Australian Historical Association Conference.
  • Garton, S., Damousi, J., Moses, A., Windschuttle, K., Evans, R., McCullagh, B. (2002). The Great Debate About History. Symposium with Richard Evans, Keith Windschuttle, Behan McCullagh, Stephen Garton, Dirk Moses, Joy Damousi, AUS: University of New South Wales.
  • Garton, S. (2001). My Brilliant Career and Men. Centenary Symposium on My Brilliant Career, AUS: Macquarie University.

Textual Creative Works

  • Robertson, S., Garton, S., White, S., White, G. (2010). Digital Harlem Blog: News and analysis of the web site 'Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930'. Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930, 2010, (pp. January 2010 - December 2010). Sydney, Australia: Arts eResearch, University of Sydney.

Web Site / Exhibition

  • White, S., White, G., Robertson, S., Garton, S. (2010). Digital Harlem 1915-1930, Australia.

Reference Works

  • Garton, S. (2007). Heterosexuality.
  • Garton, S. (2007). Sexuality.
  • Garton, S. (2005). Edwin Street. In Chris Cunneen, Jill Roe, Beverley Kingston and Stephen Garton (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: Supplement 1580-1980. Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.
  • Garton, S., Kingston, B. (2005). Phillip Muskett. In Chris Cunneen, Jill Roe, Beverley Kingston and Stephen Garton (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: Supplement 1580-1980. (pp. 288-290). Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Cedric Howell Swanton. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 16. (pp. 352). Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2002). William Yeo. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16. Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.

2013

  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S. (2013). Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s. Journal of Urban History, 39(5), 864-880. [More Information]
  • Garton, S., Stanley, P. (2013). The Great War and its aftermath, 1914-22. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, (pp. 39-63). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.

2012

  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2012). Disorderly Houses: Residences, Privacy, and the Surveillance of Sexuality in 1920s Harlem. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 21(3), 443-466. [More Information]
  • Garton, S. (2012). Introduction: Panel 1: What were the dominant research agendas in 1969 and how have they changed? In Mark Finnane and Ian Donaldson (Eds.), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australia, (pp. 29-32). Crawley, WA, Australia: UWA Publishing.

2011

  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2011). The Black Eagle of Harlem. In W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, (pp. 291-314). Chapel Hill, USA: University of North Carolina Press.

2010

  • White, S., White, G., Robertson, S., Garton, S. (2010). Digital Harlem 1915-1930, Australia.
  • Garton, S. (2010). Criminal Propensities: Psychiatry, Classification and Imprisonment in New York State 1916-1940. Social History of Medicine, 23(1), 79-97. [More Information]
  • Robertson, S., Garton, S., White, S., White, G. (2010). Digital Harlem Blog: News and analysis of the web site 'Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930'. Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930, 2010, (pp. January 2010 - December 2010). Sydney, Australia: Arts eResearch, University of Sydney.
  • Garton, S. (2010). Eugenics in Australia and New Zealand: Laboratories of Racial Science. In Alison Bashford and Philippa Levine (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, (pp. 243-257). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2010). Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2010). This Harlem Life: Black Families and Everyday Life in the 1920s and 1930s. Journal Of Social History, 44(1), 97-122. [More Information]

2009

  • Garton, S. (2009). Australian Asylums and Their Histories. Health and History, 11(1), 25-45.

2008

  • Garton, S. (2008). 'Fit Only for the Scrapheap': Rebuilding Returned Soldier Manhood in Australia after 1945. Gender and History, 20(1), 48-67.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2008). The Envelope, Please. In James W. Cook, Lawrence B. Glickman and Michael OMalley (Eds.), The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present, and Future, (pp. 121-151). Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.

2007

  • Garton, S. (2007). 'Wild Follies and Ostentatious Displays': Reflections on Alexander the Great in India and the Question of Collective Memory. In Ray, Himanshu Prabha and Potts, Daniel T. (Eds.), Memory as History: The Legacy of Alexander in Asia, (pp. 1-15). New Dehli: Aryan Books International.
  • Garton, S. (2007). Heterosexuality.
  • Garton, S. (2007). Sexuality.

2006

  • Garton, S. (2006). Crime, Prisons and Psychiatry: Reconsidering Problem Populations in Australia, 1890-1930. In Peter Becker & Richard F. Wetzell (Eds.), Criminals and their Scientists: The History of Criminology in International Perspective, (pp. 231-251). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2005

  • Garton, S. (2005). 'The name insane gives a man the miserables": Asylum Histories in Australia'. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Congress, AUS: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Congress.
  • Garton, S., Cunneen, C. (2005). Australian Dictionary of Biography: Supplement, 1580-1980. Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2005). Edwin Street. In Chris Cunneen, Jill Roe, Beverley Kingston and Stephen Garton (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: Supplement 1580-1980. Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2005). Memoir: Private Life of a Public Man. Griffith Review, 10, 248-250.
  • Garton, S., Kingston, B. (2005). Phillip Muskett. In Chris Cunneen, Jill Roe, Beverley Kingston and Stephen Garton (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: Supplement 1580-1980. (pp. 288-290). Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

2004

  • Garton, S. (2004). Histories Of Sexuality: Antiquity To Sexual Revolution. London: Equinox Publishing.
  • Garton, S. (2004). Paradise of Quacks: An Alternative History of Medicine in Australia. By Philippa Martyr. Australian Historical Studies, 35(123), 189-190.

2003

  • Garton, S. (2003). 'Uncovering Sex: Investigating Women's Sexuality in New York, 1913-1953'. Women's Sexualities Conference, US: Indiana University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2003). Asylum histories: reconsidering Australia's lunatic past. In Colborne, MacKinnon (Eds.), Madness in Australia: histories, heritage and the asylum, (pp. 11-22). QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Garton, S. (2003). Managing Mercy: African Americans, Parole and Paternalism in the Georgia Prison Sysytem 1919-1945. Journal Of Social History, 36(3), 675-699.
  • Garton, S. (2003). On the defensive: Poststructuralism and Australian Cultural History. In Teo, H. M. and White, R. (Eds.), Cultural History in Australia, (pp. 52-66). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2002

  • Shlomowitz, E., Garton, S. (2002). "How much more generally applicable are remedial words than medicines": Care of the Mentally Ill in South Australia, 1858-1884’. Journal of Australian Colonial History, 4(1), 81-103.
  • Garton, S. (2002). 'Changi: Myth, Memory, Narrative and History’. Frontlines: Gender and War Conference, AUS: Monash University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Cedric Howell Swanton. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 16. (pp. 352). Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Changi as Television. History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU, AUS: History Program, RSSS, ANU.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Changi as Televisioon: Myth, Memory, Narrative and History. Journal of Australian Studies, (73), 79-88.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Contesting Enslavement: Marriage, Manhood and My Brilliant Career. Australian Literary Studies, 20(4), 336-349.
  • Garton, S. (2002). Contesting the Canon: The ADB Supplementary Volume Project. Australian Historical Association Conference, AUS: Australian Historical Association Conference.
  • Garton, S., Damousi, J., Moses, A., Windschuttle, K., Evans, R., McCullagh, B. (2002). The Great Debate About History. Symposium with Richard Evans, Keith Windschuttle, Behan McCullagh, Stephen Garton, Dirk Moses, Joy Damousi, AUS: University of New South Wales.
  • Garton, S. (2002). The scales of suffering: love, death and Victorian masculinity. Social History, 27(1), 40-58.
  • Garton, S. (2002). William Yeo. In John Ritchie (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16. Melbourne, AUS: Melbourne University Press.

2001

  • Garton, S. (2001). 'The Not So Good News: Archives and History’. Australian Family Tree Connections, January 2001, 15-17.
  • Garton, S. (2001). Modernity and the Monstrous: the Making of the Modern Psychopath. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 23, 64-81.
  • Garton, S. (2001). My Brilliant Career and Men. Centenary Symposium on My Brilliant Career, AUS: Macquarie University.

1996

  • Garton, S. (1996). The Cost of War: Australians Return. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

1990

  • Garton, S. (1990). Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social Welfare 1788-1988. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

1988

  • Garton, S. (1988). Medicine and madness : a social history of insanity in New South Wales 1880-1940. Kensington: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

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