About Professor Tim Allender

Professor Tim Allender's principal research over the past 20 years concerns Indian education. His latest monograph with Manchester University Press develops key gender, feminist and knowledge transfer themes concerning India. This book is the winner of the Anne Bloomfield book prize awarded by the HES (UK) for best history of education book published between 2014 and 2017. He has published earlier books, international journal articles and book chapters, illuminating other aspects of education in India. He is the editor of four special issues of international journals and he is on the editorial boards of six leading international journals. Professor Allender has held two successfully completed ARC grants. In recognition of his international standing as a scholar of education of India he delivered the keynote address to the world ISCHE conference in Turkey (June 2015). Tim has held visiting Professorships at the Georg Eckert Institute, Braunschweig, Germany, at the University of Toronto, Canada, at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, India, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is completing two research projects including the writing of two new monographs: one on educational epistemologies in India; the other on underprivileged girl education in Kolkata. He is also co-editor of a book on History Didactics in Australia (2019).

He has published international articles on these topics and his book, Ruling Through Education analyses, in postcolonial perspective, colonial education in north India in the late nineteenth century. Tim is working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant concerning the disciplinarity of classroom language and he has published a book on the social history of Western Victoria, Australia. Tim has been involved in history-syllabus development in NSW, and is particularly interested in developing its Asian prespective. He has also developed a course on cross-cultural education which has enabled his students to undertake international fieldwork research in Asia, Canada and Europe. Tim is also currently using the model of 'knowledge transfer' and gender for two research projects.

Keywords: history, postcolonial, empire, imperialism, history curriculum, feminist history, gender, empire, history didactics, knowledge transfer
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Selected publications


  • Allender, T., Clark, A., Parkes, R. (2019). Historical thinking for history teachers: A new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Allender, T., Clark, A., Parkes, R. (2019). Historical thinking in the Australian classroom. Teaching History, 53(1), 39-43.
  • Allender, T. (2019). Household bibis, pious learning and racial cure: Changing feminine identities in colonial India, 1780-1925. In F. Meseci Giorgetti, A. Arslan & C. Campbell (Eds.), Culture and education: Looking back to culture through education. London: Routledge.
  • Allender, T., Clark, A., Parkes, R. (2019). Introduction. In T. Allender, A. Clark, R. Parkes (Eds.), Historical thinking for history teachers: A new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness, (pp. xx-xxxii). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Allender, T. (2019). Teacher talk within the history classroom. In T. Allender, A. Clark, R. Parkes (Eds.), Historical thinking for history teachers: A new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness, (pp. 159-179). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Allender, T. (2019). Transnationalism and the engagement of empire: Precursors of the postcolonial world. In E. Fuchs & E. R. Vera (Eds.), The transnational in the history of education: Concepts and perspectives, (pp. 125-149). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]